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.

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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