Executive Vice President (Restaurants)—Tommy Bahama Group
Robert Goldberg has been on the leading edge of luxury lifestyle experiences for more than 20 years. A graduate of UCLA, Goldberg has been a force in the hospitality industry, successfully managing and operating a number of high-profile restaurants, hotels and retail stores throughout the United States. A San Francisco native and a fervent advocate of California food and wines, Goldberg has made a career reinventing how consumers eat, drink, and sleep.
Goldberg currently serves as the executive vice president of restaurants at Tommy Bahama Group, an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 130 Tommy Bahama stores worldwide, with 14 of those locations offering a Tommy Bahama restaurant and bar.
Previously Goldberg was the COO of Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas, an Australian entertainment company that is poised to launch its luxury cinema concept in America. With reclining Moran leather chairs, gourmet food, an extensive wine list, and waiter service, Village Roadshow plans on taking the movie experience to a new stratosphere. Prior, Goldberg served as president of the Moana Hotel Group, where he was responsible for developing and launching the Solage Resort and operating the company’s 20 restaurants and hotels. With an impressive track record in the hospitality industry, a passion for food and wine, and a personal commitment to excellence, Goldberg was uniquely suited to launch and manage Moana’s multifaceted hospitality programs and steer a successful course for future developments.
Goldberg previously served as president and CEO of PlumpJack Group, where he was responsible for the overall management of the company’s 15 businesses and new business development. Goldberg is credited for taking the luxury lifestyle company from a local phenomenon to a national leader in hospitality and retail innovation. While at PlumpJack, Goldberg was recognized by Ernst & Young as a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Goldberg started his career managing the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, the first Hard Rock property in the U.S. He spent his twenties opening and operating Hard Rock Cafes. He went on to serve as general manager of LA’s Vertigo, named the most exclusive club in America by Esquire, where he was responsible for pre-opening planning, the creation and maintenance of a 300-plus wine list, menu development, marketing, and human resources. In 1992, Goldberg returned to the Hard Rock Cafe Group, overseeing the company’s properties in Los Angeles, Maui, Honolulu and San Francisco. Goldberg was soon promoted to corporate director of operations, moving to the worldwide headquarters of Hard Rock International and overseeing the operations of all of the restaurants and retail stores in the western U.S. and Hawaii. He was responsible for $80 million in annual sales and more than $30 million dollars in retail merchandise, and was involved in the site selection and negotiation of new locations, as well as supervising the plans and build-out of these properties.
Goldberg lives in Kentfield, California, with his wife, Frances, and two daughters, Georgie and Charlotte. He is an accomplished Ironman triathlete and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.