Executive Leadership

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Brian Herington

Brian Herington

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Herington is Chief Executive Officer of PureStar and serves on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Brian has more than 30 years of industrial and commercial experience leading complex, technology-driven businesses both regionally and globally. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Univar Solutions, a publicly traded, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, following Univar’s acquisition of Nexeo Solutions, where Brian served as Executive Vice President of Chemicals from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Brian was a Region Division Head, Americas at ABB and a President at Thomas & Betts. Earlier in his career, he spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Latin America and Europe at General Electric, SABIC, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, and Amoco Chemical.

He has a B.S. from Illinois State University and an MBA from Ashford University.

Sebastian Mitchell

Sebastian Mitchell

Chief Operating Officer

Sebastian Mitchell is Chief Operating Officer of PureStar, and is responsible for all aspects of PureStar’s mainland operations as well as global Environment, Health & Safety and Engineering.

Prior to joining PureStar, Sebastian served as Regional Vice President at Aramark. In this role he delivered cross-functional excellence in operations, sales, finance, and human resources to distributed client locations for 12 years. He served in senior leadership roles in Aramark’s Healthcare, Sports and Entertainment and Facility Management sectors. Sebastian previously held senior consultant positions at Grant Thornton and KPMG.

He holds a BA from Emory University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dave Kimmel

Dave Kimmel

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Kimmel is PureStar’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the finance, accounting, treasury and risk management functions for the Company.

Prior to joining PureStar, Dave spent the last 15 years in progressively senior financial positions with both publicly traded and private equity owner business services companies including ARAMARK, Iron Mountain, CDI Corporation, and Magna Legal Services.

He also has 10 years’ experience in public accounting with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen providing audit and transaction advisory services.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science from La Salle University and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of AICPA and PICPA.

Amy Vaughn

Amy Vaughn

Chief Human Resources Officer

Amy Vaughn is Chief Human Resources Officer for PureStar, where she oversees the HR team and functions including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, benefits administration, labor relations and performance management.

Amy spent the previous 15 years of her career with Aramark in HR leadership roles supporting various regions and lines of business including Uniform Services, Facility Services, Higher Education, Education K-12, Correctional Services, Sports and Entertainment, and Healthcare. Her most recent role before joining PureStar was with the global HR team supporting the integration of the HR system for the entire organization as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Amy holds a BS from Purdue University, and a Master of Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is also a member of SHRM.

Patrick O’Reilly

Patrick O’Reilly

PureStar President, Hawaii Region

Patrick O’Reilly is the President of PureStar’s Hawaii Region. He oversees the Company’s United Laundry Services, Maui Linen Supply, Ali’i Linen Services, and Hawaiian Linen Supply businesses. 

Pat joined PureStar in March 2020, and previously served as the Company’s General Counsel. Prior to that, he worked for BrightView Holdings, Inc., the nation’s leading commercial landscaping services company, as Corporate Counsel and Blank Rome LLP, as an attorney in that firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities Practice Group. 

Pat holds an MBA from Rutgers School of Business, a JD from Rutgers School of Law, and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

Ted Szymkowski

Ted Szymkowski

Vice President of Finance

Ted Szymkowski is the Vice President of Finance for PureStar. He oversees the regional finance team and provides financial support to operations.

Prior to joining Pure Star in 2019, Ted worked at Aramark Corporation in various Accounting and Finance roles over the last 25+ years. His most recent roles before joining PureStar were Regional Finance Director for Aramark Facility Services, and Director of Finance for Aramark Correctional and Leisure Services.

Ted holds his BS in Accounting from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia, PA.

David C. DiDonna

David C. DiDonna

Corporate Counsel

David C. DiDonna serves as Corporate Counsel to PureStar. He oversees and manages all of the organization’s legal functions.

David has practiced law for over sixteen years, having worked in the corporate departments of several notable law firms and in the legal departments of two multinational corporations. Additionally, David had an active pro bono practice, having offered complimentary legal services to several museums, libraries, churches and synagogues and served as General Counsel for two veteran support organizations.

David earned his JD at Widener University School of Law – Delaware, and has both an MBA and a BS from Penn State.

Vicky Cayetano

Vicky Cayetano

Senior Advisor

Vicky Cayetano currently serves as Senior Advisor to PureStar, following her role as President of PureStar’s Hawaii operations.

In 1987, Vicky co-founded Honolulu’s United Laundry Service, which received the 2020 TRSA Above & Beyond Service Award. 

From 1997 to 2002, Vicky served as Hawaii’s First Lady. She spearheaded numerous programs to improve healthcare, including an effort in 2002 to provide universal long-term care for all of Hawaii’s citizens. 

In 2019, the University of Hawaii, Travel Industry Management School presented Vicky with the 2019 “Legacy in Tourism” Award. The prior year, she received the Pacific Business News “Career Achievement Honoree”. Vicky is a 2011 recipient of the YWCA Leadership Award, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s 2000 Woman of the Year and a prior nominee of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ed Chen

Ed Chen

Senior Advisor

Ed Chen currently serves as Senior Advisor to PureStar, following his most recent role as President of PureStar’s Five Star Laundry and On-Premise Operations.

Ed co-founded Five Star Laundry, a PureStar Company, in 1998. Five Star is the national leader in working with large hotel properties to optimize laundries they operate on-premise.

Under Ed’s leadership, PureStar has expanded its presence in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Portland and Washington, DC.

Prior to founding Five Star, Ed was the Director of Catering Operations for the Chicago Hilton. His relationship working for or with Hilton spans 42 years.

Ed is past President of the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori, a school in suburban Chicago that he and his wife co-founded to serve the needs of hearing-impaired students.

Ed holds a BA in Business Management from University of Bombay.

Angel Pis-Dupot

Angel Pis-Dupot

Senior Advisor

Angel Pis-Dudot serves as Senior Advisor for PureStar, following his most recent role of President for PureStar’s Southeast region.

In 2005, Angel co-founded Hotelier Linen Services, a PureStar Company, which provides laundry service to luxury hotels throughout central and southern Florida.

Angel has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality outsourced laundry industry. He is a member of TRSA’s Hospitality Committee, a member of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and a member of Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association.

Angel holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Florida.

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