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Vicente Del Rio

CEO / Founder
vdelrio@frimexgroup.com

Born and raised in Mexico City, Vicente is a business man and entrepreneur, CPA by profession and chef by heart, since he was young he stated to get involved in the industry by opening taquerias in Mexico City until he got an opportunity to move to LA for his job as an accountant, Vicente left everything behind. Realizing there were no good Mexican food offerings in LA, Vicente decided to open the first Frida Restaurant in Beverly Hills where everything started. One year later The Frimex Group was born and since Vicente has worked in growing this enterprise to what it is today, a fully incorporated hospitality group, nationally and internationally acclaimed.

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Diego Gutierrez

Vicepresident
dgutierrez@frimexgroup.com

 

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Clem Gatmaitan

CFO
cgatmaitan@frimexgroup.com

Clem, was the former CFO of Chivas USA managing the general administration, finance and accounting. Mr. Gatmaitan has over 20 years of business experience, having held executive and leadership positions in general management, business operations and finance. He has worked extensively in the film and entertainment industry. He is a Berkeley Executive Leadership Alumnus (2009) from the Center for Executive Education at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. MSBA in Finance and Accounting from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California in 1993 and an MBA in Finance and General Management from the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse
University in 1987.

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Teresa Parry

Operations Manager
tsolis@frimexgroup.com

As Operation Manager, Teresa Parry joined the Frida team in 2006 and has been with the restaurant ever since. With more than one decade of experience working in the restaurant and hospitality industry, she continues to feel excited and passionate about her work. She believes that by being essential, having passion for the quality of service and loving what you do in life is the key to run a smooth corporation.

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Anna Hossepian

Bookkeeper
ahossepian@frimexgroup.com

As a Bookkeeper, She bring 30 years of experience from Entertainment and Printing Industry; worked with multi-cultured individuals. Love to be challenged in order to find better solutions. She believe every day is a good day when I am surrounded with family, friends, food and fun and hops to share my valuable experience with Frimex Brands.

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Orlando Candanoza

Corporate Chef
ocandanoza@frimexgroup.com

Orlando is one of the oldest Frimex collaborators and one of its key employees. Back in his hometown of Mexico City, Orlando worked as a chef for one of the most renowned Mexican restaurant chains “La Valentina”. His first job in LA was Frida Restaurant in Beverly Hills as a cook and grew to executive chef. Since then he has stayed for more than 12 years, helping Vicente to create delicious dishes, bringing ideas and improving every part of the menu.

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Ricardo Solis

Managing Partner of Taco Libre | Director of Operations
rsolis@frimexgroup.com

Ricardo comes from a hotel and restaurant owner family being involved in the business, since he was very young, he found his passion in the hospitality industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management from Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland and CESSA University in Mexico.

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Melea Morris

District Operations Manager
mmorris@frimexgroup.com

Melea Morris is a new addition to the Frimex family, having joined the team in 2018. Along with her strong work ethic, attention to detail, outgoing personality and multitasking ability, Melea brings with her over 20 years of experience in the restaurant / hospitality industry where she has held positions ranging from Events Manager to General Manager and then CEO of one of the top 100 grossing independently owned restaurants in the United States. She now implements the skills and knowledge amassed during her career in her role as District Operations Manager for the Frimex Hospitality Group.

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Juan Manuel Padilla

District Executive Chef
jpadilla@fridarestaurant.com

My Name is Juan Padilla and I love the passion that you can only find working in the kitchen. As a child it was my dream to become a Chef that would travel the world. I started my venture as an assistant chef at Vigiuccis Italian restaurant, I took a bigger role as the KM at Sofitel and after many years growing as a chef an opportunity to take a bigger role District Kitchen manager opened up at Frida Mexican Cuisine. It's been 12 years since I started my path at Frida Mexican Cuisine and only time will tell where this path might take me, Maybe a Frida restaurant will open in Europe and I can finally fulfill my dream of traveling the world!

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Hincent Lee

Accounting
hlee@frimexgroup.com

Hincent graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor degree in Accountancy. As a member of the Accounting Society in CSUF, he got exposure to the public accounting industry with a wide range of hands-on experience about different areas of accounting. After graduation, he spent one year in a local public accounting office, handling various accounting tasks as well as getting a more in-depth understanding about different businesses. He joined the Corporate Team in 2017 and hope to contribute the knowledge and experience to the growth of the company.

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Amber Rodarte

Human Resources
arodarte@frimexgroup.com

She started working at the age of 16 in a clothing company part time as a customer service rep. After High school she started working as a teacher assistant for 4 years while she went to school. She then found a job in Human Resources for Target managing 300+ employees worked there for about 4 years and now works for Frimex managing the HR aspect for all locations.

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Alejandra Delfin

Administrative Assistant
adelfin@frimexgroup.com

Alejandra has earned her CDA and worked in a private children care center for 4 years. Then she worked as an Administrative Assistant in a construction company for 4 years before joining the Frimex family in 2018. Alejandra is new to the restaurant business but is eager to learn and contribute in the best way possible.

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Griselda Vargas

HR/Payroll Coordinator
gvargas@frimexgroup.com

Griselda, has been in the customer service and hospitality industry for over 5 years and 4 years in the Human Resources field. It was there that she found her passion for working with people and being able to aid them. She is a California State University Alumni with a Sociology B.A. While studying full time and working full time as well, she acquired hands on experience in working with large corporations and executing innovative concepts for success. Enthusiastic about being part of Frimex Group, she looks forward to contributing to the company’s growth and expanding her professional career.

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Juan Garcia

District Manager
jgarcia@fridarestaurant.com

Since he was young he knew he wanted to work as a chef for a big corporation. He started at Dazzle and Events international as a prep cook, then continued with Patina Group in the Music center. His journey in the restaurant industry took him to Wonton group where he held many titles and after 8 years reached to Regional Manager. He then decided to start a new venture with Frimex to contribute with his extensive knowledge and experience and again try to reach a high position with such a great company in which he believes is going to reach very high levels of success.

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Luis Beltran

Chef Frida Cerritos
lbeltran@fridarestaurant.com

uis trip in the kitchen world started 15 years ago, where of all the available occupations leaned towards the food. He started out as a chef's assistant in a Thai food restaurant after some time he had to stay responsible for the kitchen in which at his young age was a challenge. With that opportunity he decided to learn more, and with every experience gained his knowledge for the culinary world became his passion. 

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Elida Ramirez

Manager Frida Torrance
eramirez@fridarestaurant.com

Born and raised in Nayarit, Mexico. She has over 15 years of experience working in restaurants. She was assistant manager in a restaurant called Aztecas in Huntington Beach for almost 8 years. Then she started with Frida two years ago as a waitress and moved up to be general manager. She love Frida's food and culture. She takes pride in helping her guest and making sure they have a memorable time in Frida Del Amo.

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Vicky Mendoza

Assistant Manager Frida Torrance
vmendoza@fridarestaurant.com

I have been in the hospitality business for over 20 years and I’m passionate about providing excellent customer service to every one of our guest, and creating a memorable experience every time they visit our restaurant. I’m very happy to be part of the Frida family management team, and looking forward to drive positive Desire results moving forward.

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Erik Saucedo

Chef Frida Torrance
esaucedo@fridarestaurant.com

Born in the state of Oaxaca Mexico I have come to this country at the age of 20 years, in 2003 Frida was my first job in the restaurant industry and I started as a dishwasher. I had the experience of working in each of the restaurant of Frida (Taco Libre, West Pavilions, Melrose, Beverly Hills, and Torrance). With all that experience I was able to move up to being lead chef in the Torrance location.

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Mayra Mejia

Manager Frida Sherman Oaks
mmejia@fridarestaurant.com

Mayra worked in the hospitality business for almost 12 years. Started as a hostess in Pizzeria Uno Chicago bar and Grill 2005 in San Diego CA. She then later became an Assistant General Manager two years after. Was introduced to Frida Mexican Cuisine in 2008 when San Diego Location opened. Joined the team and started as a hostess, cocktail server and a few months later she was offered a manager position in the Glendale location in 2009. She helped, with Frida Westwood opening in 2011 and was eventually relocated to his first store: Frida Beverly Hills in 2014. Enjoy interacting with guests ensuring they are having an amazing dining experience; while motivating and supervising her staff.

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Rigoberto Vazquez

Manager Frida Sherman Oaks
rvazquez@fridarestaurant.com

Rigo Vazquez is a passionate, driven and has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, he knows the key to success is to approach every day with an open mind and positive attitude. Rigo, a native of southern-central city in Mexico, began his career in his hometown of Puebla, city that is well known for the "Mole". Rigo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Tourism Administration from Buap, one of the most recognized public universities in Mexico. Rigo accepted an internship with Walt Disney World where he learned various aspects of the business, excellent leadership and customer skills. Rigo joined Frida Mexican Cuisine, Westwood Location in 2011 and quickly moved up the ranks within the service team, ascending to the role of General Manager 5 years ago. Now, Rigo is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the restaurant and, above all, ensuring the quality of guest experiences in our new venue Sherman Oaks.

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Fausto Chimil

Chef Frida Beverly Hills
fchimil@fridarestaurant.com

Fausto has been working for Frida Mexican cuisine for 9 years. He believes working for Frida has been an amazing experience. He said he has learned so much from where he started to where he is now. I am proud to be part of the Frida Mexican cuisine family.

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Oswaldo Robles

Chef Frida Beverly Hills
orobles@fridarestaurant.com

 

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Israel Cuevas

Manager Frida Cerritos
icuevas@fridarestaurant.com

Over 13 years’ experience as a Restaurant Manager( Calendar’s Grill, Johnnie's NY Italian & Cafe, The counter, The habit) in both full dine in and fast casual for F.O.H & B.O.H. In addition to his experience and personal qualities, he has a solid education in business

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Cesar Lopez

Chef Frida Westwood
clopez@fridarestaurant.com

 

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