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Hospitality Group Upward Projects Adds to C-Suite

Phoenix-based hospitality group Upward Projects added two industry veterans to its C-suite. Anoop Mathew will serve as chief financial officer and Brent Renner was named chief development officer.

Upward Projects Anoop MathewAnoop MathewMathew most recently served at CFO for San Francisco-based Back of House Restaurant Group where his responsibilities included asset management and strategic planning. Renner comes from Cava Group in Washington, D.C., where he was senior vice president of real estate and oversaw a portfolio of more than 300 restaurants.

Upward Projects Brent RennerBrent RennerUpward Projects’ primary brand is Postino, a wine cafe with a shareables menu. Postino has 10 locations and expanded from the brand’s Phoenix home base to include restaurants in Denver and Houston. Additional Phoenix-based concepts in Upward Projects’ portfolio include Windsor & Churn, a pub-style concept that includes an ice cream shop; Federal Pizza, a wood-fired pizzeria; and two Joyride Taco House locations.