Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs: USHG President Chip Wade
As President of Union Square Hospitality Group, Chip is responsible for further enhancing and evolving the company’s culture, driving an even greater experience for guests, and bolstering the profitability of its businesses. Chip works directly with CEO Danny Meyer, his executive-level colleagues, USHG’s Board of Directors, and USHG’s Operations leadership teams.
Chip joined the USHG executive team following a rich 30-year career in operational leadership in the hospitality industry. Most recently, Chip spent 17 years in leadership with Darden Restaurants, where he oversaw all operating functions, drove best-in-industry people metrics, and enhanced financial performance for a number of Darden’s high-growth brands.
He also served as Chief Operating Officer for Legal Sea Foods in Boston, Massachusetts, in which capacity he led all operations for the family-owned group’s 31 restaurants, and oversaw the launch of the Legal Test Kitchen concept. Earlier in his career, Chip worked in development and human resources for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.
A Pennsylvania native, Chip got his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales College, his B.S. from Widener University, and his M.B.A. from The University of Texas, Dallas. In addition to his professional experience, Chip serves on the boards of Johnson & Wales University and Youth Villages, a non-profit offering services and support for families of children with emotional, mental and behavioral problems.