Meet Chad


Chad launched his restaurant career cooking at the young age of 12 and quickly graduated to waiting tables at La Paloma, a five star restaurant in Miami Beach. While attending Florida International University for public administration, he began what would become a long and fruitful career with The Melting Pot. After completing the management training program in Boca Raton, he relocated to Richmond to open his first Melting Pot restaurant. Over the next two decades, he continued to grow his portfolio to eleven locations in five different states.


In 2006, Chad launched Leading Edge Management & Consulting, offering services to brands such as Starwood Hotels, Olive Garden, and Bertucci’s. After partnering with Jeff Ottaviano, they opened 250 Sports Grill and now manage the operations at Dover Hall.


Through his various business ventures, Chad has been quite the community philanthropist, having donated over $600,000 to different charities. Outside work, Chad has served our country in Desert Storm, captained the track and field team in college, was the regional president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and coaches the varsity football team at Deep Run High School. He is married to Kathleen Kelleher Hornik and is the proud father of three daughters.

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