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Chris Tripoli
President
14125 Memorial Drive, Suite 104
Houston TX 77079
USA
phone: 281-293-0077
fax: 281-497-1185
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For over 15 years A'LaCarte Foodservice Consulting Group (A'LaCarte) has been providing operations and growth related consulting to Restaurants, Hotels, Convention Centers, Casinos, Country Clubs, Stadiums and Airports. A'LaCarte has successfully completed projects for start-ups, independent restaurant companies and large multi-unit chains. They have consulted on concept development operations, and growth related matters with a variety of chains (franchisors and franchisees) and independent operators.

Chris Tripoli has over 35 years experience in the Hospitality industry as a Designer, Developer, Owner and Operator. He has provided research and opinions on a variety of legal issues facing the hospitality industry. Mr. Tripoli has written for Food Service News, My Table Magazine, Restaurant Start-up and Growth and has been featured in various other trade publications. He lectures at the Art Institute and teaches courses in opening restaurants and proper growth strategies at the Small Business Development Center of the University of Houston.

Services Include:
  • Concept Development
  • Finance Planning (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Business Valuations
  • Operations (Policies and Procedures)
  • Management and Staff Handling (Labor Related)
  • Safety, Sanitation and Food Handling
  • Franchise Development and Field Services
  • 8/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You can't be too selective in picking your starting lineup. On the other hand, it is a time-consuming process. You need to be careful. You need to be efficient. It's a tricky dance. And to find a starting team of top performers you need to meet a lot of prospects.

    7/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Peter Fernandez, and his family, own a small Japanese restaurant-sushi bar in South San Francisco. He and his wife are very busy keeping up with all that is needed to support the operation of this 70 seat full service, 6 day a week restaurant.

    7/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Most everyone has heard the old saying, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." For restaurant owners, planning can sometimes be a tricky proposition. There is the long-term plan, the annual plan, management plan, marketing plan and so on. And after we complete a reasonable plan, our real challenge becomes executing it successfully.

    6/24/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Editor's note: As you execute your plans to open your second, third or subsequent unit, you'll find that not only your business model will change, but your role as owner will change, as well.Your hands-on style,overseeing every shift and on top of every detail of the business may have brought you great success when you were operating a single unit, however, that approach can quickly turn into a liability when you open a second place.

    5/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    When first planning to open your restaurant, your goal is to get open, your strategy is to get open and all support tactics involve getting open.

    4/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You cannot operate a successful restaurant without both good management and good leadership, even if it has to be provided by the man or woman in the mirror: you.

    3/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    From my years of opening my own restaurants and those of my clients, here are 10 factors that often contribute the most to the ultimate success or failure of any new restaurant.

    2/20/2013 · Food & Beverage
    As I walked into my client's restaurant that was one week from opening, I found myself stepping over a man installing the marble floor entry, dodging the delivery people bringing supplies to the bar, and watching the painter touch up a wall while someone else reached around him to hang up the artwork.

    12/13/2012 · Food & Beverage
    When looking to open your restaurant, most people will emphasize the importance of three things: location, location, location. Once you have opened, everyone will tell you that the three things you need to master to succeed are numbers, numbers, numbers.

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    Roger W. Chappell
    104 Clear Ridge Cove
    Georgetown TEXAS (TX) 78628
    USA
    phone: 281-793-3455
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    Roger Chappell Security Expert PhotoRoger W. Chappell, has over 25 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Security industry. His experience allows him to assist attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in determining whether or not minimum industry standards were met regarding premises liability. Additionally, he has a vast array of experience in criminal investigations.

    Mr. Chappell has been summoned to testify as an Expert Witness in Texas District Courts on more than 20 occasions involving the following matters:
    • Premises Security Adequacy
    • Murder
    • Capital Murder
    • Felony Murder of a Police Officer
    • Aggravated Robbery
    Experience - Mr. Chappell is a 9 year Marine Corps Veteran and 22 year retired police supervisor in Houston, Texas. He is also a former corporate security manager, police crime prevention specialist, detective supervisor, police training manager, and internal affairs sergeant. Mr. Chappell coordinated numerous security related functions at hotels, bars and night clubs, and apartments. He has handled large events during the Super Bowl, MLB All Stars, and NCAA Final Four events. He was also a hostage negotiator for over 12 years responsible for the safe resolution to highly stressful and violent events.

    Education / Training: Roger Chappell has a masters degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University. He has over 3,000 hours of training relating to active shooter, homicide investigations, kidnappings, interviewing and interrogation, crime scene process, and mental health issues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Security Guards Negligence
    • Bar & Nightclub Bouncers Issues
    • Use of Force
    • Investigations and Surveillance
    • Detention and Arrest by Security / Non-Security Personnel
  • Premises Security Issues / Adequacy
  • Security Management
  • Police Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace Violence Issues
  • Unlicensed Security Activity
  • State and Local Regulatory Compliance
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    7/7/2015 · Security
    A report of shots fired at the Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. brought a huge response from law enforcement from all areas. The response was immediate and overwhelming. As it turns out, the report was false. The incident remains under investigation at the time of this writing.

    5/26/2015 · Security
    Coordinating security for corporate offices, hotels, apartments, convenience stores, and just about every other possible location can have its challenges. Coordinating security at major events, however, is especially challenging. This article will focus on some of the challenges I faced when coordinating security for several events and locations in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Not long after I promoted to sergeant, I was training in a patrol division. I was riding with another sergeant when we received a call from two patrol officers. They were at an apartment complex and had chased a male into an apartment. They requested a supervisor go by with them. So, as part of my training, we went.

    I have read a number of books, studies, and court cases in my career to support the fact that eyewitness identification, by itself, is never sufficient enough to send a person to prison. This is not news. Over the past 20 years, more and more people are being exonerated for violent crimes due to DNA . This article is not to rehash old arguments. Instead, it is more of a reminder to investigators everywhere to not finalize a case, charge a person, and send them to prison based solely on an eyewitness' identification.

    3/26/2015 · Law Enforcement
    During my 22-year law enforcement career, I became involved in countless situations in which I personally dealt with people in mental health crisis. My first incident involved a Hispanic male armed with a pistol. I learned a significant amount from that single incident: so much, in fact, that I made the decision to join the Houston Police Department's Hostage Negotiation Team. The techniques I have learned over the years can be applicable to almost anyone, at any time, in just about any situation. In the following paragraphs, I will recount a few incidents in which I was involved and discuss the techniques used to end each the situation safely. Understand that this is not a specific "how-to guide" that may be applied to every situation. Instead, the use of these techniques will simply allow a person that becomes aware of a certain situation - to be able to attempt to stabilize the incident prior to first responders' arrival.

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    J.M. Design Group
    Jeffrey Melton
    Principal
    Manteca CA 95337
    USA
    phone: 707-889-8246 or M: 209-639-7782
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    Food Service & Restaurant Design Consultant. I have been involved in the design of restaurants and commercial kitchens for over 10 years. I have personally designed over 125 restaurants including front of house and back kitchen design, including project management. I have a B.A. in interior design. I have worked on projects throughout the United States and Phillipines, and Honduras.

    Over the last 2 years I have owned my own company which has provided complete construction drawings for over 30 restaurants ranging from 1,500 sq. ft. to over 3,000 sq. ft. I have also been retained by architects and business owners to provide coordination drawings for commercial kitchen design for over 35 projects ranging in size from 1,000 sq. ft to 5,000 sq. ft. I have also worked on franchise restaurant projects for McDonalds, Chevy's Mexican Restaurant, Jamba Juice, Tahoe Joe's, Taxi's Hamburgers.
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    Straightline Advisors
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort with 43-years experience in the business. He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.

    Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA-Finance, Bloch School of Management (University of Missouri in Kansas City); BS-Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hotel Administration (University of Nevada in Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

    Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Advisors, provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, Resort Timesharing, Fractionals, Condo Hotels, Casinos, Spas, and Recreational Real Estate. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and in need of fundamental change, or in any situation where disputes have arisen among the parties.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Advisory & Expert Services:
    • Project Concept Development
    • Project Amenity Programming
    • Strategy Development
    • Project Predevelopment Matters
    • Project Management Issues
    • Acquisition of Financing
    • Repositioning and Expansion Strategies
    • Due Diligence for Property Acquisitions
    • Management of Property Dispositions
    • Investment / Financing Package Development
  • Lost Profits Calculation & Business Interruption Impacts
  • Retail Pricing Analysis
  • Absorption Forecasting
  • Brand/System Affiliation Studies and Negotiations
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Disputes Between Partners
  • Management / Marketing Company Search and Negotiations
  • Operational Reviews or Audits
  • Marketing Program Assessments
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    Maurice Robinson, ISHC, CRE, ASA
    President
    28 Dover Place
    Manhattan Beach CA 90266
    USA
    phone: 310-640-9656
    fax: 310-640-9276
    Qualfied Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
    • Market, economic & financial feasibility
    • Valuation
    • Disputes between owner-operator, borrower-lender, franchisor-franchisee
    • Management contracts
    • Ground & building leases
    • Partnership & JV agreements
    • Concession contracts
    • Development agreements and loan documents
    • Expert witness testimony
    • Litigation strategy, consultation and support
    • Damage calculations
    • Lost profits analysis
    • Real estate appraisals
    • Deal structuring & workouts
    • New development
    • Strategic planning
    • Market demand assessment
    • Acquisition due diligence
    • Economic, financial & investment analysis
    • Can estimate damages and appraise property values under multiple scenarios
    • Trained Arbitrator & Mediator


    Winner of the Creative Counselor of the Year for appraising the Grand Canyon.
    Recently, we were engaged by the National Park Service (NPS) to appraise the structures and other improvements that have been constructed by commercial vendors or "concessionaires" operating hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services in National Parks.

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    Robert Gardner
    590 W. Main St., Suite 101
    Santa Paula CA 93060
    USA
    phone: 805-659-4294
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    *Serving California, Nevada and Arizona Exclusively

    Sacramento Office:
    1104 Corporate Way
    Sacramento, CA 95831
    T: (916) 668-6026
    Arizona Office:
    6619 N. Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    T: (480) 347-0211
    Nevada Office:
    2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 102
    Las Vegas, NV 89128
    T: (702) 733-8711


    Providing Expert Assistance in Case Evaluation, Investigation, Preparation and Testimony for matters involving:
  • Guard / Bouncer / Investigator Conduct
  • Use of Force
  • Detention & Arrest
  • Premises Security Issues
  • Security Adequacy Assessment
  • Crime Prevention Theory
  • Building & Site Security Design
  • Workplace Violence Issues
  • Unlicensed Security Activity
  • State & Local Regulatory Compliance
  • Robert A. Gardner, CPP is a "Board Certified" Security Management Professional with multi-state security consultant, private patrol and private investigator "Qualified Manager" licenses. His background includes more than 40 years of training and "hands on" experience in evaluating, developing, and managing security and crime prevention programs. For 25 of those years he served as both a private sector security professional and a public sector Peace Officer.

    He has been retained on more than 280 occasions and has qualified and testified as a security expert in United States District Court and in various California, Arizona, Nevada, and South Dakota State Courts.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conduct, Operational Policies, Standards & Procedures, Licensing Requirements and Unlicensed Practices involving Private Patrol Companies, Private Investigators, Security Consultants, Contract and In-House Security Officers, Retail Loss Prevention Agents, Bouncers, Bodyguards, Security Expert Witnesses and other security related personnel.
    • Premises Security Adequacy & Negligence, Building & Site Design for Security, Security and Crime Prevention Standards and Practices in Apartments, Hotels, Bars, Nightclubs, Casinos, Retail Stores& Centers, Office Buildings, Parking and Special Use Facilities.
    • Small Airport and General Aviation Security, Protection of Airport Property, Employees, Tenants and Guests.
    4/27/2012 · Security
    Suggestions for effectively selecting and utilizing qualified security experts both inside and outside the courtroom.

    It may be the most important Latin phrase you never learned in law school. It won't help you win a case but it could save your life. Obfirmo ianua roughly translates as "Lock the door."

    6/8/2011 · Security
    No home can be totally immune to the threat of crime. But, prior planning and common sense precautions can significantly reduce the risk.

    3/22/2011 · Security
    Crime will kill a business district. Fortunately there is a planning tool that can both prevent crime and increase the perception of safety.

    2/23/2011 · Security
    Establishing liability in crime victimization cases can be a challenge. Often the issues involved center on questions of "duty to protect" and "adequacy of security measures."

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    Restaurant and Hospitality Expert
    941 Kanuga Rd
    Hendersonville NC 28739
    USA
    phone: 561-309-2298
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    David Rutecki's career spans 35 years of Restaurant and Hospitality related experience. Working in more than 20 restaurants and involved in the opening of more than a dozen, he has worked every position possible within this industry.

    Mr. Rutecki currently owns and operates Mountain Deli in Hendersonville, recently garnering the 2016 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations.

    Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in the opening of the following selected restaurants:
    • Fancy’s Food and Wine, Gourmet Shop, Coral Gables, South Miami & Grove Isle, Fl.
    • Susie’s Bagels, Breakfast Restaurant, South Miami, Fl.
    • Pizzaria Uno, Full Service Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Baystreet, Full Service Seafood Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Rusty Pelican, Upscale Seafood, Key Biscayne, Miami, Fl.
    • Gatsby’s, Upscale Billiards and Cigar Bar, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Maxwell’s Chophouse, Upscale Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Mountain Deli, Delicatessen, Downtown Hendersonville, NC
    Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in Western North Carolina. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Restaurant and Kitchen Design, Menu Development
    • Food Safety and Sanitation
    • Bar Operations & Liquor Liability
    • Safety & Security - Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Concept Development & Restaurant Start Up, Partnership Issues
    • Daily Operations & Management, Employee & Staffing Issues
    • Retail Operations
    • Work Flow Planning
    • Staff & Mgmt Training Programs & Handbooks
    • Site Selection and Development
    • Business Plan Development
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    Skip Stearns
    Principal
    P.O. Box 113
    Stratham NH 03885
    USA
    phone: 603-778-0110
    fax: 603-778-0333
    Mr. Stearns leads a collection of highly experienced and specialized hotel and hospitality experts with offices in AZ, FL, LA, MA, ME and NH. THE HOTEL EXPERTS, LLC has provided hospitality consulting, litigation support and impartial expert witness research, reports and testimony for both plaintiffs and defendants who are individual litigants, hotel owners, hotel operators, franchisors and franchisees since 2002. THE HOTEL EXPERTS, LLC always endeavors to balance the specific resume attributes of its experts and their location with the strategic needs of each individual case in matters from contract or brand disputes and employment conduct to accounting and valuation, and safety and security issues including various personal injuries and wrongful deaths.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Operating Standards
  • Product Standards
  • Safety & Security Standards Emergency Procedures
  • Integrity Standards
  • Employee Qualifications & Hiring Practices
  • Standards for Training
  • Marketing Practices
  • Franchise Agreements & Management Contracts
  • Franchise Relations
  • Casino & Gaming Operations
  • Restaurants
  • Alcoholic Beverage Services
  • Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Valuation
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    Arthur M. Manask, FCSI, Founder and CEO
    Don J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP
    209 W. Alameda Ave.
    Ste. 103
    Burbank CA 91502
    USA
    phone: 818-557-0635
    fax: 818-563-3552
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    Manask & Associates has been North America's leading Food and Beverage and Gift Shop / Retail Earned Income consultants to the hospitality industry for over 20-years.

    Litigation Support - With a coast-to-coast team of expert consultants and services, Manask & Associates has extensive experience representing plaintiff and defendants as expert witnesses for any food / beverage / foodservice operational or service areas.

    Menu of Expert Services:
    • Food and Beverage Profitability / Cost Controls
    • Operator Selection (Contract Negotiations)
    • Self-Operating versus Outsourcing
    • Litigation Support/Expert Witness
    • Expansion / Renovation Programming, Planning
    • Market Research and Benchmarking
    • Customer / Guest Satisfaction
    • Customer Service Training
  • Back-of-House Training
  • Mystery Shopping
  • Food Safety / Sanitation Inspections / Compliance
  • Sustainable Food and Beverage Program
  • Catering Services, Banquets, Facility Rentals
  • Training, Systems and Procedures
  • Business Plans and Planning
  • Benchmarking and Industry Best Practices
  • Arthur Manask Foodservice Industry Expert PhotoArthur M. Manask, FCSI - Arthur M. Manask is founder and CEO of Manask & Associates, a consulting firm that provides management advisory services to cultural and other institutions that have in-house restaurant and catering services. Clients in the hospitality sphere include business and industry, restaurants, performing arts venues, attractions, colleges and schools. Other clients include museums, botanical gardens, historic homes, aquariums and zoos. The company services its clients from offices throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Manask has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. His experience includes 16 years as President and owner of his own foodservice management companies, 14 years experience in senior operating positions with two national foodservice organizations, and 16 years heading consultant firm Manask & Associates. His multi-unit operating experience includes corporate dining; school and college dining; leisure and recreational foodservices; museum restaurants/cafés; on-premise, off-premise and special event catering; commercial restaurants; and tablecloth dining. His clients include Amgen, Inc., City of Los Angeles the National Gallery of Art, RAND Corp, The Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the University of Central Missouri among others.

    Arthur Manask is a past chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association for 30 years and member of Society for Foodservice Management. He is also a former member of Young Presidents' Organization and current member of World President's Organization.

    Don Avalier Foodservice Management Expert PhotoDon J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP - Educated at UCLA, his professional experience includes positions as Vice President-Operations for Longchamp's, Inc. of New York, Area Director of Food and Beverage for Sheraton Corporation of America, Corporate Director-Food and Beverage for Princess Cruises Resorts and Hotels, and Corporate Director-Food and Beverage of American Golf Corporation. Don is a member of Food Consultants Society International (FCSI), the California Restaurant Association and one of a limited number of Foodservice Management Professionals (FMP) accredited by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.

    Mr. Avalier began working with Manask & Associates in 2000 after more than 25 years of operational experience opening and operating more than 71 restaurants, nine hotels and six country clubs. He has been providing management advisory consulting services to restaurants, casinos, golf and country clubs, hotels and other foodservice operations for over 18 years. Accepted by the courts as an "industry expert", Mr. Avalier also provides litigation support to attorneys with expert witness support and consulting services. Some of his client projects include, but are not limited to: Indian Ridge Country Club, Moon Valley Country Club, North Ranch Country Club, King's Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery, Coco's Johnny Rockets, City Wok, Maple Drive Restaurant, Spirit Mountain Casino, The Venetian Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel, Commerce Casino, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Doubletree Club Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Premier Hotels among others
    Arthur M. Manask, FCSI, et al
    This book is unique in making available the detailed, highly practical results and recommendations of real-world studies of foodservices and facility rental operations in some of the world's leading museums, galleries and cultural institutions. This range of studies focuses on the challenges most frequently encountered as museums and cultural institutions strive to manage efficient and profitable catering services.
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    Jerry Wyatt
    Post Office Box #3446
    Houston TX 77253-3446
    USA
    phone: 281-361-9826 or 713-444-0893 (cell)
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    Jerry O. Wyatt, a licensed Security Consultant by the State of Texas, is the President and Owner of Wyatt Security Consultants, LLC (WSC). Mr. Wyatt's professional experience includes over 25 years of government service with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and 10 years as a Security Management Consultant for corporate and government clients.

    Mr. Wyatt's areas of expertise are: Arena/Concerts/Special Events; Aviation Security; Casino Security; Hospital Security; Hotel/Motel Security; Resort Security; Safety & Security; Security/Premise Liability; Security Consultation; Security Practices & Procedures; School Security.

    Wyatt Security Consultants, LLC (WSC) is a Risk and Crisis Management consulting company that provides world class business-centric solutions to operations and security risks posed by domestic and international acts of violence. WSC also provides proactive guidance and solutions for disruptions to operations caused by natural disasters. WSC offers consulting services that are proactive, cost efficient and have a "business-centric focus". WSC specializes in helping businesses develop and maintain work environments wherein employee and asset security contributes to maximizing growth and reducing risks.

    WSC Services Include:
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Security Vulnerability and Threat Assessment
  • Special Event Planning and Coordination
  • Forensic Consulting - Expert Witness
  • Business Continuity & Strategic Planning
  • Security Program Management
  • Asset and Employee Protection
  • Evaluation of Integrated Security Programs, Policies and Procedures
  • Evaluation of Staffing and Training Programs
  • Due Diligence Investigation
  • Media and Government Relations