Executive Chat

Featuring Geovannie Concepcion, President & CEO of The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

by Rebecca Patt, Senior Vice President of Development, Wray Executive Search

The Greene Turtle is a sports bar & grille franchise concept with 44 units, founded in 1976, based in Columbia, MD.
Tell us about your career trajectory since graduating DePaul University in 2008 and how you became CEO of Greene Turtle?

My road into the hospitality industry was a winding one. I graduated with a degree in accounting and my first job after graduating from DePaul in 2008 was at Lehman Brothers. That initial experience definitely colored my view of the world and I think plays a large part in what attracts me to turnaround work. After Lehman I spent several years working in the hedge fund and private equity space. While working in private equity the opportunity presented itself to join the operating team for Famous Dave’s. I’ve always had a desire to help build an operating business and working on the management team allowed me to do that.