INTRODUCING M STREET'S Executive Leaders
CEO, Founder & President
Chris Hyndman is the Founder and CEO of M Street, whose vision and execution pioneered the city’s modern restaurant scene. At age 16, Hyndman’s restaurant career began humbly as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. He opened his first restaurant, Virago, in 2000. Since, Hyndman has built his company M Street Entertainment Group, LLC to include eight highly successful ventures: Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, Kayne Prime, Tavern, Citizen, Saint Anejo, Moto, and The Rosewall. More than just a collection of restaurants, M Street has established itself as one of the city’s premiere lifestyle and entertainment brands.
Chief Operating Officer
Jamie is the Chief Operating Officer for M Street. In her role, she focuses on business development and growth opportunities, cross-functional teams, employee engagement, and special projects. Jamie joined the M Street team in July 2015 as the Director of Strategy & Projects. Prior to M Street, Jamie’s passion for hospitality emerged via a three year entrepreneurial adventure as CEO and Proprietor of Tropical Suites Boutique Hotel in Bocas del Toro, Panamá.
Additionally, her professional background includes strategic consulting at Bain & Company and serving as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers in New York City. A graduate of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Jamie holds an MBA with concentrations in strategy and finance, as well as bachelor's degrees in finance, international business and marketing from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).
Director of Finance
Dan Leverett is the Director of Finance at M Street. A Nashville native, Dan graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Finance. Prior to joining M Street, he worked as an analyst and manager at Owens & Minor, a healthcare distribution company
Director of Operations
Gregg McDermott was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. From a young age, Gregg knew he loved the restaurant business. Working on weekends and summers at his father’s waterfront restaurant, Gregg developed his passion for people, food and hospitality. Gregg moved from New York state to Florida and his restaurant career was off and running. The next 20 years were spent with Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Texas Roadhouse. While there, Gregg worked his way up from Kitchen Manager to Managing Partner, and ultimately to Regional Manager. Gregg joined M Street in early 2014 and has brought with him his passion and desire to "Make It Better". Gregg now lives in Nashville with his wife and four boys.
Director of Culinary Operations
Growing up in Tennessee and north Georgia, Chef and now Director of Culinary Operations Robert Grace was steeped in rich, southern cooking with farm fresh ingredients. He has been working in kitchens since the age of 16, ultimately following his passion for food to Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island to earn a degree in Culinary Arts. Robert continued to hone his skills working in the thriving Providence food scene before coming to Nashville in 2007. In Nashville he served as Sous-chef and Chef de Cuisine under a James Beard Award winning chef before coming to M Street and Kayne Prime.During Robert’s tenure at Kayne Prime, the chef and the restaurant have become multi-award winners. Some of the recent accolades include Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. 2013 from Gayot, the Nashville Scene’s Iron Fork Audience Award, Best Steak, Best of the Best and Best Restaurants from Nashville Lifestyles. Continuing to innovate with Kayne Prime’s artful, farm-to-table creations, Chef Grace can often be found at the Nashville Farmer’s Market sourcing fresh, seasonal produce.
Ryan McLean, the Controller at M Street, has over ten years of combined public and private accounting experience. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting, Ryan is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining M Street, he was a manager for DGLF CPAs & Business Advisors.
Director of Marketing & Sales
Rachael is responsible for executing branding and integrated advertising promotions across all of M Street's concepts. Rachael joined the team in June of 2016 and previously spent over 10 years leading the creative strategy for regional and national campaigns in the local Nashville advertising industry. Rachael's portfolio of brands includes Logan's Roadhouse, Cracker Barrel, Colgate, Claire's, Kirkland's, Pigeon Forge, Hotel Jerome and The Greenbrier.
She received her BSA in Advertising from the University of Tennessee. Rachael is a Nashville native who has a passion for anything that involves the city's thriving food scene and also an avid contributor to Five Dishes Nashville.
Director, People Operations
Debra joined M Street as the Director of People Operations in September 2017. Her trademark is in organizational effectiveness and development. Debra's passion lies in shaping raw talent into high-impact leaders. With extensive experience in high growth organizations, Debra can execute on a vision and drive organizations through fast growth and explosive change. She is dedicated to creating innovative People strategies to support an agile, intelligent and diverse workforce.
Debra's 15+ years of experience includes domestic and international Human Resources leadership with companies such as Zappos, Teespring and Neustar. Debra holds a MS in Business Communications from Spalding University and a BS in Business Management from Indiana University.