This strong team of leaders reminds us to always put our customers first. They have inspired us to be the go-to experts in our field and we are proud of their vision for the future of Restaurant Technologies.
Jeffrey R. Kiesel
With more than 25 years of senior leadership experience, Jeff Kiesel is both the head and heart of Restaurant Technologies. He led the company to expand into a national service provider, established a new products team which has successfully launched a series of value added services, and continues to lead the evolution of an innovative and highly engaged team of over 900. Jeff joined in 2005 as CEO and stands by the set of values we call the 5 C’s: customer, character, commitment, courage, and community. These values ensure that we put our customers and our community, first – never being afraid to reach out to help, lead by example, and always put our best foot forward. As part of this commitment, Jeff drives the Restaurant Technologies Cares program and is Chairman of the RT Educational Foundation. He also serves as the chairperson of the CEO Connection Talent Management Committee, serves on the Nixon Medical Board of Directors, and the SALO Advisory Board.
Jeff held previous positions as CEO, president and senior vice president in both large and small companies across multiple industries, including 18 years with GE and GE Capital, and C-level positions with G&K Services and VIZTA3D Inc.
Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Family and fitness are passions for Jeff, including joining the Restaurant Technologies Team competing in Tough Mudder events.
Robert E. Weil
As chief financial officer, Bob Weil contributes significantly to the strategic direction of Restaurant Technologies as we continue to grow. With more than 25 years of finance and management experience, Bob brings perspective from the fast-paced world of air transport, having held financial management positions with MAIR Holdings (the parent company of Mesaba and Big Sky Airlines) and Northwest Airlines (now Delta). As a member of the team since 2007, Bob’s key accomplishments include recapitalizing the company’s new debt and equity financings in 2009 as well as executing the sale to EQT Partners in 2011 and to Aurora Capital in 2015. In 2015 Bob was selected as CFO of the year by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
Bob is a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. An avid cyclist, Bob bikes to work and has completed the 100-mile-long Century Ride for Tour de Cure every year since 2012.
Jason joined Restaurant Technologies in 2011. He leads our national account sales teams, supporting customers in the QSR, casual dining, grocery, convenience store, hospitality and non-commercial market segments.
Jason brings more than 15 years of business development and general management experience within the consumer goods, high-tech and retail industries from past positions with The Nielsen Company, Accenture and Procter & Gamble.
He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering technology from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Outside of work, you can find Jason in the kitchen rolling pasta and uncorking a bottle of his own Viognier wine.
Chief Marketing Officer Aric Nissen brings more than 20 years of experience and commercial success to Restaurant Technologies. As the company’s growth champion, Aric works with our customers, internal team members and industry influencers to guide company strategy and improve performance across all channels and markets.
Aric comes to Restaurant Technologies having led several of the highest-rated consumer advertising campaigns ever measured by USA Today’s AdTracker. He also led efforts behind Dairy Queen’s signature Blizzard® brand to double in size in less than five years. Aric has held previous leadership positions with Leeann Chin, Dairy Queen, Famous Dave’s, Subway, and management consulting firm Accenture. Additionally, he has served as a member and former chair of the National Restaurant Association (Marketing Executives Group).
Aric has been recognized as a “Marketer of the Year” by the Minnesota Advertising Foundation and a “40 under 40” leader by the Business Journal. His insights have been featured by Food Network, Nation’s Restaurant News, Brandweek Magazine and other industry-leading sources.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree and Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota as well as continuing education in Data Analytics from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Aric is an “active dad” who enjoys coaching youth sports, hiking, and fishing.
Alissa Partee joins Restaurant Technologies as the organization’s Chief People Officer after nearly 3 years with the Caribou Coffee Company (including Einstein Noah Restaurant Group) in a similar role.
Known for establishing high-performing Human Capital teams, she ensures that her team partners with the organization on all people-related matters including: Talent Acquisition, HR Technology, Learning & Development, Total Rewards, and strategic HR Business Partnership. Prior to Caribou, Alissa spent over 7 years with The Marvin Companies leading the Human Resources team in various capacities. Marvin relied on Alissa to help ensure their craftsmen and employees, nearly 6,000 manufacturing employees and leaders across the US, felt empowered in their roles, supported through programs and benefits and developed in their careers.
Alissa also spent her earlier career (2007 – 2010) with Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. – a blazing hot fast-casual restaurant company in the Minneapolis, MN area. Under the leadership of Sally Smith and Mary Twinem, Alissa was part of the high-growth mode for BWW, opening multiple stores a week and earning double-digit top line and bottom-line growth. Prior to BWW, Alissa was in Chicago, IL with a boutique executive compensation & consulting firm – The Delves Group.
When it comes to business, she pushes for clarity and focus and can often be heard reminding people: “It’s really easy to over-complicate something, but it’s really difficult to over-simply it.” Alissa enjoys time outside of work with her husband, Justin, of 11 years, their 3 children: Carter, Reese and Charlotte and their furriest “child” – Sully, their mini-Labradoodle. They spend their time traveling, being outdoors, and whipping up new recipes in their kitchen. She has a Bachelors in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a dual-concentration MBA in Corporate Finance and Human Resources Management from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (DePaul University) in Chicago, Illinois.
Tim Curran joined Restaurant Technologies as Senior Vice President of Operations in 2019. He oversees the company’s operations team and helps lead the expansion of its nationwide service and distribution networks. Tim is a strategic leader with a commitment to improvement and execution. Tim also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Before joining Restaurant Technologies, Tim was CEO of Binswanger Glass LLC, a provider of glass products and installation services with 60 branch locations throughout the United States. While there, Tim managed Binswanger’s company sale by Grey Mountain Partners. Prior to Binswanger, he was senior vice president for G&K Services, Inc., a leader in uniform rental and facility services. Tim has also held roles with AlliedSignal, Inc./Honeywell and Xerox Corp.
Tim received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland and his bachelor’s degree from Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
Lisa Merryfield was one of the original founders of Restaurant Technologies in 1997. With this tenure and loyalty as her background, she has been the key executive assigned to McDonald’s since inception. In addition to developing the strategy to grow and maintain our core business with McDonald’s, Lisa’s focused on understanding where the top quick service restaurant brand is headed in the future to identify new business opportunities where we can add value and expand its partnership with the McDonald’s System.
Prior to taking the founder’s leap, Lisa gained national chain and franchisee community experience as the McDonald’s Account Manager for MVE, Inc. and worked for The Limited Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and in her free time, she loves to travel and try the latest culinary trends.
Jessica joined Restaurant Technologies in 2020 and leads a talented digital marketing and sales development team.
Jessica brings over 20-years of marketing experience in business-to-business and direct-to-consumer organizations including; Creative Memories, Shutterfly, Lifetouch and JCPenney Portraits.
Her most recent focus was developing demand and lead generation engines and leveraging marketing automation to accelerate pipeline and sales growth.
Jessica is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and holds an MBA from Augsburg University. Outside of the office, Jess is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys time on the Minnesota lakes, hunting and spending time at her family retreat in the woods.
Tina leads the Field Sales, Customer Experience, Account Management and Sales Force Effectiveness functions with the goal of expanding the overall value that we bring to customers every day through process rigor and exceptional service.
Tina has nearly 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, and Six Sigma. She spent many years at General Electric Company and Ceridian Corporation prior to joining Restaurant Technologies in 2012.
Tina holds a BA degree in Sociology from the University of MN and an MBA and Master’s degree in Industrial Resources also from the University of MN. She is a certified Master Black Belt through the General Electric Company. In her spare time, she enjoys running 5K races and other fitness challenges such as Tough Mudder, but is most often found in a high school gym watching her three children play basketball.
Jim English serves as Vice President of National Accounts at Restaurant Technologies and is a versatile and collaborative sales leader with a proven track record of building, mentoring and motivating high performing teams to achieve company growth objectives. Jim started his career with Restaurant Technologies in 2007 serving as National Accounts Manager and was promoted to Director of National Accounts in 2014. In his current role as Vice President, Jim is responsible for growth in the retail segment and growing and developing existing strategic accounts. Jim has extensive successful experience in both direct sales and management in many food service segments including QSR, Casual Dining, Fast Casual, Grocery, and Convenience Store.
Jim has more than 25 years of industry experience having worked in National Accounts for several industry related companies including Ecolab’s Kay Chemical Division, Power Soak Systems, and Bettcher Industries.
Jim has Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas. Outside of work Jim enjoys spending time with his family along with fitness, travel, and sports.
As Chief Information Officer, Bruce Atkinson is passionate about using technology to enable growth and productivity at Restaurant Technologies. Focusing on the business facilitates his practical approach toward technology. In his current role, he delivers innovative technology solutions to support safer, smarter kitchens by leveraging the Internet of Things, big data, and cloud computing.
Prior to joining Restaurant Technologies, Bruce held a variety of global leadership positions with Thomson Reuters. Most recently, he held the roles of CTO and Vice President of IT within NorthStar Education Services and Great Lakes Higher Education Corp in the student loan industry.
Bruce holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas. When not at work, Bruce enjoys cycling and each fall sets out on a 4-day ride through the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin.
Diana Geseking, is General Counsel and Secretary for Restaurant Technologies where she advises senior leadership on a wide array of legal issues. She oversees a variety of legal functions across the business and brings diversified experience in contract negotiation, business transactions, corporate governance, intellectual property, risk mitigation, compliance and regulatory matters, privacy, advertising/marketing, employment and labor, and litigation management. She joined Restaurant Technologies in 2019.
Prior to Restaurant Technologies, Diana worked for Dyson, Inc. where she was General Counsel and Secretary for the company’s Americas Division. There, she was responsible for the strategic direction on all legal and regulatory issues that impact the North American business of the organization and advised senior executives on a broad range of matters to achieve business goals and deliver innovative technology. Prior to joining Dyson, Diana was a litigation associate at Sedgwick, LLC where she advised national and international companies on all aspects of state and federal litigation involved in contract, real estate, leasing, copyright, eminent domain, insurance liability, antitrust actions and more.
Diana is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.
David Wolf is a longtime Restaurant Technologies’ employee and executive, leading finance since 2007. As Vice President of Finance, David oversees a high-performing team of employees in supply chain, accounting, internal audit and treasury. David not only manages significant financial transactions for the company but also leads the development of internal audit and treasury functions for the company. David was also a key participant in due diligence, deal structuring and integration for multiple acquisitions, and an integral part of selling the company on multiple occasions. He also developed the overall vision of the company’s supply chain organization.
Before coming to Restaurant Technologies, David held positions in risk management, audit, and finance with Pulte Homes of Minnesota, Best Buy Co. Inc., and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
David holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota and CPA (inactive) and CMA license.
Josh Renihan is Vice President of Field Sales for Restaurant Technologies. Josh is responsible for the development and execution of sales strategy to increase Restaurant Technologies’ market shares across new and existing customers. He has a strong background leading cross-functional teams to successfully execute against business, sales and profitability targets.
Bringing over 20 years of experience in managing multi-million dollar sales and product marketing portfolios, Josh’s recent experience includes turning around under-performing business units to position for long-term, sustained growth.
Josh served as Director of U.S. Channel Sales for Abbott Laboratories Inc. and Vice President of Sales for U.S. Healthcare at Essity AB Inc., after a lengthy tenure at Kimberly-Clark Corp. holding various leadership positions.
Josh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.