Samuel N. Borgese
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Samuel N. Borgese joined CB Holding Corp. as the president and chief executive officer in April of 2009. CB Holding Corp. is the parent company and corporate support for Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Bugaboo Creek Steak House and The Office Beer Bar & Grill. As president and CEO, Borgese oversees the executive and restaurant management teams in implementing the strategic planning and operational tactics necessary to manage and grow the CB Holding Corp. brands. His nearly 25 years of experience in brand and restaurant development have honed his ability to implement new initiatives and programs that translate to sustainable growth.
Most recently, Borgese held the position of president and CEO of Catalina Restaurant Group, a San Diego-based restaurant company with more than 220 locations throughout the southwestern United States. Under Borgese's leadership, Catalina brand restaurants -- Coco's Restaurant & Bakery and Carrows -- were successfully revitalized, resulting in double-digit comparable same-store sales and a more than 50 percent increase in profits in less than two years. Borgese also successfully guided Catalina through its sale and integration to Zensho Group, one of Japan's leading restaurant and food service companies, when it was purchased in 2006.
Prior to entering the restaurant business, Borgese spent five years as the CEO of two San Diego-based technology companies which followed 20 years experience in specialty and promotional multi-unit corporate real estate as senior executive and chief development officer. He has also been engaged as an advisor to the Boards of Directors of privately and publicly owned retail companies.
Most notably, Borgese was Director of Real Estate and Construction for Office Club, Inc., a venture capital-funded retail office products warehouse chain. At the time he joined Office Club in 1987, it was a privately held company operating five stores with annual sales of $45 million. In 1991, Office Club successfully completed a $248 million merger with Office Depot, Inc., to create the nation's largest office products superstore at that time.
Borgese has lived in Southern California for more than 26 years, and has recently taken a second residence in New York City in order to lead CB Holding Corp. operations, headquartered in Mountainside, N.J.
Borgese studied architecture at Temple University. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, reading and architecture-related travels.