Meet the Team

franchise owners

Meet the Team

Sean Dehghani,
Founder & Co-Owner

Sean Dehghani

Sean is the backbone of Santorini’s from concept to creation, with over eighteen years of experience and expertise in the restaurant industry. The menu development, restaurant layout, operations, as well as marketing strategy has all been originated and managed by Sean. His involvement in a commercial construction company means every detail of each location has been overseen and customized to his high standards.

If he’s not at the restaurant, you will find Sean spending time with his wife and three children. They love to cook together and play together. He is active in his community, often serving as a board member for organizations such as the Davis County Republican Party. He supports law enforcement and health care professionals and is always willing to participate in community fundraisers.

Sean’s desire to give back to the community is one of the differentiating aspects of the Santorini brand. “When my wife and I started this, we told each other that we would make sure we give back to the community as much as possible and not be a typical restaurant—not just take, take, take. Being a part of our community and our employees’ lives’ is very important to us.”

Massoud Shafizadeh

Massoud Shafizadeh

Massoud brings depth and a wealth of knowledge and experience to Santorini’s. He has over thirty years in several businesses, including a home building business as a general contractor and owning twenty-two Ambassador Pizza locations. His educational background is in Engineering with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Utah.

He and his wife enjoy traveling and attending concerts together. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Together, Sean and Massoud share their passion for quality, fresh food served fast-casual for today’s busy families.