Professional Consultants, Industry Veterans
Managing Partner and Founder
Lee is a veteran senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, board member with significant success in restaurants, food and beverage, hospitality, and franchising. Leveraging extensive experience in strategic planning, investor relations, and international business, he is a valuable asset for similar-sector companies looking for next-level revenue growth, and expansion. His broad areas of expertise include leadership, board, executive, and management consulting; capital fundraising; corporate, organizational, and people development; business analysis, strategy, planning, budgets, and development; P&L; marketing strategy; change management; turnaround; pivot; private equity; venture and angel capital; high-level communication and negotiation; mergers and acquisitions(M&A); integration; and high-performance team building and mentoring.
Lee is recognized and respected as a leading expert in restaurant concepts, development, operations, and management in the United States. Lee spent 12 years as a partner and co-founder of Lee Cohn & Associates. Lee’s new company is Lee Cohn and Associates continuing to do high level advisory work. Lee created a restaurant concept in Hong Kong called Dan Ryan’s Windy City Grill, created a steak house and other food service outlets for a casino in Louisiana.
Helped lead the effort to buy Mastros steak house in 2007 and was on the board for 7 years. Did board work for the Mastro family when they were creating Steak 44. Lee and Rich Melman (Lettuce Entertain you) co created Ed Debevics, which was their first collaboration together and have remained friends and partners ever since. Lee began his career founding Big 4 Restaurants, where he created Lunt Ave Marble Club (brought deep dish pizza to Arizona), Steamers, Pops (built first wood burning oven in Arizona), Oscar Taylors, Willy and Guillermo’s (good food from bad guys) American Grill, Cicero’s, Aldo Baldo, and other concepts.
He has spent half his career building up a company, and the other half mentoring people. He has successfully created concepts so strong they are considered global benchmarks in the industry. Lee believes in establishing a culture of success that really helps people grow- with many executives, managers, and personnel going on to be very successful not only in restaurants but other business and life endeavors
Lee obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arizona State University (ASU). He has served on boards for Steak 44, Mastros, Marie Callenders, McCormick and Schmick’s, Luther’s BBQ, Perkins, Oreganos, Quacker Steak and Lube, Real Food Daily (Vegan). Lee has additional community board experience serving for the Phoenix Thunderbirds, The Fiesta Bowl, Phoenix Ballet, YPO, Boys Hope- Girls Hope, and Valley Big Brothers and Sisters.
Chris was born and raised in Arizona and went to Brophy College Preparatory. He then graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He then attained a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling, Summa Cum Laude, from Grand Canyon University. In 2008, Chris Founded Scottsdale Recovery Center and its subsidiary, Arizona Addiction Recovery Center. Over the next 14 years, he built the rehabs to over 60 total beds, medical detox, inpatient, PHP, and outpatient levels of care.
In 2020, Chris Founded Daytryp Health, a Psychedelic Assisted Treatment and Plant Medicine Retreat Center in Phoenix, AZ. Currently Daytryp offers Ketamine Therapy but will provide MDMA and Psilocybin Therapy when legalization comes in 2024.
His experience and knowledge lie mostly in the addiction, behavioral health, psychedelic and mental health space. Being a founder and president of these three behavioral health organizations, Chris utilizes this experience and knowledge to help navigate any deals in the healthcare sector for Lee Cohn & Associates’ clients. Scottsdale Recovery Center is one the most well-respected rehab organizations not only in Scottsdale, but in the USA. Chris is very proud of that achievement. Daytryp Health stands as the pioneer of the Psychedelic / Ketamine Therapy space in the Southwest, with goals to open 15 clinics natiowide by 2025.