W. Randall (Randy) Schoch
CEO, Desert Island Restaurants
Randy Schoch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Desert Island Restaurants, began his hospitality career in 1974 working as a busboy during high school in Southern California. After graduating, Mr. Schoch pursued his passion for the restaurant business and moved to Hawaii. While studying business and economics at Chaminade University of Honolulu, he worked his way up through the ranks in restaurants on Oahu and Maui.
In 1980, at the age of 23, he became General Manager of the popular Nick’s Fishmarket restaurant in Waikiki and within five years, purchased the restaurant. In 1988, he opened the chic Black Orchid restaurant and nightclub in downtown Honolulu, which garnered national acclaim and achieved record sales among Hawaii restaurants. In 1994, he acquired the Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchise for the State of Hawaii.
In 1995, Mr. Schoch relocated to Arizona and established Desert Island Restaurants, a restaurant management company. The company’s vision was to introduce Hawaiian concepts to the mainland market and mainland concepts to the Islands. He initiated this process by bringing the renowned Roy’s concept to Arizona and Southern California. His Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Newport Beach locations were the highest grossing restaurants in the Roy’s portfolio. As part of the acquisition of the Roy’s concept, Mr. Schoch sold his Roy’s restaurants to Outback Steakhouse in 2002.
Mr. Schoch launched the Thaifoon-Taste of Asia concept in 2001 and established venues in Scottsdale, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Irvine and Newport Beach, California. Nation’s Restaurant News bestowed the coveted “Hot Concept” Award to Thaifoon-Taste of Asia in 2004. Another milestone in Mr. Schoch’s career came in 2005 with the launch of the Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill brand. The first location opened in Denver, Colorado followed by restaurants in Anchorage, Alaska; Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Boise, Idaho; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mr. Schoch is the owner of five successful Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including his first restaurant on Oahu in downtown Honolulu. His second Oahu restaurant, in the heart of Waikiki, is the highest grossing Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurant in the world. The other locations are on Maui in Lahaina Town and the Wailea Resort and on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Mauna Lani Resort. A Poipu, Kauai venue is scheduled to open in October 2017.
In 2005, Mr. Schoch introduced the popular Romano’s Macaroni Grill concept to Hawaii. The Oahu restaurant is located at Ala Moana Center, the largest outdoor shopping mall in the United States. In 2008, he opened his second Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island. These Hawaii restaurants are among the highest grossing Romano’s Macaroni Grills in the nation.
Mr. Schoch is a dedicated community advocate. In Arizona, he has served on the boards of the Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Arizona Culinary Institute, The Phoenix Suns Charity Organization, and the internationally acclaimed Barrow’s Neurological Institute. In Hawaii, he served on the boards of Special Olympics and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. He currently serves on the Chaminade University of Honolulu Board of Governors. In September 2013, Mr. Schoch was honored and inducted into the prestigious Hawaii Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.
In addition, Mr. Schoch is a graduated member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He became a member of the Hawaii chapter in 1989 and the Arizona chapter in 1999, where he served as chairman. Upon his YPO graduation in 2011, he became a member of World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), he was formally the education chair and is now their chapter chair.
In Arizona, Mr. Schoch is a member of the Paradise Valley Country Club and in Hawaii he is a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Oahu Country Club. Mr. Schoch currently resides in Arizona and in Hawaii with his wife. Both his children are graduates of the University of Arizona; his son graduated in 2015 with a degree in Economics and his daughter graduated in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice.