Panelist Orlando Espinosa President & COO
Orlando brings over 40 years of architectural, interior and foodservice design experience to the table. He has been responsible for the programming, design, implementation and startup of some of the most unique and complex foodservice facilities both nationally and internationally.
Orlando is an industry leader in the design of facilities within the education, sports and entertainment, corporate and healthcare market segments. Some of his projects include Camden Towers, Cerner, Erie Insurance, Texas A&M University, University of North Texas, and various Olympic venues.
Prior to joining Cini-Little, he founded his own foodservice design consulting firm. He was Vice President of Design for Aramark Corporation, and managed a staff of over 100 designers through its in-house design division, handling over $300 million in projects.
Karen has worked in and with multiple facets of the foodservice industry during her 40-year foodservice career. Her work is primarily focused on concept development, business planning and strategy, and menu and product development. Without a firm concept in place, followed by a business plan that will assure successful execution of the concept, and with a menu from which all design and systems will flow, an operator will potentially spend unnecessary money and experience failure. The core principle of integrated elements from idea to implementation to create a harmonious, logical and financially successful operation is a key principle that guides the work of Culinary Options. In 2004 Karen received the FCSI Award for Excellence in Management Advisory Services for her work with Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria. In 2007, she received the FCSI Service Award for her contributions to the Society and the 2012 Top Achiever-Consultant Award from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies. She has worked in multiple commercial and non-commercial segments throughout her career, most recently to include a major hotel chain as well as innovative retirement community foodservice.