Chris Milisci, Founder
November 15, 1967- April 19, 2020
Chris Milisci was the founder of Romulus Restaurant Group.
After earning a BA in economics at The University of Texas, Austin Chris worked briefly for IHOP Corp. Chris acquired a single under-performing store in Arizona in 1991. Chris then grew Romulus' "short-stack" of companies to include over 110 restaurants, employing approximately 6,000 employees in eleven states. He led Romulus Restaurant Group's companies, and when combined they create the largest independently owned IHOP franchisee/developer in the nation. Romulus Restaurant Group is routinely ranked in the top 50 by the Franchise Times’ Restaurant 200.
Chris was a two-time winner of IHOP’s Chairman Award for franchisee of the year and was a consistent regional franchisee of the year winner. Chris also created and led RCDG (Restaurant Capital & Development Group, LLC) which was focused on development and transactional acquisitions in and around the restaurant industry.
After a brief but valiant battle with appendiceal cancer, Chris passed away on April 19, 2020. His legacy of integrity, commitment to his employees and a sense of fair play lives on in Romulus Restaurant Group.
Chris Sumners, President & CEO
Chris Sumners is the President and CEO of Franchise Operations for Romulus Restaurant Group. Hired as Vice President of Operations in 1996, Chris has been integral to the business' growth and team development. Under his leadership the companies have grown from just seven units in the Phoenix market, to over 100 units in 11 states, and is consistently recognized as a sales and operations awards winner.
Chris’ passion for the restaurant business started as a teenager working at the local Dairy Queen. Prior to joining Romulus, Chris also worked for Chili’s, then as a multi-unit supervisor for Le Peep and Cracker Barrel, and for IHOP corporate as a Manager of Operations Services.
Chris is an influential and active participant in several committees within the IHOP system and is currently in his second term as the Chairman of the Franchise Leadership Council.
Mark Steinmetz, CEO of Accounting and Finance
Mark Steinmetz serves as the CEO of Accounting and Finance for Romulus Restaurant Group. He has been with Romulus since 1997. His responsibilities include overseeing the financial aspects of the group’s restaurant, real estate, and investment activities.
Prior to joining Romulus, Mark was with the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in their tax department. In 1995 he joined Planet Hollywood. During his tenure, Mark worked as the Controller of the Phoenix location, and also spent time in Europe helping to expand the European market by performing various accounting duties including new store openings, accounting, personnel training and hiring, and working with local auditors on transaction specific projects.
Mark holds a B.S. in Accounting from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Brown, CFO RMLS HOP
Kevin Brown serves as the Chief Financial Officer for RMLS HOP . He has been with Romulus since 2005. His responsibilities include overseeing the financial aspects of the group’s restaurant operations, and store development.
Prior to his employment with Romulus Restaurant Group, Kevin was a Senior Tax Manager for 16 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His clients included multinational and multistate companies in restaurants, high-technology and manufacturing. He also served as the Tax Director of a Fortune 500 company.
Kevin holds a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989.
Nicholas Perry, COO
Nicholas Perry serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He has been with the company since 2000, where he started his Romulus journey as a dishwasher. He currently oversees more than 100 IHOPs in 11 states.
Nicholas is responsible for all aspects of store level operations, sales/ profitability, compliance, and a mindset of continuous improvement. He oversees and monitors execution of company strategic initiatives, field management staffing, training and development, P&L statements and budgeting, and operations policies and procedures.