John Terzian

The h.wood Group

John Terzian has become a strong force in the Los Angeles restaurant and nightclub industry since the inception of The h.wood Group in 2008. From one lounge in LA to a flourishing business with over 17 venues across the country, he and his managing partner, Brian Toll, continue to expand h.wood’s portfolio of upscale restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels.


As a Southern California native and a graduate of USC and Pepperdine Law School, Terzian brings a wealth of experience and close-knit industry relationships that have stemmed from his entrepreneurial endeavors. He has leveraged strategic partnerships and a signature style of branding to create a unique niche of reservation-only eateries like Delilah and the NICE GUY, which captured the attention of celebrities, foodies, and LA locals. Combining thoughtful cuisine, elegant cocktails, and state-of-the-art interiors have elevated Terzian’s venues into some of the most-frequented establishments in the world.


Aside from being an entrepreneur, he is actively involved in philanthropy and serves as a board member for the nonprofit organization mentorship program for the homeless, Imagine LA, and serves as an active co-chair for the Children’s Hospital’s Sports & Entertainment board.


Terzian has been notably featured in a variety of print publications including Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, Business Insider, Reuter’s, Yahoo! Finance, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and was on the cover of Business Jet Traveler and High Rise Life. He also made guest speaking appearances on Larry King’s “King’s Things”, Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Conference, and Bobby Flay’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”


With more venues and events on the horizon, Terzian continues to be the lead director of The h.wood Group. The h.wood Group’s portfolio includes nightlife venues, Bootsy Bellows LA & Aspen & Dallas, SHOREbar Santa Monica & Cabo, Mexico, Blind Dragon LA & Chicago & Scottsdale, The Peppermint Club, Poppy, Harriet’s at 1 Hotel West Hollywood, with restaurants, The NICE GUY LA & Aspen, Delilah, Petite Taqueria, Mason Chicago & Santa Monica, 40 LOVE, SLAB, Alice Kitchen at 1 Hotel West Hollywood, and hotel properties, Found Hotels.