About Us

We Are Ocean Drive Communications

Ocean Drive Communications is a team of hospitality industry consultants ready to infuse your business with our extensive expertise. We combine a breadth and depth of experience that is rare to find in organizations several times our size. Our goal is to leverage ourselves to create an increase of your company's operational intelligence in a manner that might otherwise take years to accumulate.

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Mission Statement

Building the hospitality brands that will accelerate the evolution of the industry's best practices.

The Ocean Drive Communications Team

Justin Ferland Restaurant Consultant

Justin Ferland

Principal

From the iconic Gotham Hall Nightclub on the Westside of Los Angeles to New England's famed Barking Crab restaurants, Justin has managed operations from coast to coast, and everything in between. Justin takes his expertise of hospitality management, including new restaurant openings, brand development, and leadership training and combines it with a ''boutique'' mindset, being on-site to ensure the business owner's vision is truly realized.

Sean Dunn

Food & Beverage Expert

From being named the general manager of Asterisk & Obelisk at age 23 to building and running the outside bar of America's oldest restaurant, the White Horse Tavern, to working six and a half years at the picturesque Castle Hill Inn, Sean Dunn has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in Newport's premiere fine dining establishments. Sean looks forward to bringing his hospitality know-how to bear for your business.

Tristan Pinnock - digital brand ambassador - ocean drive communications

Tristan Pinnock

Digital Brand Ambassador

From blogging and social media to e-commerce and SEO, Tristan Pinnock has a decade's experience as a web marketer and online personality. Tristan has taken businesses with no online presence whatsoever and turned them into the dominant online entity in their industry, leading search and social, locally and worldwide.
As a wordsmith, Tristan has written articles that have gotten hundreds of thousands of pageviews for his clients and his own personal website, The Newport Blast. He knows how to combine the right titles, keywords and entertaining content to create the marketing content that will actually go viral in its own right.
Tristan is also a prolific photographer and videographer, creating promotional videos for local businesses, events and bands.

(1/4) I spent a lot of time working closely with Justin when he was a General Manager within our restaurant group. For many years he proved himself to be one of the most capable, thoughtful and diligent colleagues I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside.

James O'BrienCarlow Brewing

(2/4) Justin is someone with a relentless work ethic, a tenacious desire for improvement and a wholehearted commitment to the values of hospitality. He is constantly chasing great experiences not only for his guests but for his employees, for his supply partners and for the community as a whole.

James O'BrienCarlow Brewing

(3/4) [Justin] is progressive and inventive, he is creative and he is solutions focused. As a manger, he is considerate and engaging with a compassionate ear.

James O'BrienCarlow Brewing

(4/4) In the hospitality sector, there are a few people who truly embody the core ideas of the phrase and Justin is one of those people. I greatly enjoyed working with him and would happily do the same in the future.

James O'BrienCarlow Brewing

(1/2) Justin is a charismatic leader with a broad aperture for hospitality. He is fair to his employees and has a phenomenal business sense. He works well under pressure and always delivers on time or before a deadline.

Luke DevineGeneral Manager, Bar Cino

(2/2) Justin is a great planner and executes with precision. He holds himself and the people around him to the highest standards.

Luke DevineGeneral Manager, Bar Cino