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Corey Barriera

Corey Barriera

Regional Director of Operations - Newport Harbor Corporation
Since a very young age, hospitality has been a way of life for Corey Barriera, Newport Harbor Corporation’s regional director of operations. His 20-year career in the industry began with a passion for homemade food over great conversation, elements ...
Kevin DiLibero

Kevin DiLibero

Culinary Arts Director - Newport Harbor Corporation
As the Culinary Arts Director at Newport Harbor Corporation, Kevin DiLibero brings more than 11 years of culinary experience to the Avvio team, where he blends his knowledge and appreciation for ‘beautiful food done simply’ to create menus that showcase...
Greg Coccio

Greg Coccio

Executive Chef - Avvio Ristorante
Executive Chef Greg Coccio began his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 14 as a dishwasher at Martino’s in North Kingstown, RI. Realizing his passion for working in the restaurant industry, he spent five years at Martino’s, working his way...
Raul Esteves

Raul Esteves

General Manager - Avvio Ristorante
Raul Esteves, general manager of Avvio, is a Portuguese-native and has been a Rhode Islander since the age of five. His first job in the hospitality industry as a busboy at Spain restaurants in Narragansett and Cranston led him to a position as head...
MAX PETERSON

MAX PETERSON

Executive Chef - Hemenway's
Fall River, Massachusetts native Max Peterson has cooked from coast to coast in the kitchens of Flemings, the Pink Door in Pike Place Market in Seattle, and the Zephyr Grill in California under the apprenticeship of Nick Musser. Upon his return to New ...
SHAWN WESTHOVEN

SHAWN WESTHOVEN

BEVERAGE DIRECTOR
Shawn Westhoven carefully selects only those beers, wines, and cocktails that best complement our menu and concept. He sources his spirits from local brewers, vineyards and distillers whenever possible and changes them seasonally to help create a ...
KIM WELLS

KIM WELLS

General Manager - 22 Bowen's
A veteran of hospitality, Kim strives to make each guest’s experience even better than the last. So she fosters a dynamic, engaging setting where visitors feel as if they’re guests of honor in a friend’s home. She’s also known to help arrange the ...
VINCENT LO BUONO

VINCENT LO BUONO

General Manager - Waterman Grille
Vincent Lo Buono came to the Newport Restaurant Group with a seasoned hospitality career under his belt, working in restaurants in both the New England and the Tri-State area. Acting as key player in the Todd English Enterprise from 2002 to 2012 and ...
Tobey Sanborn

Tobey Sanborn

General Manager - Hemenway's
Tobey Sanborn has always had a passion for both the restaurant industry and seafood. In 1993, he moved to Providence to pursue a degree at Johnson & Wales University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. He fell in love ...
Matthew Petersen

Matthew Petersen

Executive Pastry Chef - Newport Restaurant Group
While his name might be familiar to many as the Fan Favorite from Season 2 of Top Chef’s Just Desserts, it’s Matthew’s pastries that have garnered accolades while working at an eclectic mix of top restaurants: Morimoto in Philadelphia, DB Bistro in ...

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