Denise Herrera

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Herrera,-deniseDenise Herrera

Burtons Grill LLC
Vice President Operations

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • AOS Culinary Arts, BS Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University
  • UMASS Emerging Leaders Cohort 2012
  • Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program Inaugural Class 2010
  • Les Dames d’Escoffier Boston Chapter
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association Board of Directors 2012-2015
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Education Foundation Board of Directors 2013-current

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Professor Carlomusto and Kevin Harron have been two mentors of mine who both taught me about perseverance. Kevin has always taught me to be the leader I want my team members to become and to be self-reflective and self-accountable.  When you reach a certain executive level you have to keep challenging yourself as you are your own self motivator.  Stay real.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? I am most proud of what we at Burtons have accomplished over the past 10 years. I am proud to know that I had a hand in crafting a successful and growing restaurant group with 2 concepts that focus on quality, integrity and pride along with being able to influence the various people along the way.  My defining moment is when I was asked to hang up my chef coat and oversee all operations of the restaurants.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is being able to turn off.  I love what I do therefore I am always seeking more information regarding the hospitality industry and looking for ways to improve upon the guest and employee experiences.  I need to remember that I have 2 young children and they grow up fast!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: The advice I have for upcoming younger executives is to know that you are always being watched by your peers so it is important that you have a good sense of who you are and how you lead. Practice what you preach.

Hobbies: Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Gardening, Cooking & Eating Out!