Carlos Bernal is a talented and seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He brings a wealth of expertise in managing high-growth companies, corporate repositioning and on-the-ground operations within multiple business venues encompassing a broad range of restaurant concepts for private and publicly held companies.
Currently, Carlos is the CEO for Areas USA which he joined in 2020. He has been responsible for spearheading several initiatives within the organization to support the overall broad business strategy with uncompromising integrity and attention to excellence.
Regarded as a visionary and strategic thinker, Carlos who recognizes the potential of new ideas has a successful track record of developing diverse high-performance teams. Additional specialties include start-up experience, real estate, lease and contract negotiations, new business development, franchising, restaurant operations, and union relations/negotiations. These skill sets have been key in leading the strategic plan in Areas USA ensuring execution of the company’s growth strategies and operational excellence.
Prior to joining Areas USA in 2020, Carlos previously was president of Delaware North Sportservice. He has also held senior leadership positions at Westfield, HMSHost and Wagamama. In addition to his executive career, Carlos serves on the board of the Airport Restaurant and Retail Association (ARRA).