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Education: Graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. Earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in 2005.
Work Experience: Spent about 10 years in Operations Management (United Airlines, Hotel St. Francis - San Francisco, Rusty Scupper Restaurants). Moved to a sales career as a National Account Sales Director for the Quaker Oats Company and Instill Corporation. In 2001 began my current position with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (now known as NRA Solutions LLC) as a Sales Director. Am a Certified ServSafe Food Safety and ServSafe Alcohol Instructor.
Training has always been a passion of mine. Became a Certified Facilitator of the Heart-Centered Leadership Program in 2007. Founded Stirling View, a consulting and speaking organization, to market the Heart-Centered Leadership workshop and other leadership and management development offerings.
Member of the Board of Directors of CHART (Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers). Recently served as Board member in charge of the 75th semi-annual CHART Conference held in Minneapolis (March, 2008).
Years in the Industry
Presentation of over 400 Teddy Bears to the Minneapolis Fire Fighters. CHART Conference at the Depot Hotel in Minneapolis - March 2, 2008.
Presentation by US Naval Academy Jolly Rogers Silent Drill Team. CHART Conference - Annapolis, MD February, 2007.
These are challenging times for restaurant operators - the economic outlook, gas prices, food prices and stronger overall competition. It only makes sense to look for ways to cut costs, but is cutting your investment in training the best approach?
In the following three video clips, I responded to questions from Judy Asman (Judy Asman Communications) about the state of the economy and its impact on training. Speaking on behalf of my role as a Board member of CHART (The Council of… Continue
Everyone talks about giving back, but few people actually do it. Not knowing what to do or how to get started may be a couple of reasons for this lack of action. This applies both to individuals and organizaitons.
In addition to being the "right thing to do", there is a strong business case for philanthropy. One benefit is increased retention. Eric Chester, in his book "Generation Why", points out that today's workers want to be associated… Continue
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"Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas"
Kelly Ames is a client and a good friend. She mentioned to me that I should meet you, so here I am introducing myself. I saw in your bio that you are a Scot! While I am a Swede... I did spend one of the best weeks of my life in Scotland in 2005 at The Open!
Have a great day!
Good to here from you. I understand you have been talking to my bretheren at O'Charlie's. We are intersted in getting into the "e" game here at 99. We may see some financial advantage to combining our O'Charlie's enterprise resources.
I happened to see on a fellow Spartan's page that you are a past Executive Director of Les Gourmets. I am going into my senior year at MSU and will be Director of Heart of House for this year's event. Les Gourmets has been one of the highlights of my time here and it's good to hear that the past board members have such fond memories of the event. Maybe we'll see you back for 2009??? Also, Dr. Elsworth has pointed me in the direction of the School of Hospitality Business group.
Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.
Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.
Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.
Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."
Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.