Randy Sharpe is the CEO of Xperience Restaurant Group (XRG), bringing extensive operational expertise to one of the nation’s leading operators of casual, polished casual, and fine dining brands. Upon joining XRG in 2018, he brought two decades of regional and national management experience at a variety of multi-concept restaurant chains. “I believe in collaboration and partnership,” Sharpe says. “I hire the best in the industry and give them room to do what they do best instead of micromanaging them.”
Growing up in a big household, Sharpe worked hard to achieve his personal goals—he bought his first car and paid for his own insurance. In college, he worked as a manager at a grocery store and a local restaurant. Sharpe enjoyed the fast-paced environment and being able to solve problems and delegate duties to improve operational efficiencies. Thus, he knew he wanted to pursue a long-term career in the hospitality industry.
“The restaurant industry is a people industry, and I love working with people,” he shares. “Helping people grow and collaborating with a great team to turn problems into learning opportunities is where I thrive.” Now in his leadership role at XRG, he strives to combine his work ethic with his love of working with people, all while identifying solutions and ensuring that operations at each of XRG’s restaurants are running smoothly and efficiently.
Prior to joining the XRG team, Sharpe served as SVP of Operations at Romano’s Macaroni Grill—overseeing the restaurant’s operations and improvement of more than 80 company-owned and more than 20 franchised locations across the country. Before that, he served as VP of Operations for Real Mex Restaurants, where he managed the operations of the company’s largest casual dining concepts.
In his free time, Sharpe enjoys bonding with his family, playing sports with his son, and getting creative with his daughter who loves art.