John Alexander
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Director of Sales
National Restaurant Association Solutons LLC
Consulting, Making Friends, Networking, Career Advancement, Gaining Knowledge
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.

A view down the lane - Scottish Highlands

Cow you doing?

Two old gents enjoying a wee cuppa tea.

Contemplation - St. Andrews, Scotland

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Impact of the current economy on Training

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 2:23pm 1 Comment

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

The Power of Teddy Bears

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 9:39am 13 Comments

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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At 11:13am on March 6, 2009, Craig Priebe said…
Hi John
Today is the Deadline!
Here's an opportunity- won't take but a moment and it's fun...
- go here-
-and vote for #F06 Cherry Almond Truffles - vote only once and pass it on to all of your friends
I am a finalist in a big video recipe contest and I need your votes to win
deadline is Friday March 6
Craig Priebe
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At 4:00pm on October 7, 2008,
Jon Eric Sooy
Hi John,
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!
At 11:26am on July 17, 2008,
Jim Sullivan
Hey John, hope you're having a great summer! Wanted to check in and say hey!
At 5:40am on June 30, 2008, Greg Witmer said…
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.
At 8:58am on June 27, 2008, Wendi Scarborough said…
John, Thanks for the welcome. I am planning on being at the Conference in DC this year. See you there.
At 1:18pm on June 13, 2008, Malachy said…
Hi John...

We are one of the top service co and parts distributors in NJ/NY...

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At 10:53am on June 10, 2008, Sam said…
Check out our new game

let me know what you think and pass it on to your friends.
At 8:46pm on May 17, 2008, The Tortilla Guy said…
John Great seeing you at the show !!! I look forward to chatting with you some more !!! Stop by the booth and have a nosh tomorrow
At 9:03am on May 12, 2008, Donna Rynda said…
Thanks for the "welcome" message! Looking forward to seeing you again in just a few days at the NRA SHOW.

Loved your Teddy Bears idea for the Minneapolis Conference; only wish that I could have attended. Instead, I'll see you in August in D.C.

You suggested that I join the CHART Training Group -- how do I do that?

At 3:10pm on May 5, 2008, Stephanie Lamerato said…
Hi Mr. Alexander,

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.

Stephanie Lamerato




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