Real Mex Restaurants, the operator of full service Mexican restaurants, including Chevys Fresh Mex, El Torito, Acapulco and Pink Taco, today announced the appointment of Judd Tirnauer as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Tirnauer’s appointment capitalizes on the Company’s recent momentum; under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Bryan Lockwood, Real Mex has delivered 27 consecutive months of year-over-year positive same-store sales in its California locations and is looking to make a major acquisition to expand its national footprint.
Mr. Tirnauer has significant experience in specialty retail, financial planning, debt restructuring and organizational development. He joins Real Mex from Wet Seal, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his time at Wet Seal, Tirnauer spent 15 years at Destination Maternity, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of maternity apparel, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his career, in additional to his financial leadership, Mr. Tirnauer has led other operational areas, including real estate, distribution, IT, legal, human resources, procurement and marketing. Tirnauer received a B.A. in economics from Franklin & Marshall College, an MBA from Widener University, a J.D. from Widener University, and has earned his CPA designation.
“We are pleased to welcome Judd to the Real Mex team,” Mr. Lockwood said. “Judd has earned a reputation for identifying key drivers that accelerate growth while optimizing costs. I am confident that his insight and financial expertise will be an impactful addition to our team as we continue to improve performance and build on our sales momentum.”
“I am thrilled to join the exceptional team at Real Mex at this important stage in the company’s growth,” Mr. Tirnauer said. “Real Mex has experienced significant momentum and I look forward to working with Bryan and the Real Mex team to enhance operations at our restaurants as we continue to drive growth at the Company.”