Meet our team.

 John Baker, Principal

Mr. Baker is a principal and co-founder of the company, with over 26 years in the retail/commercial real estate development industry.  His focus at Brand Growth includes real estate development, finance & project oversight for company and client projects.  His experience includes managing corporate development departments for major regional and national companies such as IHOP, Rubio’s, Boston Market, and El Pollo Loco restaurants.

He has managed significant projects including a menu re-imaging of the Carl’s Jr. brand with over 600 restaurants in less than 6 weeks, concept prototype rollouts for Gap stores including Old Navy and Banana Republic among other retail brands.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University, an MCR distinction (Masters of Corporate Real Estate) and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Dino Savant, Principal

Mr. Savant is a principal and co-founder of the company, who’s responsibilities include real estate, finance, and strategic consulting services. Recent clients include: IHOP, Carl’s Jr. El Pollo Loco, Key Bank, Rite Aid Drug, Wendy’s, Del Taco, Quizno’s, Johnny Rockets, and Starbucks. Prior to Brand Growth, he was with El Pollo Loco, responsible for all real estate functions nationwide.  During his three year tenure, he grew the brand by 20%, while new locations broke “Grand Opening” sales records three years in a row. Before joining El Pollo Loco, He was Vice President of Development for Cimm’s Inc., one of the largest franchisees for Burger King & Tony Romas. During his time there, the company more than doubled in size, bringing their restaurant to over 150 locations.

Mr. Savant has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker, along with a member of the International Council Shopping Centers.

David Vasquez, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, David is responsible for all aspects of financial and strategic planning for restaurant operations and acquisitions. Prior to joining TRG, David was in public accounting most recently coming from BDO, a top 10 national accounting and consulting firm, where he consulted on tax and accounting issues for clients ranging from $1 billion in revenue to start-ups across the restaurant, real estate, manufacturing and services industries. David also worked for a supply chain technology firm focused on the retail industry which he managed cross-functional teams who worked with implementing solutions for retailers and theirs suppliers. His focus was implementing process improvement programs with a client relationship focus.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Golden Gate University and is a licensed CPA.

Robert Henderson, Vice President of Operations

As the Vice President of Operations, Robert brings over fourteen years of experience operating Quick-Service and Casual Dining restaurants. He oversees all operations of TRG’s restaurants with a focus on a great customer and employee experience. Under Roberts’s leadership TRG’s IHOP restaurants have consistently ranked in the top 10% of the nation by exceeding IHOP Corporate standards for Corporate inspections. Robert was responsible for four new restaurant openings and continues to oversee all new restaurant openings. He started with TRG in 2005 as a General Manager and has assumed a number of key management roles including District Manager and Director of Operations. Prior to TRG he held management roles at two large franchisee groups.