Founder and CEO
Tony Gemignani is the chef and owner of nearly 30 restaurants in Northern California and Las Vegas, including Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Capo’s, Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, and Pizza Rock in Las Vegas. A 13-time world pizza champion, Tony has been perfecting his craft for more than two decades and holds an impressive set of awards for his pizza making and tossing skills. He is proprietor of the International School of Pizza in San Francisco, where he certifies chefs from around the world, and is an official U.S. Ambassador of Neapolitan Pizza by the city of Naples, a prestigious title only given to three people in the entire world. Tony has appeared on a number of popular shows including “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and was a regular on Food Network, including taking home the gold medal at the Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge. He is the author of PIZZA, Tony and the Pizza Champions, and most recently, The Pizza Bible, the definitive book on pizza.
Founder and President
In addition to being one of the founders and operators of The BackBeat, Ruby Skye, Slide, Aura, Pizza Rock Sacramento, Dive Bar, District 30, Reunion, Pizza Rock Las Vegas, Slice House by Tony Gemignani, George Karpaty has been in the food and beverage industry for 40 years. George attended the Hotel and Restaurant Hospitality Program offered at San Francisco City College. Some of the various positions George has held includes Food and Beverage Director for The Holiday Inn in Belmont, Director of Operations and Executive Chef for ShBoom Nightclubs, Corporate Chef for Hobee’s Restaurant Chain, Executive Chef for Lloyds of San Francisco, Executive Chef and Owner Operator for the critically acclaimed Gray Derby Restaurant along with numerous consulting positions with National Purchasing Associates.
Founder and VP, Franchise Development
Trevor entered the nightlife industry in 1999 as Founder and CEO of Mixed Elements, one of the West Coast’s largest promotion companies. Mixed Elements produced events in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Miami. Trevor quickly moved into ownership and marketing operations of San Francisco Bay Area nightlife venues, including Ruby Skye, Slide, Aura, Dolce, Circa, Apartment 24, and Sno-Drift. In 2011, Trevor and his partner, George Karpaty, opened three new venues in Sacramento, bringing 7000 people weekly to The New K Street: Dive Bar, District 30, and Pizza Rock (along with Celebrity Chef/Partner Tony Gemignani). In 2013, Trevor and his partners, George and Tony, opened Tony’s of North Beach and Slice House in the new Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, CA (operated by Las Vegas’ Station Casinos). Also in 2013, they brought Pizza Rock to Downtown Las Vegas to the new Downtown 3rd. In 2015, they opened another Pizza Rock in Henderson, NV at Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino. In addition to Pizza Rock and Slice House, Trevor co-founded Smartcare, a child care management software company, which was acquired by Vanco in 2020.
Founder and VP, Operations
Bill Ginsburg was born and raised in the restaurant business in Chicago. His family owned and operated a few neighborhood bars on the North Side as well as a Mobil Four Star French Restaurant. Early on in his career he was voted the top General Manager in the country by his peers as well as top Regional Manager two years later. He has been with both Boston Market and California Pizza Kitchen during their initial growth phase when each had single digit locations. He has previously been selected to sit on a panel discussion with Jim Sullivan, one of the foremost authorities on Restaurant Leadership. Bill was recruited by the President of AEG to relocate to California to run the Food and Beverage at The STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater. During his time there he was directly responsible for the operations that catered to The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, The Grammy Awards, ESPY’s. BET Awards, and MTV awards just to name a few. He left STAPLES to start his own consulting firm while looking for that perfect fit. He found it with the Pizza Rock / Slice House group and has never looked back. Bill still enjoys amazing relationships with everyone he has crossed paths with. He is an expert on building teams and inspiring brand loyalty while simultaneously delivering strong profits and inspired leaders.
Chief Marketing Officer
With an illustrious career marked by her innovative branding strategies, Renae has been instrumental in scaling both iconic brands as CMO at Roundtable Pizza and Togo’s Sandwiches, Vice President at Carl’s Jr., and at emerging brands as CMO of Ike’s Sandwiches, Veggie Grill, and Pizza Rev. Her extensive experience has made her a nationally recognized industry expert and has fueled her drive towards strategic brand evolution and market growth. As an inspiring teambuilder and branding expert, she brings her passion for restaurant marketing to life at Slice House.
Chief Technology Officer
David has over 25 years of experience in software engineering, marketing, and technology. He holds an MBA and an MS in IT management and excels at the convergence of technology and business. David has consulted with and built digital solutions for over 30 national brands across diverse industry verticals, with a significant focus on the Quick-Service Restaurant (QSR) and fast casual sector. He has deep technical experience in cloud infrastructure and technical architecture, particularly within the realm of order-ahead apps in the restaurant space, where his contributions have earned multiple awards.
Kitchen Training Manager
Anthony’s distinguished culinary career is marked by his role as Executive Chef at Herbs and Rye in Las Vegas, where he assumed leadership after mastering various kitchen stations. Later, at Bunkhouse, a contemporary music venue, he redefined bar cuisine. As his passion for gastronomy deepened, Anthony became the Executive Chef at Itsy Bitsy, a renowned ramen and whiskey establishment, honing his skills in flavor development. Currently, for the past three years, he serves as the Executive Chef at Pizza Rock, working alongside the esteemed 13-time world pizza champion, Tony Gemignani, showcasing his unwavering dedication to culinary innovation and storytelling through food.
Field Operations Training Manager
With over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including 5 years as FOH Trainer at Cheesecake Factory, Dominique’s passion for hospitality and culinary excellence runs deep. Throughout her career, Dominique has honed her skills in various roles within the restaurant world. From front-of-house operations to training management, she has gained invaluable insights into the inner workings of successful dining establishments. Her hands-on experience has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s demands and challenges.