Meet Popmenu's Leadership Team
Brendan Sweeney came up with the original idea for Popmenu after repeatedly seeing restaurants struggle with their digital presence — highlighted by the prevalence of text-only PDF menus as the primary way restaurants would convey their offerings in a world where consumers increasingly consult photos, reviews, ratings and social validation to make purchase decisions. The frustration of having to visit third-party platforms to get the information he needed to make a dining decision, paired with the frustration he saw restaurants experience as they tried to control their own story online, were the impetus that led to the early concepts and prototypes that would become Popmenu.
Flash forward five years and Brendan’s vision for building highly visual, interactive, SEO-driven menus evolved into the creation of an all-in-one, guest-facing platform that has helped 10,000+ restaurants enhance hospitality and drive stronger financial outcomes.
With an extensive background in product development, user experience and marketing for high-growth SaaS companies, Brendan leads Popmenu’s efforts to deliver easy, immediately impactful tech to support restaurants worldwide. Known for his candor and wit, Brendan can be found on the global speaking circuit, industry podcasts and news sites — and occasionally singing on stage with his guitar.
Prior to launching Popmenu, he served in senior product leadership roles for Commissions Inc. and CareerBuilder EMEA. In the early 2000s, he also operated a side business that built websites for small businesses, including many restaurants.
If you’re in a room with Tony Roy (or anywhere in the vicinity), you’ll often hear “I’m fired up!” and “Let’s go!” Equipped with boundless energy and a passion for helping customers, Tony is a key figure driving next-gen technology for restaurants.
Tony’s deep expertise in revenue operations has helped thousands of independent restaurants and hospitality groups engage with more guests and increase sales, both on-premise and online, while improving profitability. Focused on solving problems, he works hand in hand with restaurant owners and operators to help them meet exceed their goals. He leads Popmenu’s corporate development and strategic partnerships and is often called upon to provide industry and tech insights at global events. He can be found dining in restaurants most days and has never met a taco he didn’t like.
Prior to Popmenu, Tony oversaw international operations for CareerBuilder and spearheaded partnerships and acquisitions.
Innovation is an everyday occurrence under Mike Gullo’s product leadership as he continually asks restaurant owners and operators the question, “What keeps you up at night?” Driven by a strong desire to help restaurateurs rest easy and keep pace with changing market demands, he leverages his extensive product experience with high-growth SaaS companies to bring exciting solutions to the industry.
Mike establishes close relationships with Popmenu customers to discover their pain points and provide more value with the ultimate goal of simplifying as much of their day-to-day as possible—so they can focus on serving their guests. With an inventor’s mindset, he oversees a large team of product managers, user researchers, and UI/UX designers and encourages everyone in the company to share insights that will help fuel future product development...even though he won’t share his grandmother’s meatball recipe.
Mike draws on his strong background in MIS and business administration to meet the fast-growing tech needs of restaurants and their guests. Before Popmenu, he served as the VP of Product at Commissions Inc.
Working closely with the product team on things that make you go “Wow,” Justis Blasco puts the engine in engineer. He specializes in creating high-impact, scalable and secure solutions to help restaurants thrive and is the lead architect behind Popmenu’s consumer engagement platform.
Justis built the backbone and framework for Popmenu. His team of experienced software engineers are dedicated to developing tools that make restaurateurs’ lives easier and their businesses more successful. Best defined through the speed and competence of his work, Justis often spent the early days of Popmenu pulling all-nighters to ensure customers were continuously up and running and bringing in more guests.
Before Popmenu, Justis was a software engineer at Commissions Inc., and later a handful of other startups under Atlanta Ventures, where he worked with a wide variety of programming languages and gained a deep understanding of tech development that serves Popmenu customers well today.
With an extensive background in overseeing global legal affairs, multifaceted negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions, Isela Morales helps Popmenu navigate a complex legal landscape as the company quickly grows its footprint inside and outside the U.S.
A key advisor on strategic business initiatives, Isela plays a critical role in protecting company stakeholders, including the restaurants Popmenu serves. She works diligently to ensure all teams at Popmenu can operate on all cylinders by drafting, analyzing and negotiating commercial agreements with clients, partners and vendors.
Before Popmenu, Isela spent over a decade overseeing CareerBuilder’s international legal matters where she managed cross-border e-commerce and tech-related legal matters and was the in-house subject matter expert on international data privacy.
Anna Bruns is Popmenu’s resident champion of company values (which include no jerks allowed!) and challenger of the status quo for people ops. With a proven track record of re-energizing engagement, mending silos and improving talent frameworks at large tech companies, she came to Popmenu on a mission to build an outstanding work culture from scratch…and succeeded! Popmenu was named one of the nation’s best places to work by both Glassdoor and Top Workplaces.
Anna is passionate that new hires and current Popfam members never feel like they are “settling for second best” when they invest their time and skills in Popmenu. She partners with leaders and teams across the company to ensure Popmenu provides an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered and excited for the growth opportunities ahead. Her nonstop energy is partially powered by diet sodas with a high caffeine content (although she usually avoids fully-loaded energy drinks from her native Austria).
Mark Hoyt is Popmenu’s first ever Chief Financial Officer. With over 25 years of experience driving strong financial performance for global SaaS companies and startups, Mark plays a critical part in the ongoing expansion of Popmenu’s business as it delivers on its mission to help restaurants thrive through tech innovation.
Mark has an extensive background in global financial operations, funding rounds, mergers and acquisitions and platform development—which comes in handy as the company grows its domestic and international tech footprint. He leads Popmenu’s financial strategy and oversees its accounting, finance, treasury and tax functions.
With sound financial stewardship and a penchant for motivating teams to peak performance, Mark has consistently driven fast-paced organic growth and long-term profitability for companies and ensured all stakeholders are poised for success.
Prior to Popmenu, Mark served as the CFO of Loadsmart, OneSpan and Groupon’s EMEA division and held financial leadership positions at CareerBuilder, Motorola and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Throughout his career, Mark has visited restaurants all over the world, sampling a wide range of local delicacies…though he still prefers a good ole fashioned Cincinnati Five-Way Chili.
Carie Buchanan is an accomplished and results-driven Customer Experience executive with over 30 years of experience in driving top and bottom-line results for Fortune 500 enterprises. With a strong background in customer value, satisfaction, retention, growth, and continuous improvement, Carie leads Popmenu’s efforts to deliver rewarding and profitable outcomes for restaurants.
Throughout her career, Carie has been a key player in leading high-performance customer success, renewal management, support, and service functions. She worked at companies such as Accenture, Salesforce, UKG, and Infor, where she built and led high-performing teams that delivered exceptional customer experiences. Prior to joining Popmenu, she was the Chief Customer Officer at Pluralsight.
Carie is passionate about creating a culture of customer-centricity and transformative change. She believes that empathy, effective communication, and data-driven insights are key to understanding customer needs and expectations. She also strives to foster a collaborative and supportive environment where her teams can grow and thrive.
Carie holds a bachelor's degree in Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems from Miami University. Additionally, she has undergone executive education programs at UC Berkeley and MIT, focusing on leading innovative change and operational excellence. Carie currently resides in Marietta, GA with her husband and spends her time chasing her three children around, hiking, and playing tennis.
Jen Hwang is incurably addicted to helping restaurants drive sustainable, profitable growth with ease. She leads the Go-To-Market team, of which each member rivals the next on who's most passionate about helping restaurants take back their power and thrive.
Partnering closely with restaurant owners and operators, Jen helps to deliver AI-powered solutions so restaurants can attract more guests and stay connected with them while making teams and operations more efficient. Jen’s background in cross-functional leadership has helped restaurants to amplify brand visibility and sales and keep guests coming back for seconds.
Jen is obsessed with good wine, all dogs, certain sports and relentlessly promoting gratitude. Before Popmenu, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer for tilr and held leadership roles at ManpowerGroup and CareerBuilder.
Vina is in charge of bringing tech solutions to restaurant operators that make them say, “Dang!”…and not just because it’s her last name.
Motivated by turning obstacles into opportunities, Vina leads Popmenu’s senior Enterprise Sales consultants who are focused on solving unique challenges faced by large hospitality groups, emerging brands, and multi-unit operators.
Vina and her team take a consultative approach, working closely with customers and strategic partners to build innovative, easy-to-use, AI-powered solutions. Her love for food and tech, paired with deep knowledge of the restaurant/bar/hospitality industry, has helped operators across the country to grow their digital presence and revenue while achieving more efficiency and profitability.
Vina welcomes terrible puns, a good dance battle, and anything with truffle in it. Prior to Popmenu, she led strategic enterprise sales and partnerships for CareerBuilder, where she helped businesses in foodservice and other industries to manage talent needs.
When he’s not traveling the world and trying exotic foods Anthony Bourdain-style, Ryan Vas is hard at work ensuring Popmenu’s financial operations are running smoothly. He brings decades of experience in global finance and accounting to his role.
Ryan oversees a wide range of finance functions including Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Tax while closely collaborating with department leaders to establish and measure key success metrics for external reporting. He serves as a mentor to his team, encouraging them to remain analytical and flexible as they help other departments understand the resources available for achieving goals and supporting our customers.
Before Popmenu, Ryan held leadership roles with The Adecco Group and CareerBuilder, where he led a global team of accounting and finance professionals while providing strategic guidance to senior regional leaders across continents. He’s highly passionate about international business and has managed due diligence and financial systems integrations for several global acquisitions.
As the interim Vice President of Marketing, Jenny Grasz makes sure restaurant owners and operators get all the juicy trends, tips, and tech to help them grow their businesses.
With over two decades of experience leading marketing and communications efforts for global tech companies, Jenny puts her expert storytelling skills to work every day to multiply revenue opportunities for Popmenu and our customers. She oversees organic and paid growth strategies, public relations, product and partnership marketing, branding, and all things creative.
Jenny is known for her love of a good joke (and a good pizza). She creates high-performing teams with a leadership style rooted in collaboration, accountability, empathy, and humor. Prior to Popmenu, she served in marketing leadership positions for CareerBuilder and TrueBlue.