ABOUT

Many flavors,
coming together.

Based in Houston, Texas, MRI Heritage Brands, Inc. is a restaurant development and management firm that oversees five successful brands.

Combined, those brands represent over 150 years of operational experience. And while our brands are diverse, our approach has been constant throughout our long history. We dedicate ourselves passionately to providing our customers with a great experience—an experience that begins with fresh, quality food and extends to friendly employees and a fun, often uniquely different atmosphere.

Fresh food, fresh ideas.

We’re never afraid to try new things. Indeed, we’re afraid not to. Because appetites evolve, we continually seek innovative twists on traditional standards, embracing and adapting those things that have proven successful. And how do we know what’s successful?

Our restaurant concepts have inspired generations of intensely loyal customers. They rave and reminisce about us in blogs and on social media. They share their experiences with friends and family. And they keep coming back.

While we have a history of making smart acquisitions, our success flows from the passion infused in everything we do—a passion that has inspired some of the world’s most fiercely loyal fans. We love them all.

Our values

Fresh ingredients and pure devotion.

It takes more than a great meal to make a great company. It takes a passionate commitment to putting a smile on someone’s face. These are the values that make that commitment possible.

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    We’re more than family restaurants.

    We’re family. There’s a very good reason our company turnover rate is extremely low compared to the industry average. We are a family. And we work hard to cultivate a mutually supportive environment in which friendships flourish.

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    There’s no better place to be your best.

    Our company history is filled with success stories—like the busboy who loved his job so much he decided to buy the company. We love to encourage and reward excellence. Take advantage of opportunity. We have plenty in stock.

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    Achieve balance in life.

    The most important things in your life are your health, your family, and your career—in that order. Maintain both the proper perspective and proportion. You’ll experience success in all three areas.

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    We are community.

    Whether it’s supporting schools and FFA programs or helping individual families get back on their feet after a devastating hurricane, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.

Executive Leadership

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Pete Pascuzzi

Chief Executive Officer

Pete Pascuzzi has a proven track record of transforming restaurant operations to increase sales, profitability, market share, and employee retention. With over 35 years of experience, he has held executive leadership roles at Perkins & Marie Callender’s, Home Style Dining (Bonanza and Ponderosa Steakhouse), Ovation Brands (Ryan’s Steakhouse), Pasta Pomodoro, and Falcon Holdings (a leading national franchisee with over 300 restaurants under the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Church’s, Long John Silver’s and Taco Bell brands).

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Greg Snodgrass

Chief Operations Officer

With 30 years in the restaurant industry, including past roles at Kona Grill and Black Chile Mexican Grill, Greg Snodgrass brings seasoned insight to the executive team and is committed to operational excellence at every location.

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Nancy Cross

Chief People Officer

For 27 years, Nancy Cross has handled all aspects of human resources, including employee relations, training and development, talent acquisition, risk management, compensation, and benefits—encouraging and growing MRI’s most important asset.

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Tino Herrera

Vice President Operations

Tino has been with the company for nearly 20 years working as Training Director and most recently as Operations Director. As Vice President Operations, Herrera oversees all aspects of restaurant operations leveraging his nearly two decades of experience to lead strategic growth and innovation across the entire network of restaurants.

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Bryan Pelt

Vice President Franchise Sales

Bryan leads the next phase of franchise growth for Űberrito. He has over 25 years’ experience in sales and franchise development. His diverse background includes working as Director of Franchise Development at iCode, serving as Director of Franchise Sales at Boston’s Pizza and as Vice President of Portfolio Management at Dickey’s Barbeque Pit.

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Crystina Bukrinsky

Vice President Training

Crystina has been with the company for nearly 20 years working in various roles in the training department. As Vice President Training, Bukrinsky supports all corporate and franchised restaurants with a unique and robust training program designed to help restaurant operations hire new employees, provide ongoing education, prepare orientation and food safety classes, evaluate performance and oversee a group of certified trainers.

Let’s talk.

We love to build great things and that includes relationships. If you’re interested in joining our team, taking advantage of an investment opportunity, or learning more about MRI Heritage Brands, Inc., please contact us.

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