Rob Perez
Full Name
Rob Perez
Entrepreneur and Investor in People
DV8 Kitchen
Speaker Bio
Rob Perez, has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry and is the co-owner of two restaurant brands, Saul Good Restaurant & Pub and DV8 Kitchen, in Lexington, KY. As an Entrepreneur and Investor in People, he has seen first-hand how to build restaurant brands and how prevalent addiction is in the industry he loves. Before founding the two restaurant brands in Lexington, Rob served as Director of New Openings and General Manager at Hard Rock Café, Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney Company, and Regional Vice President at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill.

In 2017, Rob and his wife, Diane, founded DV8 Kitchen as a social enterprise focused on giving second chance employment opportunities to people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. DV8 Kitchen focuses on providing top-quality food, service, and atmosphere for every guest. By providing “a better-than-expected” dining experience, the hope is to build a new standard for the second chance employee to live by and to change the way the guests perceive people in addiction recovery.