VIP Treatment is standard at OCEAN PRIME.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service. Our team members are “great people delivering genuine hospitality,” and it’s no accident that we put “people” first in our company motto. Heartfelt hospitality is our key to the consistently exceptional service you can expect at OCEAN PRIME. Our team will do everything possible to ensure our guests have a truly amazing experience.
Executive Chef Branden Pegg
Branden Pegg’s dream of becoming a chef stems from his first job at age 14 where he worked as a cook at a local Root Beer and Hot Dog stand in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. He instantly fell in love with the energy, the fire (literally), and atmosphere of working in a kitchen.
Upon graduating high school, Pegg joined the United States Air Force where he served for seven years. It was during this time that he rediscovered his love of cooking and soon enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago and graduated in 2007.
Before joining the Cameron Mitchell team, Pegg began his culinary career in Fairbanks, Alaska and Chicago, Illinois but always heard his hometown state of Indiana calling his name. Branden moved back to Indiana and began working at OCEAN PRIME Indianapolis as sauté cook in March 2014. In two short years, Chef Branden has climbed the ranks to Executive Chef, crediting his fellow associates and the ongoing support at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants for this achievement.
His favorite OCEAN PRIME dish is the Prime Roll and he spends his spare time going on bike rides with his wife and son, grilling, camping and completing crossword puzzles. He currently resides in Indianapolis with his family.
General Manager William Neiberger
Through perseverance and hard work, William “Willie” Neiberger, has become an integral part of the Ocean Prime family. A native of Denver, Willie joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) family in 2011 as a server at Ocean Prime Larimer Square. In 2012, he joined the Ocean Prime Indianapolis opening team and has quickly risen through the ranks, serving as bartender and supervisor, dining room manager, and lead trainer during the openings of Ocean Prime locations in Boston and Washington, D.C.
In addition to going above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for guests in the dining room, Willie has also developed an appreciation for collaborating with the kitchen to craft a well-thought out beverage program. In addition to overseeing the restaurant’s Wine Spectator-honored wine list, he also helps with the creation of new cocktail features.
Willie is inspired by the energy of Indianapolis and looks forward to growing his career as general manager by offering guests the kind of hospitality they have grown to expect.
When not serving his guests, Willie enjoys exploring his downtown Indianapolis neighborhood, taking advantage of the city’s flourishing culinary scene and attending the plethora of musical performances the city has to offer. He also enjoys traveling and discovering Indy’s top-rated golf courses.
Sales & Event Manager Vanessa Viggers
Born and raised in Indiana, Vanessa Viggers has a keen eye for Hoosier hospitality. She began her career with Ocean Prime in 2014 as a guest services associate and quickly earned promotions to server assistant and supervisor. Vanessa gleaned a deep operational understanding from these roles, and that, along with her years of industry experience, led the team to appoint her as lead trainer for the highly-anticipated opening of Ocean Prime Chicago in April 2019.
Quickly thereafter, she rejoined the Ocean Prime Indianapolis team and was promoted to sales and event manager. Her dedication to customer satisfaction and delivering genuine hospitality is experienced daily by guests seeking an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.
Vanessa graduated from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In her free time, she enjoys movies and travel, with the goal of adding more trips in the U.S. and stamps to her passport in the coming years.