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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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Leonard J. Backer
President
16463 N.E. 33rd Avenue
North Miami Beach FL 33160
USA
phone: 305-409-9092
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Leonard J. Backer has over 28 years of extensive and successful Seating, Tables and Furniture Industry experience in all key areas. Mr. Backer has been directly involved in the design and development of 250+ seating and table collections. He specializes in Private Label Manufacturing, Sourcing, and Product Development expertise.

Mr. Backer provides aggressive Expert Witness and Litigation Support services to attorneys, insurers and businesses for Plaintiff or Defense. He performs site inspections, detailed product reviews and incident analyses. He has worked with law firms and insurance companies to develop and coordinate strategies for various types of legal actions and lawsuits. Very strong hospitality background.

Mr. Backer has extensive experience with hotel, restaurant, cruise ship, retail store and senior living incidents. Personal Injury and Product Liability Cases. He provides detailed analyses, written opinions, and expert witness reports for clients throughout the U.S. Strong proven deposition and court testimony.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Furniture Based Disputes, Claims, or Legal Actions
  • Chair Failures
  • Seating Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Purchasing Disputes
  • Seating Product Design / Performance Issues
  • Design Knockoffs
  • Sales Rep. Commission Disputes
  • Designer Royalties
  • Exclusive Distribution Agreements
  • Product Evaluation
  • Warranty Issues
  • Product Launch Failures
  • Private Label Development Agreements
  • Evaluation of Management Performance
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    3/27/2017 · Manufacturing
    Having worked with attorneys in over 40 injury cases related to chairs (wood, metal, fully upholstered, plastic, aluminum, swivel, fixed mounted, outdoor), dining tables, occasional tables, bar stools, booths and banquettes; I felt the need to try and "clear the air" and save substantial time and resources for both plaintiff and defense sides moving forward.

    6/4/2015 · Design
    Basic but very important points which could help minimize owners' liability and financial exposure to accident and personal injury claims on their premises.

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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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    Joel Feigenheimer, PhD
    Hospitality / Restaurant Consultant
    Hollywood FL USA
    phone: 561-212-0206
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    Joel Feigenheimer, PhD is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience related to the Restaurant and Hospitality field. A graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, he holds an MBA in Hospitality and a PhD in Business from Northcentral University (attained 2018). Dr. Feigenheimer has been named the National Association of Concessionaires Eminent Scholar at The Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University.

    For the past three decades, Dr. Feigenheimer has served as both an entrepreneur and director for an International restaurant firm. He has corporate, independent, and franchise restaurant experience. Over his career he has consulted on three continents, excelled in the corporate environment, been a successful entrepreneur, and met thousands of industry leaders.

    Currently on the faculty at Florida International University, he teaches Restaurant and Hospitality Management to tomorrow's hospitality leaders. His courses include Purchasing and Menu Planning, Concepts of Food and Beverage, Sustainability, Cost Control, Introductory Management Concepts, and Project Management, among others.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Feigenheimer provides nationwide expert testimony relating to Food Service and Hospitality Operations. He has direct experience not only as a "legal expert" but also as an operational expert. This enables him to explain cases in a manner that juries understand, easy going yet direct and effective. Dr. Feigenheimer's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contractual Obligations
    • Restaurant Lease Issues
    • Restaurant Employee Concerns
    • Food Safety
    • Vendor Disputes
  • Hospitality Business Law
  • Food Service Management
  • Operator Liability
  • Liquor Liability / Dram Shop
  • Slip and Fall
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