About Us

To implement the highest caliber Integrity based Human Resources solutions, support and products to drive top tier business outcomes.

Christopher Plunkett

Corporate Director of Human Resources/ Partner

Chris Plunkett took over all Senior Corporate Human Resources responsibilities at Rockit Ranch Productions in early 2016. Previously, Chris was the Cluster Director of Human Resources overseeing both flagged and non- flagged full-service high-rise hotels in downtown Chicago. Responsibilities extended to both non-union and union work forces, including multiple union contracts. Additionally, he opened Hotels, both on the mainland and in Hawaii.

Chris also held Senior Human Resources Leadership roles in Casino Gaming with Penn National Gaming and in the Restaurant industry with both Host Marriott Services and Darden. Chris has an extensive business and operations acumen having opened licensed and independent branded restaurant concepts all over the Midwest.

Billy Dec

Partner

Billy Dec is an Attorney, Restaurateur and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a premier Hospitality and Entertainment development and management company. Dec’s educational background includes the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Harvard Business School.

As a Presidential Appointee, Dec served the White House Advisory Commission on Asian American & Pacific Islanders, and the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force. He has received numerous awards including “Excellence in Business Award” from the State of Illinois and the State’s Attorney’s Community Leadership Award. Dec is also heavily involved in philanthropic organizations like Advancing Justice, Children’s Oncology Services, Lookingglass Theatre… and formerly served as the Director of Cultural Relations for the 2016 Olympic Committee.

David Gilbert

President/Partner

Before joining Rockit Ranch, David was President of Heartland Payment Systems Hospitality Group and also served as Chief Operating Officer of the National Restaurant Association where he was responsible for operating the NRA Show, the industry’s largest trade show, and ServSafe, the industry’s leading food safety training program.

David’s diverse background also includes extensive experience in operations with Wendy’s franchise system, Rio Bravo Cantina, Applebee’s International, Shoney’s Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. David currently serves on several advisory boards to include Boomtown Network Inc., ToGo Technologies Inc., Juvo360 and Built Technologies.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Florida State University and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Alumnus of the Year by the Dedman School of Hospitality.

Greg Cobb

Hotel Taskforce Human Resources Director and Independent Consultant

Greg Cobb is a Senior Human Resources & Training Manager holding positions previously at Marshall Field’s (Target Corp and Federated Inc.) and Kokua Hospitality (Allerton, Doubletree by Hilton, Embassy Suites and Hyatt Place Hotels). Greg Cobb was also General Manager at a multi-unit Gap/Gap Kids/Baby Gap/Gap Body prototype store in Michigan. Greg maintains a high-level business operations acumen and won several retail excellence awards and accolades. Including the “Field’s Finest Award” (Marshall Fields’s/ Macy’s) where Greg trained over 400 Sales Associates on an annual basis.