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Rosana DeMar

Rosana DeMar

As Upward’s People & Culture Manager, Rosana’s top priority is making sure everyone has a great experience at our restaurants, from guests to staff and everyone in-between. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Rosana started in HR and payroll and quickly realized she...
Shawn Gibbs

Shawn Gibbs

Proudly representing Chi-town, Shawn is new to Upward, but he’s a lifelong hospitality and catering pro. A hotelier at heart, he loves fostering and building relationships, and the way breaking bread brings us all together. At home, you’ll find him nodding along to...
Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Born in Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, Chris is way too polite to say this, but he’s kind of a big deal. Previously overseeing high-profile hospitality projects ranging from the Trafalgar Hotel in London to the famed Union Square Hospitality Group in NYC, he even...
Tim Roy

Tim Roy

The pride of Woodsville, New Hampshire, Tim’s task is simple: sourcing and hiring the best talent in the nation. A lover of everything outdoorsy (hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, kayaking, hunting, mountain biking), when he is indoors, he’s been known to whip up one...
AJ Jolley

AJ Jolley

An Upward Projects vet of seven years, and a former collegiate soccer player, AJ brings an electric energy and passion to the room as soon as she walks in. A natural mentor and leader, AJ is always offering encouragement and words of wisdom to the Upward team. In her...