Manny Lara

Chief Human Resources Officer • The Bartolotta Restaurants

Manny Lara serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for The Bartolotta Restaurants, the premier restaurant and catering group in the Greater Milwaukee region. With nearly 20 years of experience in the human resources sector, Mr. Lara applies a collaborative and team-oriented approach to the development and advancement of The Bartolotta Restaurants company culture, while providing leadership in critical areas including talent acquisition, training, strategic planning, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and employee engagement, among others.

Mr. Lara joined The Bartolotta Restaurants following several years working in large healthcare systems and most recently served as Director of Human Resources for Progressive Community Health Centers in Milwaukee. At Progressive, he was responsible for overseeing the HR department and its strategic objectives, and he successfully established an equity and inclusion strategy to address diversity in recruitment, retention, and engagement within the organization.

Much of Mr. Lara’s work is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and he is an expert in the areas of workforce demographics, workforce stability, workforce composition, workforce culture and empowerment, workforce health and safety, workforce compensation and incentives, and human rights commitments.

Mr. Lara has previously served as an HR Business Partner for Milwaukee’s Aurora Health Care; a Senior HR Strategic Business Partner for BloodCenter of Wisconsin; as Senior HR Service Partner for Mayo Clinic; and as Senior HR Business Partner for ProHealth Care. He has also served in HR roles for Columbia St. Mary’s and Recreation Centers of Sun City.

Prior to beginning his HR career, Mr. Lara served for seven years as a United States Navy officer in combat operations overseas. He holds a master’s degree in human resources and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Marquette University; as well as certifications from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).