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Christopher A. Tomasso

Chris Tomasso

CEO & President

A seasoned executive leader with a track record of success, Chris has more than 25 years of experience guiding some of the most well-known brands in the restaurant and entertainment industries.

In June of 2018, Chris was named Chief Executive Officer of First Watch Restaurants, Inc. after serving as President since December of 2015 and Chief Marketing Officer from 2006 to 2015. Prior to joining First Watch, Chris led strategic branding and marketing for renowned national and international brands such as Cracker Barrel and Hard Rock Café International. He was honored on Nation's Restaurant News' Power List in 2017 and recognized as one of the most admired C-Suite executives by FSR Magazine in 2021.

Chris earned a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is an active alumnus who currently serves on the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors. He was inducted into the university's Nicholson School of Communication and Media Hall of Fame in 2016.


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