AJ comes from a restaurant family background. His father managed and owned multiple restaurants, where AJ gained exposure and hands-on experience. Having been in the industry for over 18 years, he found himself in every role of the FOH- serving, banquet catering, and bartending. He later went on to manage restaurants in the East Bay, as well as starting his own catering company.
His first venture out in SF landed him in the hands of the Hi Neighbor Group, where he became the Assistant Manager at Corridor and later the General Manager at The Vault Garden and The Vault Steakhouse. 5 years in, AJ has continued to grow within Hi Neighbor and has lent his experience to the corporate manager role to help oversee the multiple outlets within the hospitality group.