Working for OMG
We empower every staff member through the development of life skills critical to the purposeful pursuit of their dreams.
Union Gaslamp is currently seeking servers and hosts,
Please visit the restaurant of interest to inquire about open positions.
Meet Our Team
CEO & FOUNDER
Eric Leitstein envisioned the development of a hospitality group founded upon key principles of passion, integrity, innovation and individuality, and dedicated to building up and supporting local communities. Eric’s extensive industry background and bulldog determination helped pave the way for the establishment of OMG Hospitality Group in 2008 (named after his children, Olivia, Mason, and Gavin), and its significant expansion since. OMG now encompasses four restaurants
(Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas & Gaslamp, PB Ale House, and Backyard Kitchen & Tap), and is additionally affiliated with Waterbar (coming soon), Sandbar, and The Fish Shops (in Encinitas, Hermosa Beach, and Pacific Beach). Eric’s original vision has been successfully translated into locations marked by excellent customer service, dynamic menus, signature craft beverages, and a thriving corporate culture with a strong focus on giving back. Eric resides locally with his wife Teresa and three children in Encinitas, California.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
After moving to San Diego in his teen years, Chris Cox attended highschool and college (UCSD) locally, all the while serving in various hospitality roles and working his way up to bartending. Continually fascinated by the stimulation of working with various people in the industry, Chris stepped into his first management position in 2004… and the rest is history. After working for many years at a number of well-known San Diego restaurants and bars, Chris joined OMG as the General Manager for PB Ale House, then moved up to overseeing the Union Kitchen & Tap – Encinitas location and supervising the opening of its sister store in Gaslamp as well as the (fairly new) Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach. Chris now serves as the Director of Operations for the entire company, and is well-known for his passionate commitment to the personal development and coaching of every staff member.
EVENT SALES DIRECTOR
After living in the Pacific Northwest for 25 years, Marilyn Long fell madly in love with California on a vacation trip, and decided to relocate to San Diego. Marilyn began working as an office manager for a Coronado restaurant in 1993, transitioned to event sales within a few months, and was promoted to Event Sales Director in 1996, where she received Chart House’s All American Award for service excellence. Marilyn joined OMG with a deep appreciation for the company culture and a passionate desire to put the customer experience first. Marilyn’s focus on building lasting relationships with her customers, going the extra mile to minimize stress on her clients, and maintaining a critical attention to detail for the sake of seamless execution has led to the establishment of several OMG venues as prime locations for parties, corporate gatherings, and much more.
EVENT SALES COORDINATOR
A native Texan-turned-Californian, Jennifer Woody first tasted the industry koolaid at the Mission Valley Chilis, while working as a hostess. With a career that kicked off on the front end as a Lead Trainer and Supervisor for Karl Strauss, Jennifer quickly discovered her love for event management, and moved on into banquet and wedding coordination roles. Throughout years of experience, Jennifer cultivated a sincere passion for exceeding the expectations of every guest, maintaining a positive attitude in all situations, and humbly positioning herself to continuously seek opportunities for learning. Jennifer brings all of these things (and more) to her role as Event Sales Coordinator with OMG.
Born and raised an East Coaster, Jenny began her career fresh out of highschool, working in the Washington, D.C. area at the age of 18 as a proposal editor and production coordinator while simultaneously attending college for her bachelors degree in Communications and Marketing and working as a server and bartender at a local sports bar. A love for an active lifestyle and a plethora of early experience in video development, social media, organic and paid content marketing, digital advertising, email marketing and more drove Jenny out to California in 2015, seeking bigger and better (and warmer) opportunities. She returned to her industry roots in late 2016, joining OMG as Marketing Manager and overseeing the development of all marketing materials for PB AleHouse, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Union Kitchen & Tap – Encinitas, and Union Kitchen & Tap – Gaslamp, as well as Waterbar (due to open late 2017).
Dan began his culinary studies at Le Cordon Blue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed his internship at the recently remodeled Pittsburgh Convention Center, and was asked to stay on full time after graduation. It was there that he mastered the art of food production on a massive scale. Dan’s passionate commitment to excellence carries through in his fine eye for detail, rapid ability to organize and mobilize kitchen staff, thorough assessment of the quality of materials used, and keen proficiency as a leader and visionary.
BACKYARD KITCHEN & TAP
A San Diego native and avid surfer, Yami’s industry proficiency and know-how is eclipsed only by her warm and passionate personality. Well-familiar with the San Diego industry scene, her experience encompasses every hospitality position and has driven her to develop in unique ways as a gifted manager, wine connoisseur, and craft beverage aficionado. Yami brings a broad range of experience and a wealth of marketing and leadership skill to her current position as Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s new General Manager.
UNION KITCHEN & TAP
Born and raised in a tiny town in South Dakota, Kim Venezia took her first industry job at a young age, working her way up through serving, bartending, and managing to general management and supervisory training positions. She then spent 12 years with a local brewery restaurant and fell in love with craft beverages while developing critical coaching and leadership skills that would lead her to Union Kitchen & Tap, Encinitas. Kim’s vivacious personality and commitment to always put the customer first have helped to establish Union as an approachable venue with knowledgeable, fun team members and a critical focus on food and beverage quality.
PACIFIC BEACH ALE HOUSE
Always the comedian of the group, Johnny Leal’s light-hearted (yet no nonsense) personality and candid appreciation for hard work make him a great asset to OMG in his role as General Manager of Pacific Beach AleHouse. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Johnny began working in restaurants at the age of 16, progressing through a myriad of roles and across a variety of venue types. His broad range of industry experience brought him to OMG with a keen appreciation for motivating and coaching staff to evolve and develop into their strengths. Johnny’s focus on “throwing a great party, excellent customer service, food consistency, and quality staff” have helped to establish AleHouse as one of the top beachside restaurants in San Diego.
UNION KITCHEN & TAP
Originally a Canada native (eh), Jamie first established himself at Earls, a popular Canadian restaurant chain, moving from busser to server to bartender to bar manager in an astonishingly short time frame. After moving to San Diego on a whim, he found himself flourishing through a variety of roles, eventually moving into a leadership position as a multi-unit General Manager at Mammoth Mountain. After a brief (and cold) Chicago stint, Jamie returned to San Diego in late 2015 to join OMG and lead Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap as General Manager.
PB ALE HOUSE
Well-known for her no-nonsense attitude, innovative palette, and commitment to well-executed dishes, Denise has paved her way as a female chef in a predominantly masculine arena with the same precision she applies to her craft. She truly relishes the joy of feeding people and working in the kitchen every day, consistently seeks to learn new techniques, and encourages creative thinking with modern twists on classic comfort food at PB Ale House.
UNION KITCHEN & TAP
A young Michael Lina was told by his grandmother “You love to eat, so you’d better learn how to cook”! After a brief foray into Mechanical Engineering and a relocation from the Philippines, Michael found himself right at home as a chef, stateside. After completing his culinary education at the University of California, Lina worked across a wide variety of restaurants, hotels and country clubs, joining the OMG Hospitality Group team in 2015 as Executive Chef. Lina’s passion for his work is primarily evident in the simple joy he finds while cooking food with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients at Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas.
BACKYARD KITCHEN & TAP
Dan’s passionate commitment to excellence carries through in his fine eye for detail, rapid ability to organize and mobilize kitchen staff, thorough assessment of the quality of materials used, and keen proficiency as a leader and visionary. Dan is currently filling in as the Executive Chef for Backyard Kitchen & Tap in addition to his regular duties as Corporate Chef.
UNION KITCHEN & TAP
An avid lover of all-things cooking from a very young age, Colten completed his culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America in 2012 and has continued to nourish a singular passion for the integrity of every ingredient, as well as his love for developing sustainable kitchen solutions. A quirky, driven, youthful and entrepreneurial chef, Colten looks to bring a broader and more nationwide appreciation of American comfort food to Gaslamp’s Union Kitchen & Tap.