Jamie LaForce - General Manager / Partner
A native Ohioan and loyal Buckeye, Jamie has risen through the ranks to achieve the position of Managing Partner with the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group. He first worked as a server at Squid's Restaurant in Chapel Hill in 1997, and over the next three years, he waited, bartended, and served as Assistant Manager. In 2000, his personality and professionalism made him a natural choice to serve as General Manager, and Squid's enjoyed unparalleled success during his tenure. His ability to connect with both our customers and staff were rewarded when he was named Managing Partner at Mez. As an on-site owner of the business, Jamie is responsible for the day to day operations of the restaurant and he serves as our representative in the RTP and surrounding community.
Aaron Stumb - Executive Chef
After graduating from the Wake Tech Culinary Program in 1996, Aaron worked at 411 West and 518 West. In 2002 he left to work for a national corporate restaurant group, and gained valuable experience in kitchen management. In 2004 Aaron returned to our group, and helped revitalize Spanky's, our restaurant in downtown Chapel Hill. In 2005, Aaron accepted the position of Executive Chef at Mez, and began researching recipes and techniques of Latin cuisine. A great part of the success enjoyed by Mez today is a tribute to both his knowledge of food and his managerial skills. Aaron is an Adjunct Faculty member at Wake Tech, where he teaches culinary classes, and he is also a popular instructor in the local Williams-Sonoma guest chef series.
Caroline McNeill-Assistant General Manager
Caroline, a Chapel Hill native herself, attended Alamance Community College’s Culinary Arts program. Her growing interest to learn more about the hospitality industry led her to continue her education at UNCG in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After completing her degree, she set out to explore the many amazing countries and cultures of our world. Her passion for food & beverage, culture and fun led her to the excitement of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Now she is happy to be back in the great state of North Carolina, finding the perfect mix of fun, food and culture at MEZ.
Kassi McIntosh - Events Coordinator
Kassi began working at Spanky's in 2007 while studying Mathematics and Statistics at the University of North Carolina. She fell in love with the buzzing atmosphere, spectacular fresh food and energetic staff that Spanky's exudes. She accepted the position as Floor Manager in September of 2012. Kassi's reliability, exemplary organizational skills and trustworthy relationship with the staff was a perfect fit in the management team. In December of 2014, she was transferred to Mez and Page Road Grill as the Banquet and Catering Director. In August of 2015, Kassi moved back to her home at Spanky's and graciously accepted the position as temporary acting general manager and then returned to the RTP restaurants to expand the role to CHRG Events Coordinator.