Meet The America’s Best Restaurants Team

Matt Plapp

Matt Plapp is the CEO of America’s Best Restaurants. He started his digital marketing journey back in 2008 helping restaurant owners increase their profits by attracting the attention of their customers every week.

Matt has a passion for helping people build successful businesses that bring smiles to the community. One of Matt’s favorite foods is Buffalo Wings, and he also loves CrossFit!

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Doug Smith


Doug Smith used to do college sports radio play-by-play. But now, he helps independent restaurant owners survive AND thrive! These restaurants pay their house mortgage, support the community, and provide people with jobs, so watching them succeed is way more than just a job for Doug.

Sierra Thorn

Director Of Sales

Sierra Thorn has always been a go-getter and team player. She is passionate about travel and loves to spend time with her Golden Retriever, Louie. She also loves Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Sierra joined the America’s Best Restaurants team in late 2021.

John Parker

Director Of Operations

John’s lived all over Kentucky, but now calls Petersburg home. He has a background in construction and management and is also a pastor! His job is to bring clarity and organization to people and processes. His favorite food is corned beef and cabbage, and his favorite vacation memory is climbing Mount Meeker in Colorado!

Duane Plapp

Relationship Expert

Duane Plapp is the Michael Jordan of Sales. He’s got a heart of gold and a personality that makes everyone in the room laugh. When he’s not coaching the America’s Best Restaurants sales team, you can find Duane in the studio with Matt streaming 'Fire with Dad'. Cha Ching Baby!

David Schlotter

Director Of Marketing

David Schlotter is a young man with an old soul. He loves telling restaurant owners’ stories through America’s Best Restaurants. His favorite memory was hitting the Vegas strip with the ABR team! When David isn’t traveling, he enjoys spending time with his family and eating his favorite food: prime rib.

Andrew King

Web Developer

Andrew King is originally from St.John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and still lives there today. Andrew has been a full time entrepreneur since the ripe age of 20. He loves that he can build web solutions for clients quickly and efficiently just like the site you’re on right now! Andrew enjoys sports such as ice hockey and golf.

Becky Schlotter

Success Coach

Becky joined America's Best Restaurants in 2022!  Becky once lived in Perth, Western Australia for a year after graduating from high school. She enjoys exploring in the kitchen making new recipes, photography, pickleball, and has a love for travel. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and children!

Suzanne Caithamer

Communications Specialist

Suzanne grew up in Muncie, IN and now lives in Walton, KY. She spent years in the foodservice industry doing everything from pastry making to third-party food safety audits. She loves to write about great restaurants so people will learn about them and will go eat there! Her favorite dessert is fudgy chocolate brownies, but she's a dietitian too, so everything in moderation, right?

Meghan Ashley

Content Distribution

Meghan Ashley is the content distributor for America’s Best Restaurants. She joined the team in 2021 and is responsible for scheduling company posts to all social platforms. Meghan loves visiting local spots. Her superpower of choice would be flying and she’s currently working on getting her pilot’s license.

Gabe Meyers

Relationship Builder

Gabe Meyers joined America’s Best Restaurants in 2020. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Gabriel loves his job because he gets to invite the coolest and most knowledgeable guests onto Matt’s “The Restaurant Expert Round-Up” podcast! A fun fact about Gabriel is that he played piano for eight years!

Staci Leiker

Marketing Strategist

Staci Leiker joined America's Best Restaurants in 2022. Born in Atlanta, raised in Miami, she now lives in Union, KY! Staci could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - she loves it so much! She also LOVES roller skating - but only on quads.

Greg Hutson

Road Show Host

Greg Hutson joined America's Best Restaurants as our Host in 2022! He was born in Hamilton, OH. Greg LOVES cooking and traveling the country eating all the fantastic food he can find. Greg has been in the last 2 WWE video games, WWE2K20 and WWE2K22.

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Luis Rivera

Show Host & Sales

Luis Rivera is a friendly face at America’s Best Restaurants. Hailing from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, he now lives in Crestview Hills, KY. Luis has been a HUGE superhero and comic book fan since he was young. Luis LOVES to travel. When he’s not on the road, you can find him enjoying some Japanese food!

Austin Turner


Austin Turner is originally from Norton, VA but now lives in Erlanger, KY. Austin enjoys working out and believes that the gym can teach you a lot about life. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and friends. His favorite memory is the 2021 America’s Best Restaurants Christmas party.

Kristian Cotta

West Coast Sales Partner

Kristian Cotta is originally from San Francisco, CA but now lives in Phoenix, AZ. He loves his job because he gets to help great local restaurants that people don’t really know about and show off their tasty food so that more people come in and eat. In his free time, he loves going to sporting events.

Adam Hobeiche

West Coast Sales Partner

Adam Hobeiche lives out in Phoenix and handles sales for the west coast, helping restaurants get more customers. He considers himself a serial entrepreneur, and he’s worked in sales consulting and even in film. He’s been meditating since age seven and his favorite food is avocado. His favorite vacation memory is scuba diving off Black Rock in Maui!

Daran Adair

Producer & Sales

Daran Adair is a hard-working and trustworthy individual, who enjoys helping people meet and exceed their goals. He was born in Winnipeg, but now lives in Savage, MN. Daran loves to play the drums and hockey. His favorite food is a Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger, which he eats whenever he finds one!

Teresa Martin


Teresa Martin is originally from Floyd, VA and now lives in Check, VA. She joined the America’s Best Restaurants team in 2021. She loves that we offer restaurants the opportunity to grow their businesses with our help. Whenever Teresa has the chance, she drag races her ‘79 Trans Am on the track!

Randy Moore


Randy Moore is a Producer for America’s Best Restaurants. He has been working in the restaurant marketing industry since 2022, and he now lives in Florence, KY. Randy loves seeing the excitement on clients’ faces when setting up their visit to America’s Best Restaurants! His favorite food is pizza. (Duh!)

Logan Eickhoff


Logan Eickhoff is originally from Florence Kentucky. He joined America's Best Restaurants in 2022. Logan loves working at ABR because they have a very fun work environment and everyone is super friendly. In his spare time, Logan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and watching football.

Dan Link


Originally from West Chester, Ohio, Dan now lives in Fort Wright, Kentucky. His favorite food is pizza and he loves photography and  traveling! He even got to see the Pope (not once, but twice!) on a trip to Florence and Rome. He also loves concerts and live music, and has met Trent Reznor and Dave Matthews!

Varun Singh

Video Editor

Varun Singh joined the America’s Best Restaurants team in 2021. He was born and raised in Ranchi, India, and loves his job because he enjoys helping people meet and exceed their goals. If he had one super power, it would be to fly because that’s the only way he could fly for free! Wings are his go-to food!

Sandeep Singh

Video Editor

Sandeep Singh joined the America’s Best Restaurants team in 2021. He was born and raised in Ranchi, India. Sandeep loves his job because he loves the America’s Best Restaurants fun work environment. If he had one superpower it would be flying because he wants to travel the world like a bird.

MD Maruful Islam

Video Editor

MD Maruful Islam joined the Americas Best Restaurants team in 2021. He was born and raised in Rangpur, Bangladesh, where he discovered his love & passion for food. If he had one super power, it would be the ability to fly so he could travel anywhere in the world and eat his favorite food – burgers!

Jaffar Haider

Video Editor

Jaffar Haider joined ABR as a video producer. He loves his job because he’s a big foodie and gets to make creative videos about food. If Jaffar had one super power, it would be flying so he wouldn’t have to worry about traffic jams. In his free time, he loves playing video games with his friends.