Management & Staff
Combined, our management team has nearly a century of experience in fine dining.
Alan Teran, Owner
“The restaurant business is always changing; that’s what makes it challenging and interesting.” –Alan Teran, owner
A long-time Boulder resident, Alan has owned the Boulder Cork since 1981. He credits his highly experienced team and their ability to work together as a large reason for the Cork’s continued success throughout the years. With a trusted team in place, Alan is able to pursue one of his biggest passions: travel. By visiting restaurants both nationally and internationally every year, Alan is able to learn from and adapt the ideas of others in order to make the Cork better. “It’s important to understand who you are; you find your niche and you do it well,” Alan says. Alan has always enjoyed working in the full-service restaurant atmosphere and loves to use his experience and travel to continually improve the Cork. He feels the constantly changing restaurant industry forces him and his team to stay on their toes, always looking to improve, and that’s what he loves so much about the restaurant business.
Donna Karmeris, Manager
“The team here is like a family.” –Donna Karmeris, manager
Donna has been a part of the Cork team for more than 30 years. She began as a hostess after working in several other restaurants. Despite planning on staying in Boulder for only a year or so, she fell in love with the area and has lived here for 33 years. Donna enjoys the family-like atmosphere among the team at the Cork, and her flexible hours let her pursue her many hobbies, including lake kayaking, tennis, gardening, hiking and just spending time outside in general.
Gary Silverman, Assistant Manager
“The ambiance is great… working here is just a lot of fun.” –Gary Silverman, assistant manager
Gary has been with the Boulder Cork for more than 25 years. He began his career at the Cork as a dishwasher in 1984 and worked as a cook, bartender and waiter until becoming assistant manager in 1992. He and the Boulder Cork Chef, Jim Smailer, hunt for fresh mushrooms every year to include on the regularly rotating menu, and Gary also purchases all the wine for the restaurant. When he isn’t at the Cork, you can find Gary traveling, skiing, hiking, kayaking or working on his real estate business.
Sean Gonyea, Assistant Manager
“I enjoy the camaraderie the management team shares, and appreciate how well the team works together.” –Sean Gonyea, Assistant Manager
Sean, a Wisconsin native, came to the Cork as a backwait in 1997 and worked his way through a number of positions at the restaurant before becoming assistant manager about eight years ago. His experience in the restaurant industry, though, extends back 27 years to when he was 15 and took his first job in a restaurant. Like his fellow Cork employees, Sean enjoys the camaraderie the management team shares, and appreciates how well the team works together every day. In his spare time, Sean enjoys hiking, trail running, riding his bike and bringing his dog, Rollie, on as many adventures as possible.