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31+ years

21+ years

Cornell University, Bachelor of Science, Hotel & Restaurant Administration

Sean is a member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and Cornell Hotel Society


President | Denver, CO

As President and Shareholder, Sean is heavily involved in planning, concept, and schematic design, and oversees the design process. He creates and drives the project vision, adheres to programming, and provides strategic planning. Sean is instrumental in guiding the culinary design team to remain focused on design intent and project goals throughout the project.


Sean has been a foodservice design consultant for over 31 years. After starting his career in the hotel development and operations industry, he quickly realized his passion for food & beverage and transferred his project management experience to the design profession in 1991. He joined Ricca Design Studios early in 2002 after two positions with other prominent foodservice design firms.  His lengthy consulting career includes all aspects of the field, from programming and concept design, to design documentation and construction administration. Other focused specialties include BOH planning, logistic planning, laundry design, and solid waste planning. His deep project experience includes sports and public assembly facilities, hotels, resorts, clubs, colleges and universities, healthcare, corporate, primary and secondary schools, prisons, and restaurants. Sean is a seasoned veteran of design with a keen sense for efficient operations, and creative planning and design. As President, Sean will work closely with the internal studio and wider design team to ensure the highest levels of coordination and documentation are delivered.

SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX
Hollywood Park Performance Venue, Los Angeles, CA

Indigo Union Tower West, Denver, CO
Mandarin Oriental, Elbow Beach, Bermuda
Ritz-Carlton Hotels, 30+ Projects Worldwide 
Viceroy Hotels, 20+ Projects Worldwide

Rosewood Hotels, 8 Projects Worldwide
Marriott Hotels & Resorts, 20+ Projects in North & Central America
Hyatt Hotels, 12 Projects in North America
Independent Luxury Hotels, 20+ Projects Worldwide
L’Auberge De Sedona Resort, Sedona, AZ
Phoenician Resort, Phoenix, AZ
Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Beach, CA
Ajax Tavern, The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO
Arrabelle at Vail Square, Vail, CO
Blue Moon Brewing Company, Denver, CO
ChoLon, Denver, CO
El Five, Denver, CO
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, CO
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail, CO
Vital Root, Denver, CO
Westin, Greenwood Village, CO

Confidential Headquarters Campus, Bentonville, AR
Confidential High Tech Web Company, Mountain View, CA
Confidential High Tech Web Company, Multiple Locations, San Bruno, CA
Confidential Technology Campus, Silicon Valley, CA
Capital One, Plano, TX

DaVita Tower II, Denver, CO

Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville, CO
Banner Health, Greeley, CO
Children’s Hospital, Highlands Ranch, CO

What is always in your refrigerator?

A wide selection of Colorado microbrews!

Guilty pleasure?

French bread, cheese, good wine, and great company. 

Favorite restaurant?

Linger! Awesome food, great fun, and it's where I met my wife.

I feel alive when...

I'm racing down the slopes! 

Favorite childhood memory?

Summer vacations on The Cape, digging for Quahogs a mile off the Brewster Beach. 

High school job? 

Dishwashing, bus-boy, and catering set up at Historic Smithville, NJ. Who would have known it was my entre into the world of foodservice.

What is your signature dish?

Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo. It's all in the roux. Keep it simple.

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