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Todd Brighton Joins Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants as Chief Development Officer

Posted on April 12, 2018

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around food and wine, announced Todd Brighton as Chief Development Officer. The company, which is growing at a rapid pace, is currently ranked the 34th largest winery in the U.S. (Wine Business Monthly), and is home to a 300,000-member Wine Club, one of the largest in the world.

As Chief Development Officer, Todd Brighton is charged with strategic planning, site acquisition, and commercial development for all new Cooper’s Hawk restaurants. The company has been expanding at a rate of five new restaurant/tasting room facilities each year, and that pace is expected to accelerate.

Brighton brings a breadth of expertise backed by direct industry experience gleaned from a 13-year tenure as Chief Development Officer at Red Robin Restaurants. Brighton also brings experience from Pepsico, Inc., RTM Restaurant Group, Quantum Restaurants, Equity Partners and more.

Brighton reports to Cooper’s Hawk President and Chief Operating Officer, John Inserra. He holds two degrees from Western Michigan University: a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Management. He relocated from Boca Raton, FL to join the Cooper’s Hawk team in Chicago, where he resides with his wife and twin sons.

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. A lifestyle brand focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives, Cooper’s Hawk is the 34th largest winery in the U.S. and home to over 300,000 Wine Club Members. The concept is a fusion of familiar elements – winery, modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market – that has combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience. Cooper’s Hawk has won over 400 awards for its wine and has been named the Official Wine of the Screen Actors Guild® Awards through 2020. Cooper’s Hawk wines are sourced, blended, aged, bottled and distributed exclusively through Cooper’s Hawk.

Region: North America
Job Function: Purchasing/Finance

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