John Aldecoa, managing partner, is a third generation Tucsonan who is well integrated in the local Tucson culture. He has over 25 years of management experience with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He is currently a national technical manager with Ascension Information Services, supporting 26 hospital networks across the US. John started his career in the restaurant industry at 15, working at various pizza restaurants until opening DJ’s Pizza Pub & Grill in 1993 with his brother. He is an active member of the Tucson community, involved in several community organizations such as Anytown Arizona, Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona, and Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. He currently serves as President of Theta Tau Housing Corporation, an Arizona non-profit corporation that provides student housing for engineering students at the University of Arizona.
Teaming up once again after 17 years, John is partnering with his brother’s national restaurant development and consultancy group based out of New York City with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry opening and operating restaurants and hotels in NYC, Massachusetts, Las Vegas, Denver, and Southern Florida. The NYC restaurant group, which also includes partner Sascha Kreideweis, along with John Aldecoa and Ines Newby, Marketing Director and fellow Eller MBA graduate, has formed Brother John’s Restaurant Group in Tucson and is already working on other new projects in the Tucson market.
Chef de Cuisine
Patrick Vezino has over 20 years of culinary experience in a variety of settings ranging from four star resorts to locally-owned restaurants in both Las Vegas and Tucson. Classically trained in French cuisine by an international Master Chef, Patrick has worked in Tucson kitchens such as Café Torino, Zona 78 and Arizona Inn. He also helped open Memphis Championship Barbecue under the direction of barbecue legend Mike Mills, a partner in Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke in NYC. In 2004, Patrick was nominated for Best New Chef in Las Vegas by the Southern Nevada Culinary Association and was also invited to cook for President George W. Bush at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.
Director of Catering and Events
Dana has over 30 years in the Hospitality Industry. While working her way through college obtaining her Associate Degree in Accounting she worked many nights and weekends as a dining room hostess, bartender, cashier and banquet server. It wasn’t long before Dana’s supervisors realized the passion she had for the hospitality business.
Dana’s hard work and dedication quickly paid off moving into management with the F&B Department and Convention Services at Walt Disney Village Resorts in Orlando Florida.
After a successful career in Florida planning and executing National Conventions and Catered Events for groups of 10 to over 25,000 attendees Dana then married and moved to Southern California where she joined Hilton Hotels Embassy Suites Brand as Director of Sales and Marketing and was later promoted to the Hotel General Manager.
Followed by a successful twelve years in California, Dana and her husband Paul moved to Tucson to be near their daughter who was attending The University of Arizona. Dana then accepted the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westward Look Resort.
When asked, “What is the secret to your success?” Dana response is “The True Secret to Success is to surround yourself with successful people” that is why I a so proud to be a part of the team at Brother Johns.
Dana’s passion outside of the Hospitality Industry is still Hospitality. Interests include Travel, interior design, party and event planning. Dana is committed to community service and giving back. She has served on several non-profit boards in Tucson, including The Heart Ball Director for American Heart Association 50th Anniversary, Tu Nidito Children & Family Services and The Christina-Taylor Green Foundation.
Dana also supports several other local charity’s and events including and TMC Children’s Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club, Team up for Tucson, Bens Bells and The Fox Theater, where she currently serves on the Board.
Dana with her expertise and passion is here to assist you with every detail planning your event to perfection. Whether you are planning an event at our Brother Johns Beer Bourbon and BBQ Restaurant, our original Wildcat banquet room or booking for off site Catering at the location of your choice, she is here to assist with every detail.