Alonso’s professional career began as a General Manager for Qdoba Mexican Grill in 1998. He excelled in this hype-growth business quickly and worked as a Director of Franchise Operations, Regional Manager, Director of F&B and Director of Sales and Store compliance. Alonso transitioned with the growth team of Qdoba when it was sold to Jack in the Box corporation. He then joined the growth team at Paradise Bakery that ultimately lead to the sale to Panera Bread. Soon after, he joined Karp Reiley’s concept, Café Rio, at store 13 and helped replicate the brand to more than 114 units before he left to join Four Foods Group in 2015. Café Rio ultimately sold to Freeman Spogli in 2018. As VP of Brand Development and Strategy for Four Foods Group, he worked with each portfolio company to implement new strategies, including third party delivery systems, catering and all inbound sales technologies.
Today, Alonso serves as Vice President of Brand Development and Strategy for the Savory value add team implementing these same strategies into all Savory investments.