The National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show has come and gone to much fanfare. From what I saw and read, the participation was phenomenal. We were able to bring our full consulting team from all of our offices and even made time to break some bread together. This year, I also participated in a panel discussion that explored unit economics and was moderated by Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital.Read more...
Restaurant sales showed solid growth in May. New study shows all consumer income groups devote about the same percentage of their day-to-day spending at restaurants. Prices consumers pay for food away from home continues to rise faster than food at home prices. Johnny Rocket’s opened their first drive thru location. The Ricker’s C-store chain has expanded their foodservice menu extensively. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.Read more...
Bill is chief executive officer of DM&A, a healthcare consulting firm. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the foodservice industry with an emphasis on healthcare.
Bill’s diverse work history includes culinary and managerial positions in airlines, restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes. He has been a system director for a multi-campus health system and foodservice director responsible for multi-location health systems, working for a major food management company. He also owned his own consulting company, focusing on the training of teams and addressing the specific needs of long-term care operations and regulatory preparedness.
Bill Klein: We are at a time in history where evolution of products, services and equipment are changing at a pace consistent with computers, phones, and software. It makes this industry highly stimulating and draws out creativity. This is a major driver for me.
Bill Klein: Yes, of my three beautiful daughters, one has expressed great interest in what I do and what the industry offers in career choices.
Bill Klein: My parents — I always knew they would visit me wherever I was stationed and because of that I strove to always maintain the best and cleanest operation so when they did visit, they would be proud.
Bill Klein: Dr. Carlton Green. He did something that no one else will ever replicate. He was given the impossible task to turn around UCLA medical center’s foodservice department that was in shambles and he did it in one year. He reversed a $6 million loss to an $11 million gain, and, most importantly, transformed 37 different cultures in the department into one, cohesive team, all focused on one goal-great patient and guest care and care for each other.
Bill Klein: I would be in financial planning — understanding the needs of people and matching them with the solution that will help them achieve their goals.
Bill Klein: Some one that shares my visions for product design and growth opportunities, outside the “comfort” zone that many people fall into.
Bill Klein: I was the King of Dishwashers!