Alumnus Named Top Private Company CMO

Chris Tomasso, ’93, graduated from the Nicholson School of Communication with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is currently the chief marketing officer for First Watch Restaurants and was recently named a Top Private Company CMO for 2012 by ExecRank. Tomasso

The rankings were compiled by ExecRank, and was the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top chief marketing officers that yielded an algorithm for how to rank marketing executives based on their performance in 24 key areas. Tomasso ranked No. 48 out of the 250 that made the list.

With 20 years of marketing experience in the restaurant industry, Tomasso is responsible for the development and execution of First Watch’s strategic marketing plans and oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, and culinary research and development. He also currently serves on the UCF Alumni Association Board of Directors. For the complete rankings, please visit


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