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Carlos Neri

Director of Operations

Carlos comes from a family of restaurant/hospitality professionals, including his parents and grandparents on both sides.  He started his own career at age 16 as an expediter at Hugo’s.  He went through all of the front-of-house positions at Hugo’s, including bartender, busser, runner, server and eventually manager by age 20.  He then was General Manager of Backstreet Cafe for two years before returning to Hugo’s in 2009 as General Manager, and in 2013, with the opening of Caracol, was promoted to Director of Operations over the three restaurants.  Carlos enjoys learning more the business side of the industry in his current position, working side-by-side with Tracy Vaught. The native Houstonian bases himself at Caracol, where you can still find him “working the floor” on weekend nights.  Carlos says that was part of the agreement in taking the Director position – “it’s just in my blood.”