The Highlands Team


Our team is a veritable melting pot, with people from all corners of the country and pretty much every walk of life. They do have some things in common, though: a passion for food and the uncanny knack for making your experience an amazing one. Take a look at our stories and come on in to talk to us—we may even quiz you.

Kevin Morrison

Kevin Morrison

Chef/Owner



Kevin Morrison was the founder of Red Tomato Specialty Produce, serving the independent upscale restaurant industry in Denver, as well as co-founder of the Spicy Pickle Sub Shop and Spicy Pickle Franchising. In 2006 the concept won Nation’s Restaurant News “Hot Concept” award and went public in 2007. Later in ’07 Kevin was the creative force behind Crumb Rustic Bakery, a wholesale bakery that serviced all of Colorado’s Spicy Pickle restaurants. In 2010 Kevin left the restraints of corporate life to develop other grassroots food concepts like Tacos Tequila Whiskey and Poco Torteria.

I like to…


Travel, sail, hang with my family, watch TV. Maybe not in that order.


Little known facts


I go on the log ride with my twin boys but it scares the hell out of me!


Angella Jimenez

Angella Jimenez

Office Manager



KTM Restaurant Group is pleased to welcome Angella Jimenez. Angella will be taking over the position of Office Manager for the corporate office. Ms. Jimenez brings over 11 years of Human Resource and Office Management experience to the KTM Group. Angella started her career within Escrow and quickly moved into management. The Real Estate industry has opened many doors to her over the years allowing her to not only grow her knowledge, but it also offered her valuable experience’s. She has been continually recognized (by her employers and staff) for her diligence and commitment. When Angella is not putting in hours at the office she enjoys riding motorcycles and attending events for local charities she is proud to support. The KTM restaurant group is excited to offer her a new challenge, to create a niche for herself in the restaurant industry.

Please join us in giving her a warm TTW welcome!


Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker

Director of Tacoperations



Steve comes to KTM most recently from Sysco Foods in Denver, where he spent just over 6 years as a Marketing Associate. During his time at Sysco, he not only earned awards for excellence and growth but also served his customers with the utmost integrity and professionalism. He was and remains a respected leader and resource to his former coworkers. Prior to Sysco, Steve worked with the Hillstone Restaurant Group for nearly 10 years where he learned the importance of standardized systems and team culture.

Growing up in Indiana, Steve spent a lot of time in the outdoors and was fortunate to have a nice 10-acre yard to play football, baseball, soccer, drive golf balls as hard as he wanted and use their tractor to make BMX tracks and RC car tracks. He focused on soccer for most of his life but because he could not sit still for more than 3 minutes (remains true today), he occupied and challenged himself by doing door to door sales, refereeing soccer games in between his own soccer games, wrestling, baseball, track & field, Cross Country, cycling, swimming and filled every season with various activities.

After graduating Huntington College, Steve attended Johnson & Wales in Denver, CO. He participated in the Garnish Your Degree program which earned him. his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. During this time, he worked for the California Café in Park Meadows. At Johnson & Wales, Steve made a lot of industry contacts who branched out to different states and in different capacities in the restaurant/hospitality industry.

I like to…


Steve enjoys skiing, drawing, doing homework (sometimes), camping and sitting around the bonfire with his 2 kids and wife of 14 years.


Little known facts


In High School, Steve worked at a local bike shop starting off as a bike assembler.


Jason Hurtado

Jason Hurtado

General Manager



I am from Southern California born and raised. Growing up in Huntington Beach, I did surf but I prefer the snow more. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Business from the University of North Carolina, Go Tar Heels. Then pursued a Culinary degree at Cordon Blue in California. Throughout my career I have worked for serval high profile concepts including Yardhouse, Hanger 24, and US Taco. I moved to Colorado about 2 years ago knowing no one and I could not be happier with my decision and now I work with a great group of people and look forward to building the KTM brand. 

Little known facts


I’ve been snowboarding for over 20 years and love the rush you get on the perfect run. 

Hannah Mercier

Hannah Mercier

Assistant General Manager



Hannah was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to Colorado shortly after she graduated from the University of New Mexico. Hannah has a degree in English, with a concentration in professional and technical writing. She worked at Outback Steakhouse for 4 years, and shortly after dining at Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey she knew this was the place she needed to end up at. She started at the City Park location, and worked her way up to the Highlands with a goal to help the store grow and increase its bottom line.


I like to…


Read


Little known facts


Her name is a palindrome.
Hannah has a shoe obsession.


Alexander Collins

Alexander Collins

Manager



Alexander Collins was born on French Island, Wisconsin and moved to Colorado in 2014. He attended La Crosse Logan High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2012. After a couple years there, he transferred to Metropolitan State University in Denver where he finished his degree in Management. After first moving to Colorado, Alex spent his first year in Denver bussing and serving for TAG restaurant group before starting with Tacos Tequila Whiskey in June of 2016. He was promoted to Manager in October of 2017 where he remains today. Strengths- Patience, Pride, Work Ethic, The Want to Learn.


I like to…


Snowboard and Play Basketball


Little known facts


Lived on an island for 21 years

Alexander Collins

Kelsea Murrell

Manager



Kelsea Murrell was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Colorado as a young teen. She graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 2004.. Over the course of her 15+ year journey in the service industry, she was able to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She started growing with her Pinche family in July 2014. Kelsea enjoys traveling the world with family and friends. You can often find her backpacking through the rocky mountains, canteen filled with wine. She enjoys long hikes, Italian food, puzzles, movies, concerts, and candy.


I like…


camping


Little known facts


I am a twin


Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Bar Manager



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