Restaurant CIOs
Restaurant CIOs

About Restaurant CIOs

Experienced. Focused. Engaged.

Why Restaurant CIOs

Your IT team may be great at keeping the IT “lights on,” but they don’t necessarily have the talent to align your business objectives with the technology universe.  Restaurant CIOs offers the high-level technology advice your company needs, at the volume you need it.  Restaurant CIOS is focused specifically on the well-being of your business. Because of our long-term relationship with your company, we act more like a member of your team than as a consultant.

We have direct experience in a wide variety of brand specialties: from QSR to Fine Dining; from single stores to global brands; private and public; company owned or franchised. Our CIO partners have over 50 years combined in executive technology leadership; specializing in restaurants, retail, hotel and other hospitality segments.


It's About Value

You don’t always need technology strategist, so why pay for a full-time CIO when you don’t need one?

There is a threshold where adding to the executive team makes sense.  Your company doesn’t want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a full-time, top CIO, when the opportunities to take full advantage of their skills aren’t constantly there (paying a top CIO to fix your printer isn’t the best use of the salary they demand).  Restaurant CIOs fits this scenario perfectly, now you can hire a part-time CIO and only pay for top-dollar work and leave the printer fixing to someone a bit more affordable.

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The Partner CIOs



Joe Tenczar

Joe has been the Chief Information Officer for Sonny’s BBQ, one of the largest and most popular barbecue restaurant companies in the country, since 2014. Tenczar joined Sonny’s BBQ with a focus on creating the franchise restaurant technology blueprint of the future.  His specialties include a strategic focus on emerging technology’s place in hospitality and understanding the overall tactical hospitality technology necessities. Tenczar also led the Marketing, Finance & Accounting, and Purchasing areas for Sonny’s.

Before Sonny’s BBQ, Tenczar was the CIO for Hard Rock International, where he led the R&D and global rollout of many innovative technologies that affect the Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel guests and staff members.

After beginning his career as a programmer and manager for financial software companies, Tenczar was a senior technology leader for the second largest arm of the Marriott Corporation.  He then joined Ripley’s Entertainment as VP of Technology during the construction of their Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Canada. During his tenure, Tenczar helped pioneer the use of RFID technology into POS and PMS systems for the benefit of guest security and convenience.

Tenczar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and Computer Science from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer Business School at Rollins College.  He sits on the executive advisory boards for many of the top industry and trade publication organization, and several cutting-edge hospitality technology companies.



  • Technology Innovation

  • Corporate Technology Alignment

  • Marketing Systems

  • Disruptive Change Management

  • Franchise Business

  • Business Intelligence

  • Technology Valuation

  • Technology Contract Review

  • System Design/ Integration

  • Application Development

  • Agile Project Management (certified Scrummaster)

  • Process Improvement

  • Budgeting/ Forecasting




Brian Pearson

Brian has led dynamic IT organizations for startup, growth, franchise, and mature public restaurant companies. Brian’s IT development began in the US Army, where he studied cryptography and telecommunications management. He has also led the technology organizations for Ruby’s DinerBJ’s Restaurants, and recently STACKED Restaurants, LLC.

At both Ruby’s Diner and BJ’s Restaurants, Brian had to build solutions from the ground up, integrating POS, KDS, HRIS, ERP and numerous other in store and above store technologies to achieve the company's strategic agenda. At BJ’s he also led the Sarbanes-Oxley, and PCI implementations from ground up.

Brian is an IT leader with a foundation in Operations. He was a general manager for both Chart House and Island’s Restaurants, and he remains extremely attentive to Operational considerations.



  • Business Process Automation

  • PCI Compliance and Management

  • Startup Management and Resource sourcing

  • Application Integration

  • Product Evaluation



Other CIOs

Beyond our founding partners, Restaurant CIOs is made up of several other top restaurant CIOs that work as primary or collaborative partners to help your business.  As with Brian and Joe, these technology leaders have had extensive experience in the industry for some of the largest restaurant brands in the world.   Bringing in partners beyond Brian and Joe extends the specialty and experience of Restaurant CIOs.