Our Staff

You may recognize a few of these faces from the show, "Undercover Billionaire" and you may even bump into them at the restaurant from time to time. This is our team of Underdogs! 

 

Underdog BBQ Cowboy Mike Loveranes

Cowboy Mike Loveranes
BBQ 
Pit master

Nicknamed by Glenn Stearns as the "Silent Assassin," Mike has a love for BBQ and a passion for motivating, team building, and professional development. Don't let his quiet demeanor fool you, he never misses an opportunity to look deeper and improve any situation. Quality is his utmost priority in all he does. With a flair for creating in the kitchen, and a hobby that turned into a trade — smoked meats, well, really smoked anything — cultivates a dynamic with the kitchen staff at Underdog BBQ that inspires and leaves guests wanting more. When you get him talking about BBQ, you'll learn so much!"

   

Underdog BBQ Ashley Messenger, Julie and Jennifer Flack

 

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Ashley Messenger

Kitchen Manager/Chef

Born and raised as an Erie-ite! When not working in the kitchen, she is spending time with friends, families, her rabbits and chinchillas. You also might catch her fishing off the dock or playing video games. Spending a decade in the hospitality industry and being an alumni from Mercyhurst University, she has always had a passion for cooking and sharing it with others. She intends that any meal that she prepares be not just food on a plate, but an experience that keeps you coming back for more. She strives to not simply cook food, but to create crave-able memories.

Jennifer Flack
Pit Crew Personnel
Born in Erie, PA, Julie graduated in 2015 from Mercyhurst University with a B.S. in Biology. The detours in life led her down a different career path into the food industry, where Underdog BBQ gave her the opportunity to take on baking and learn how to smoke meats! During her off-time, she likes to write, dabble in photography and play with her two German Shepherds.
Julie Flack
Pit Crew Personnel
Born and raised in Erie PA, among her many passions, cooking is definitely one of them. She strives to learn new techniques and build lasting memories. She enjoys crafting and working on her cars with her father and sister. She has a deep love for her dog, two gerbils and just about any other animal! She believes you don't need a degree to fulfill your dreams, just a lot of hard work. 

 

Underdog BBQ RJ MessengerRJ Messenger

Director of Sauces, Rubs and Apparel

With an inspiring Underdog story of his own, RJ oversees the sales and distribution of Underdog's signature sauces and rubs along with their line of apparel. He also is the co-owner of the local clothing company, Iron Empire Clothing.

 

 

Underdog BBQ Chris Norris

Chris Norris
Social Media Manager

Chris is the online voice behind the Underdog brand, using social media to share our message...and pics of delicious smoked meats! He is a father, loyal Cleveland Indians fan and recently started a social media consulting agency, Revox Social. 

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