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...
One of the younger members of the industry and yet already a veteran, Eric Norman decided to go the foodservice consultant route at the young age of 22, joining his father Ed Norman’s full-time at the family consulting business. Now as vice president of the firm Norman oversees a plethora of projects both locally and nationally, including many K-12 school foodservice jobs. Eric is an active member of FCSI, including having earned his FCSI professional designation and leading the next generation of consultants through the Association’s ICON group for emerging professionals. He has also contributed opinion articles and blog posts to FE&S in the past.
Eric Norman: I truthfully do not know what I would be doing if I were not involved in the foodservice industry. I have worked my entire adult life in foodservice in some capacity or another and I cannot see myself doing anything but this.
Eric Norman: The best part about travelling extensively for business is meeting people from all around the world and all walks of life. Airports, trains and hotels all provide great opportunities to meet other fascinating business travelers and learn about their life stories and careers. This interaction has also spawned some decent business contacts and leads on potential future projects.
Eric Norman: My first job in foodservice was working for Dairy Queen. I started at 14 cleaning the dining area and working the front counter. I eventually worked my way up to working drive thru, cooking and making ice cream cakes.
Eric Norman: I would absolutely still pursue a career in the foodservice industry. I take pride in my work and I love what I do. The best part about coming to work is the fact that no two days will ever be the same. I can be in the office designing a facility one day and flying across the country for a project meeting the next.
Eric Norman: Build a network! Go out and meet people and listen to what they have to say. Some of my best learning has come from the stories and experiences of others in the industry that have been around for many years.