© 2017 by ServStar Group, LLC

Robert Tilka
{VP of Strategy}
Jason Albertelli
{VP of Operations }

Establishing his career in the late 1990s, Jason Albertelli became one of the most successful bar and night club operators in Los Angeles. As a longtime industry professional, Jason set his sights back on his hometown of Jacksonville in 2009 to open Dos Gatos, the first craft cocktail lounge in northeast Florida. Albertelli combines strong corporate financial accountability with a creative West Coast design style gained from working with some of Los Angeles' top bar designers as well as traveling extensively for inspiration. This puts Albertelli in a unique position to create entertainment concepts utilizing global relationships and experience.

 

Albertelli is a leader in the bar and restaurant industry with a long and varied background in all aspects of dining and entertainment. As Vice President of Operations, Albertelli is responsible for directing and maintaining company standards, policies and procedures and oversees all operations.

As VP of Strategy, Robert Tilka oversees all business development and company strategies. With over 10 years of food service management, Robert was the top area sales manager for US Foodservice, making the President's Club (maintaining 20 million in area sales annually) and achieving double digit growth for 6 consecutive years. Robert was previously with the Jacksonville Jaguars for sixteen years, serving in a variety of positions related to sales and business development. He was responsible for a budget that exceeded $48M, and included a sales team of 18-26 under his direction. During his tenure, Robert was consistently named as one of the NFL’s top performers in sales and ranked among the top leaders in all of professional sports.

 

In addition to Robert’s professional work, he has given support and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Del Rio Foundation, The United Way, the Plaid Council benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the United States Military. Robert is a Florida native, born and raised in St Petersburg.

After more than 20 years of experience in the food, beverage and nightlife industry, Dustin Birden knows his business —and has the track record to prove it. His management career started as the Assistant General Manager of Dave & Busters in Hollywood, FL. Birden was then offered an opportunity to take over the operations of P.F. Changs in Charlotte, NC where he turned around a store needing quality practices and a service minded management staff. After exceeding P.F. Changs' expectations, Birden became the operating partner with their Jacksonville, FL location. Birden elevated the store's status to an over 7.5 million dollar operation and from 30th companywide to a top 10 and regional training store. Birden's next project was opening the highly successful Blackfinn American Grille, a 10,000 sq. ft project with three distinct concepts in one, operating from 11am-2am, 7days a week. With the success of Blackfinn, the same ownership group relied on Birden to manage another concept in the area called Suite Nightclub and Tapas Lounge.

 

In 2012, Dustin joined ServStar and was an integral part of the opening of The Shim Sham Room, an award-winning bar/restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, FL. At ServStar, Dustin enjoys elevating the community’s awareness to appreciate quality food and beverage in a “guest” based atmosphere.

Austin Towery's 14 year management career in the hospitality industry spans work from marketing and managing over 40 golf clubs to personally owning and operating his own bars. His diverse leadership experience includes varied marketing and sales responsibilities in hotel, restaurant, golf and nightlife industries.

 

Named "Top 40 Under 40" by Jacksonville Business Journal, the native Floridian owes his vast knowledge in the industry to his diverse upbringing and having a keen sense on consumer habits and knowing what they want before they even know they want it.

 

Austin’s nonprofit affiliations are the Monique Burr Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Austin is also the co-founder and host of the “infamous” Plaid Party; a highly successful annual charity event held the week of The Players Championship with over 2,000 attendees.

Dustin Birden
{Executive Dir. of Operations}
Austin Towery
{VP of Design}

EXECUTIVE TEAM