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Ray Villaman

Tahoe Restaurant Group
President/CEO and Owner
Ray Villaman is the President/CEO and owner of Tahoe Restaurant Group, including Base Camp Pizza, which was recently named one of the top 25 pizzerias in the country by USA Today (#4).
Additionally, Ray is a Board of Director or Advisor with:
--- The California Restaurant Association,
--- VoicePlug, Inc. (AI-Voice bot ordering for restaurants)
--- Aaware, Inc. (specializing in Voice technology),
--- Rockless Table, LLC,
--- SpotOn, Inc. (a next gen Point of Sale provider)
--- North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
Ray was recently a board member with United Enterprise Fund (NYC), a private equity fund specializing in restaurant franchise investments. Ray has assisted with deal flow, due diligence, and participated with deal structure/ financing for numerous investments.

Ray is also a recognized national speaker and has presented in Chicago, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando. Ray delivered the keynote address at the Restaurant Leadership Conference, guest speaker at the National Restaurant Show (5 of the last 10 years), and invited speaker for the Nightclub & Bar Show (now Bar & Restaurant Expo).

In 2005, Ray was the CEO/President and board member for Blimpie International (over $300 million in revenues), a 1600 unit franchisor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ray was responsible for Blimpie’s corporate restructuring, return to a cash flow positive position, and sale of Blimpie franchising assets to Kahala Corporation.

As a veteran restaurant executive, Ray’s twenty-five plus years in operations include more than 200 store openings and direct responsibility for strategic growth. Ray has held corporate and management positions with several national chains: Bennigan’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Boston Market, Blimpie International and World Wrapps. As an active angel investor, Ray has also been co-founder or invested in: The Customer’s View, Inc., FreshTxt, Inc., Menus.com, and Mobi Munch.

Based in Lake Tahoe, Ray lives with his wife, Christine, and two boys – Jacob (21) and Nicholas (19). Ray is active or contributes to the local International Rotary chapter as well as numerous non-profits including: Tahoe Women Services, Big Brother/Big Sister, Project Mana, Family Resource Center, Adventure Risk Challenge, High Fives and many others. To date, these organizations have received over $100,000 in support from the Tahoe Restaurant Group.