John Kirkendoll, Founder/CEO
John is the founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management and a 30-year entrepreneur and entertainment proprietor. Since founding Kirkendoll Management in 1987, John has built a team of industry experts and professionals focused on creating value out of unique business opportunities and producing outstanding customer experiences. His business acumen and keen ability to identify and foster talent across a variety of industries has helped Kirkendoll Management become one of the top entertainment management companies in the world. Prior to forming Kirkendoll Management, John was a commercial banker and venture capitalist in Dallas. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University and Harvard Business School.
Throughout his career, John has championed a number of charitable and nonprofit organizations that reflect his personal values. Through his commitment to leverage the financial success of his company to promote positive change, Kirkendoll Management is building out a corporate social responsibility program to that will contribute to valuable programs in New Orleans and beyond.
Paul Stouse, Chief Financial Officer
Paul joined Kirkendoll Management in 2018, after serving as CFO for two high-growth companies – Lucid, LLC and Capital Investment Management – where he managed their finance, accounting, and business analytics activities. Prior to that, Paul served in a variety of finance and business development roles for Fortune 500 mining leader, Freeport-McMoRan. He has proven experience in raising growth capital in a variety of industries and across the capital structure. Paul received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and he is a CFA charter holder.
In his role as CFO, Paul manages the KM finance and accounting activities and works closely with the Restaurant and Nightclub divisions, supporting their growth initiatives and collaborating with the other operating and corporate leaders on strategic planning and execution.
Tim Spratt, Senior Vice President
After spending 4 years as the company’s top legal advisor, Tim’s focus is now on future growth opportunities for the company. He has advised on a wide array of legal issues, including employment law, contract drafting and negotiation, governmental compliance, and risk management and mitigation. He uses these insights to supplement and add value to the decision-making process. He also oversees outside counsel, achieving consistency and quality in all of the company’s affairs.
Tim sits on the Board of the French Quarter Business Association, an organization with over 200 business community members. The FQBA serves as a resource for information and educational activities, and monitors both local and state issues that may have an impact on business in the French Quarter. He was elected President in 2016.
Caroline Kirkendoll, Vice President
Caroline joined Kirkendoll Management is 2016 after graduating from Georgetown University with an MS in International Economics. Prior to attending Georgetown, Caroline lived in Costa Rica for three years, where she helped lead two different NGOs focused on education and community development initiatives. Caroline began her professional career on Wall Street working for Chilton Investment Company, a multi-billion dollar global hedge fund headquartered in New York. She received a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.
In her role at KM, Caroline works with both the Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions to help determine strategic direction and expansion opportunities, while also establishing in-house best practices to manage the company’s growing portfolio of businesses.
Macario DeLaCruz, Director of Technology
Nicey Simoneaux, Corporate Administrator
Planning and organization are key elements of every successful office, and this is where Nicey excels. With years of experience in accounting, financial insurance, and other professional arenas, she motivates the Kirkendoll Management team to offer our best work on a daily basis.
Vanessa Loewen, Executive Assistant and Risk Management Specialist
A native of Victoria, B.C. Canada, Vanessa graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Public Health (2015), and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences and Disaster Management (2017). While pursuing her Graduate Degree, she worked as an intern for the Tulane Department of Emergency Preparedness & Response, assisting with policy improvement, community outreach, and student engagement.
In her role at KM, Vanessa works with both the Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions to identify and mitigate risk across all venues. She is passionate about the identification, assessment and prioritization phases of threat and vulnerability analysis.
Vanessa also acts as an office assistant to Mr. Kirkendoll.
Chuck Rolling, Chief Operating Officer
Chuck joined Kirkendoll Management in 1992 as general manager. Since then, he’s traveled the country developing properties and supporting promising new ventures, from Myrtle Beach and Miami to Atlanta and Chicago.
During Chuck’s 20 years with the company, Kirkendoll has seen a substantial increase in profit. In 2011, he became COO, and continues to direct development from the company’s New Orleans headquarters.
Eddie Suqi, Director of Licensing
Eddie is a pioneering entrepreneur and the mind behind some of the nation’s most seminal concepts in dining and entertainment. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Computer Science, Eddie worked at Morgan Stanley for five years before leaving the corporate world to pursue his real passion: hospitality. Eddie’s first foray into the industry was a fresh concept called Sugar – A Dessert Bar, which he opened in Chicago in 2003 at just 27 years old. Sugar’s success quickly propelled Eddie into the spotlight, including a full-length feature in The New York Times. His creativity and can-do spirit led to positions in some of Chicago’s hottest cabarets, nightclubs, and restaurants, and he joined Kirkendoll Management’s Nightclub Division in 2016 as the Director of Licensing for Penthouse Clubs Worldwide.
Kevin Armantrout, Chief Executive Officer
As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Kevin is no stranger to helping brands reach their growth potential. He began his executive management career with Acme Oyster House in 1995. From there, Kevin joined Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he served in multiple executive leadership roles. In his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer of Another Broken Egg of America, Inc., Armantrout was responsible for turning the company into one of the fastest-growing brands in the breakfast/brunch segment across the U.S. and leading a capital investment partnership.
As CEO of Lucy’s, Armantrout’s primary goal will be to build out an internal team of personnel, systems, and processes that will help prepare the brand for significant growth. Armantrout will focus on fine-tuning the F&B to ensure Lucy’s is well-positioned for maximum success.
Jamie Munoz, Vice President of Operations
Jamie brings over 15 years of management and operational experience in the hospitality industry to Kirkendoll Management. His most recent tenure was at Dickie Brennan and Company here in New Orleans, where he worked for almost a decade before joining KM.
Jamie also holds meaningful roles in the New Orleans community and beyond. He is Board Member of the New Orleans Oyster Festival and a member of the Fore Kids Foundation and Louisiana Restaurant Association. He also works closely with the Louisiana Hospitality Association and runs Berckman’s Place during the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
Cody Morgan, Corporate Director
Cody brings over 10 years of bar and restaurant experience to the Kirkendoll Management team. Prior to joining KM, Cody spent six years as General Manager of The Rum House on Magazine St., where she helped facilitate the opening of their Baton Rouge location and development of their second concept, The Red Dog Diner. In addition to her role at KM, Cody also works for the Augusta National Golf Club during The Masters Golf Tournament as a Supervisor in The Club House. Cody was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.
Pete Montecino, Director of Food and Beverage
Pete brings 25 years of restaurant hospitality and operational experience to KM’s Restaurant Division. Pete was formerly with Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he oversaw the opening of 45+ corporate and franchise-owned restaurants around the world. His most recent tenure was as General Manager in the flagship New Orleans location.
Along with his role at Ruth’s Chris, Pete also served on the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Board from 2012-2015 and continues to work closely with the community through his involvement with several nonprofit organizations which aim to benefit the greater New Orleans Area.
Jessica Holtzman, Director of Marketing – Nightclub Division
Jessica initially joined the Kirkendoll Management team in 2009 at the club level while completing her BSM in Marketing at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Eight years later, she’s thrilled to call the corporate office her own.
Since graduating with honors in 2013, Jessica has lived and worked in Las Vegas and Miami advising premium hospitality and nightlife venues, including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and E11EVEN Miami, in marketing and public relations. Her specialties lie in conceptualizing and implementing dynamic campaigns for unique properties. Jessica plays an integral role in providing strategic direction for the marketing needs of both KM’s Nightclub Division and The Penthouse Club’s numerous licensees, with emphasis on digital and traditional advertising, public relations, social media, and business development.