Our Team

Certified and Experienced Professionals
Our Core Team

Our team has opened more than 40 restaurants and nightclubs over the last 20 years in multiple states and countries.

Louie Spetrini
CEO Hospitality Industry Solutions
Lesley Carey
President of Operations
Yana Valkov
Senior Vice President
Tim Temoff
Facilities Management and Engineering
Baxter Christenson inc.
Brand Activation and Creative Design
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Louie Spetrini is a professional restaurateur and hospitality guru with more than 30 years of vast experience in the industry and CEO of Hospitality Industry Solutions. His extensive travels - coupled with an unusual and unique work history - have helped create and inspire an exceptional blend of creative flair and true passion for the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Mr. Spetrini''s experience, proven track record and comprehensive knowledge have allowed him the opportunity to be directly involved in opening and running numerous restaurants and venues successfully. His enterprises include both self-motivated ownership and hands-on MOD, running the South''s most renowned restaurants. His signature? A laser focus on customer service satisfaction, employee and managerial training, mentoring and fiscal responsibility.

As part of opening and managing restaurants and venues, Mr. Spetrini has created numerous service, wine, and culinary training manuals, which are still used today in many of the restaurants. He also develops dishes and menus, inspired by his culinary travels and research.

Throughout his impeccable career, Louie Spetrini has opened fifteen restaurants and nightclubs, including renowned Atlanta Landmark, Velvet Nightclub, fine dining venues Sea Salt (Saint Petersburg), Smyth (Milwaukee), El Scorpion (Miami Beach) and has managed multiple four-star fine dining restaurants. He was directly involved in consulting a start-up company led by world renowned restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow in Atlanta Georgia called Maxim Prime at the Glenn Hotel. Mr. Spetrini has also owned several restaurants including Big Red Tomato (Atlanta) Cucina Aqui (Redington Beach and Nueva Cantina (Saint Petersburg and Tampa).

In addition, Mr. Spetrini has consulted for many high profile restaurant openings including three in South Florida in 2013, including conceptually creating and launching the 23,000 sq. ft. Trio on the Bay in Miami Beach.I In 2014, he opened and managed Sea Salt in downtown St. Petersburg’s prestigious SunDial. In 2015, he consulted on the Rowdies Den revamp and menu for The Edwards Group.

Mr. Spetrini has rebranded and created several hotel Food & Beverage programs including, Wyndham Garden Inn (Atlanta), Glenn hotel (Atlanta) Hilton Palm Beach (West Palm Beach), Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee) and The Culver Hotel (Los Angeles).

As owner, Mr. Spetrini opened Cucina Aqui Southwest Restaurant and Tequila Bar in Redington Shores’ in 2015. In 2016, Mr. Spetrini opened two locations of a high-end Mexican concept called Nueva Cantina in Saint Petersburg/Tampa. Mr. Spetrini has a solid business insight combined with innate communication skills, necessary to maintain a passionate and productive working environment in the restaurant industry.

  • Culver Hotel – Culver City CA
  • Cucina Aqui Southwest Restaurant & Tequila Bar – St. Petersburg FL
  • Sea Salt – St. Petersburg FL
  • Iron Horse Hotel – Milwaukee WI
  • Rowdies Den – St. Petersburg FL
  • Nueva Cantina -St. Petersburg/Tampa
  • Front Porch Café – Miami Beach FL
  • Backyard Patio & Grill - Tampa
  • Grand Hotel Porto Cervo – Sardinia Italy
  • Hilton Palm Beach – Palm Beach FL

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President of Operations

Ms. Lesley Carey has over 18 years of development, renovation and general management experience with luxury boutique hotels and resorts both in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Carey attended Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Ms. Carey has helped create, design and manage some of the top boutique hotels in the world. She managed the Argyle hotel’s full renovation and rebranding. The Argyle experienced an approximate doubling of the ADR during her tenure. She then managed the renovation and rebranding at the Orlando Hotel in Los Angeles (a luxury boutique hotel blocks away from the Beverly Center), and then the Lodge at Rancho Mirage (formerly The Ritz Carlton) in the Palm Springs area. At both hotels she assumed full general management responsibility before and after the renovation. Through Ms. Carey’s efforts there was a significant increase in ADR at both hotels. Ms. Carey also was responsible for the concept design and project management for SILQ, a luxury boutique hotel currently operating in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Carey has developed (2) Hotel & Resort Management Companies – Palmer Hospitality Group and Cicero Hospitality Group which successfully operated domestically and internationally ​

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Senior Vice President

Yana Valkov is an accomplished hospitality Executive with 25 years of diverse multi-unit operational experience at hotels, resorts, and prestigious private clubs. She has extensive opening experience and project management leadership skills and is dedicated to superior guest service and fiscally responsible operations. Yana has had the privilege to work for some of the world re-known Resorts in Florida –Fountainebleau Hilton, Sheraton Bal Harbour, Sonesta Key Biscayne, Fairmont Hotel where she has lead teams that catered to numerous Royalties, high ranking politicians and celebrities. She has held positions as Food and Beverage Director, Director of operations, Corporate Director of Operations and Director of Global Supply Chain and Project Management. She has the corporate training and work ethics and luxurious brand service level experience. Her core competencies are Project Management of new Openings; Procurement and Supply Management; Renovation & Rebranding Projects; Concept Development and cost control. She has spent the last 15 years fully invested in bringing her experience and knowledge on a whole other level. She has managed new construction, remodeling and re-branding projects with excess of $ 45M and operational budget in excess of $ 50M. ​

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Facilities Management and Engineering

Tim Temoff has over 20 years of experience in Facilities Management and Engineering. Tim started his career in commercial manufacturing and fabrication management of millwork and medical implant facilities. Tim holds international certification in ASME, ANSI, ISO & GD&T. He is also licensed with Computer Numeric Control equipment and CAD. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Croatian and Bulgarian. He has extensive experience in construction and remodeling projects both commercial and residential. Tim is in depth familiar with the aches and pains of bringing a remodel and new construction projects to the finish line. Tim’s knowledge and experience come instrumental in Security, AV and IT Departments as well as Facilities’ Management. He also has experience with the Historic Preservation as most recent project was one of the Historic Landmarks in Miami Beach. ​

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