Chief Executive Officer
Ted Morton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sizzling Platter. His duties include overall responsibility for the company’s management, operations, and investing. Mr. Morton has served as a member of the Little Caesars Presidents Council, and currently is serving on the Little Caesars Central Zone Council, and the Little Caesars Purchasing Committee. Mr. Morton also serves as a Trustee of the National Sizzler Franchise Association, and most recently the Dunkin Donuts District Advisory Committee as well as the Regional Advisory Committee.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Morton served as Vice President of Operations, Operations Manager for Sizzler in Washington State.
Mr. Morton is an avid boater and outdoorsman. In the dark hours of the night you may find him in his home recording studio playing piano.
Mitch Lowe joined Sizzling Platter in May 2006 as General Counsel and became the Vice President of Development in 2008. He was later promoted to President in 2015. Prior to joining Sizzling Platter, Mr. Lowe was a Litigation Associate in the San Francisco office of the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Mr. Lowe obtained his Bachelors of Science in Business-Economics from the University of San Diego in 2000 where he was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2003, where he was a Senior Member of the University of San Francisco Law Review.
In 2010, Mr. Lowe was awarded the American Corporate Counsel In-House Counsel of the Year Award for the Mountain West Region and was named the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts Developer of the Year.
In his spare time Mr. Lowe enjoys fly-fishing with his family and friends, travel and running.
Emanuel "Manny" Hilario
Chief Financial Officer
Manny Hilario joined Sizzling Platter in February 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Sizzling Platter, Mr. Hilario served in several executive positions in the restaurant industry, most recently as Chief Operations Officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. He previously has served as Chief Financial Officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc., and Angelo and Maxie’s, Inc. (formerly known as Chart House Restaurants, Inc.).
He began his career at McDonald’s in restaurant operations where he started as a crew member, eventually holding leadership roles at high volume restaurants including a stop at the iconic Rock and Roll McDonald’s in downtown Chicago, IL, which then and now continues to be one of the highest volume McDonald’s in the world. He later held various financial roles in both domestic and international accounting and finance teams for McDonald’s Corporation.
He founded Blame It on the Chef, LLC a restaurant development company, and Koios Path, LLC, a hospitality consultancy company, both based in Oregon. Mr. Hilario received his Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree from Santa Clara University. He is and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters. The Hilario Family among other interests enjoys river rafting, basketball, football (Go Irish!) and soccer.
Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Marketing
Joining the company in 2008, Gary Shatswell oversees the technology teams that support, innovate, and develop all restaurant systems including our proprietary Point of Sale and Back Office systems. Additionally, he manages all aspects of marketing from social media to menu engineering and analytics.
Prior to Sizzling Platter Mr. Shatswell experienced success at such notable companies as Getty Images, Compaq Computers, Digital Equipment Corporation in executive and global roles.
He majored in Vocal Music Performance (with a minor in Conducting & Arranging) as well as Religion and Philosophy at Northwest University. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and getting out of the office to see as much of the world as possible.
Vice President of Finance
David Hall has been with Sizzling Platter since 1982, and currently serves as Vice President of Finance. Prior to his current position, he served as Controller, Accounting Manager, and General Manager of one of our Sizzler restaurants.
Mr. Hall holds a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Management from Weber State University.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids (five plus three grandchildren) as well as golfing and hunting.
Vice President of Operations
Mark Howe is Vice President of Operations, and currently oversees operations for all of the Sizzling Platter brands. Mr. Howe has been with Sizzling Platter since 1977. His experience began as a team member, which included positions as General Manager, District Manager in several of our brands and most recently, Vice President of Operations. Mr. Howe is a native of Northern Utah, and graduated from Weber State University.
In his free time Mark enjoys time with his family, Vintage car restoration, boating and golfing.
Vice President of Development
Nathan Garn joined Sizzling Platter in December 2012. Prior to joining Sizzling Platter, Mr. Garn was a partner in the boutique real estate law firm of Lieberg, Oberhansley, Strohmeyer and Garn, that he co-founded. While in private practice, he focused his practice area in business and real estate transactions and land use matters in southern California. Mr. Garn obtained his Bachelors of Science in Economics from Brigham Young University in 2001 and his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 2005, where he attended on the Trustee’s scholarship, graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Law Review. In his spare time Mr. Garn enjoys exercise, various outdoor activities, college football and being his kids’ coach and greatest fan.