David Rutecki's career spans 39 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, garnering the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations. Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in 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.
Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in the United States. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Areas of Expertise:
realEats Consulting began as a resource website (www.realeats.org) for Florida International University, to acclimate students with the “green” supply chain and sustainability concepts. This resource site highlights over 400 “green” vendors offering thousands of “real” products.
realEats Consulting is focused on improving the operational performance of restaurants, hotels, and resorts. They specialize in providing a wide array of services for both corporate and independent operators including:
Creating Sustainable Food and Beverage Programs
Creating Sustainable Business Solutions
New or Updated Training
realEats founder, Dr. Joel Feigenheimer, is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience related to the Restaurant and Hospitality field. He has spent a career developing relationships with industry associates around the globe. His “six degrees of separation” include executives with specialties in every area of hospitality. Over his career he has consulted on three continents, excelled in the corporate environment, been a successful entrepreneur, and met thousands of industry leaders. Now, as a full time educator at Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality, he has chosen “the best in the World” to join the realEats consulting team.
Perry Group International, founded in 1985, provides consulting, interim hotel management and restaurant and hospitality expert services for lodging, food services, resorts, and nightclubs. Their group does work nationally and internationally with new startup, profitable, and under-performing and distressed hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, retail and mixed-use real estate.
The professionals at Perry Group International serve as third-party asset manager, owners representative, and advisor, for investors and owners. They also act as court appointed receivers and interim hospitality managers for lenders, operators, and their legal and real estate professionals. Clients have included Biscuits & Blues, Cantina’s, Chevy’s, Choice Hotels, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, Hilton, Holiday Inns, Hooter’s Casino, Hyatt, Marriott, McDonald’s, Microtel Inn & Suites, Outback Restaurants, Radisson, Residence Inns, Signature Resort, Sizzler, Sonic Drive-Ins, Starbucks, Starwood, Sheraton, Togo’s, Wendy’s, and Willie Mays Skybox Lounge among others.
Hospitality Management Consulting:
Interim Hotel Management
Temporary General Manager
Short Term Corporate Manager
Hotel Asset Manager
Hotel Restaurant Nightclub Consulting:
Acquisition and Disposition Due Diligence
Financial Evaluation and Income Impact
Planning, Market Analysis, Feasibility
Operations and Internal Review
Pre-opening / Post-opening Technical Support
Workouts, Restructuring and Repositioning
Court Appointed Receiver
Dennis Gemberling, CHA, CFBE, FMP, FCSI, President and Founder of Perry Group International, has over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality Management industry. His experience includes managing, operating, and consulting on full-service, limited-service, extended-stay, all-suite, condo and timeshare hotels and resorts, casual, fine-dining, and quick-service restaurants, bars and nightclubs, special event facilities, casinos, and mixed-use real estate.
Mr. Gemberling has held prior positions for different owners, operators, and chains as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Director of Food & Beverage, and Restaurant Unit Manager. He has been retained for over 400 projects with typical values in the $1 million to $75 million range and revenues in the $1 million to $100 million range both nationally and internationally.
Maurice Robinson, ISHC, CRE, ASA, is an expert in the field of hotel and resort consulting. He has been facilitating the development and redevelopment of high-end, full-service hotels and resorts for over 30 years.
Additionally, Mr. Robinson has been providing litigation support services, strategic advisory services, hotel repositioning, market feasibility studies, and appraising hotels and other hospitality-related real estate. His expertise includes advising clients on development planning, deal structuring and financial issues, dispute resolution, workouts, and expert witness testimony related to hotel and resort development and investment.
Qualified Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
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.
Keystone Hospitality Solutions(KHS) provides full service Restaurant Consulting, from concept development through launch. For the past 32 years, KHS has worked with an extensive network of industry professionals that they bring to each project. Their goal with every project is to fully commit their expertise to support the vision and success of their clients.
Business Plans: Create and Review
Branding and Marketing: Comprehensive plan and strategies
Menu Development: Recipes, costing and presentation
Site Selection: Location research and lease negotiations
Staff Training: Staff hiring, training, handbooks and scheduling
Facility Design: Work with architect, kitchen designer and contractor
Financial Setup: Capital budget, income/profit projections
Investment Strategies: Investment offerings
Technology: Latest technology for operations and profitability
Executive Coaching: One on one leadership coaching
Resources and Networking
Expert Witness Services
Alan Someck’s 42 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry as an owner, operator, consultant, and teacher has given him the in depth practical knowledge to provide highly professional and thorough expert witness reports, depositions and testimony. For the past 14 years, he has been a full time Management Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Management at the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Someck has had 25 years of experience as a full time operator in fine dining and fast casual restaurants. Through his active consulting firm, Keystone Hospitality Solutions, he has helped develop a wide variety of restaurant concepts ranging from cafes to full service restaurants, and worked as a food service operations analyst for organizations such as the U.S. State Department, U.S. Patent Office, and the F.A.A.
Mr. Someck has organized and presented at workshops, conferences, and training programs for the New York State Restaurant Association, and has been a national keynote speaker and author of hospitality related business articles on hospitality management strategies, food service operations, and franchising. He has been featured in a variety of industry media publications such as Forbes.com and Full Service Restaurant Magazine. Mr. Someck is also a Nationally Certified Trainer in ServSafe Food Safety and ServSafe Alcohol.
Owners can potentially lose their liquor license, their business and face significant financial loss if an intoxicated guest endangers themselves, another guest or staff member or someone out in public if they get into an accident while driving away from the restaurant.
Every year industry professionals and thought leaders and every food related newsletter puts out their list of trends. It’s important to pay attention to those lists because even though they don’t always agree, any industry operator can assess from them an idea of what trends they should be paying attention to and provide themselves some competitive edge in a highly risky industry
There has been a flood of allegations and admissions to sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. It’s been clear to many that incidents of this nature have been occurring for a very long time in a wide variety of ways. A spark was needed to bring the issue into the spotlight and the calling out of high profile industry leaders became that catalyst.
For owners to successfully manage this difficult environment, they must operate at a very high and professional level and become proactive in addressing the threats to their business. In terms of preventing and managing accidents, this means developing and implementing a system of safeguards that minimize exposure
Gary Deel, Ph.D., J.D. has 10 years of experience in executive-level positions in the hospitality industry and 10 years of experience teaching hospitality management and law curriculum for some of the nation's top hotel schools.
Dr. Deel holds both a Ph.D. in Hospitality and a J.D. in Law, so he understands the nuances of expert witness testimony from the perspective of attorney strategy. He has also worked in a variety of different hospitality industry capacities including operations, sales, security and risk management, training and administration, and others. His services are available to help attorneys make the strongest possible arguments for clients in hospitality-related cases. Dr. Deel offers expert witness services nationwide in the areas of:
Travel and Tourism
Meetings and Events
Suit against Miami beach resort involving catastrophic injury in the ocean and hotel duty to warn about latent hazards known to hotel and not obvious to visitors (plaintiff).
Suit against Orlando city center convention hotel involving sexual assault of a minor guest by an employee and hotel duty to monitor employee whereabouts and activities (plaintiff).
Preston Rideout is a highly sought-after Nightclub and Bar Consultant with 25 years of experience and 75 Alcohol Safety Certifications. As CEO of Rideout Hospitality, he provides consulting to Hotels, Casinos, Resorts, Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Bars. As Founder of The Dram Shop Experts, Preston Rideout provides alcohol-related expert witness testimony for Restaurant, Nightclub, and Bar lawsuits.
His comprehensive nightlife knowledge provides powerful insight into responsible alcohol service and industry-standard bar operations. For these reasons, Preston Rideout is the legal industry's leading nightclub and bar expert.
Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi, Preston Rideout relocated to Las Vegas to operate Coyote Ugly, Tangerine Nightclub, Pure Nightclub, PCD l Louge, Audigier Nightclub, LAX Nightclub, Noir Bar, EVE Nightclub, Venus, and Rehab Pool Party, located inside New York Casino, Treasure Island Casino, Ceasar's Palace, The Luxor, Aria Casino, and The Hard Rock Hotel.
In 2010, Preston launched Rideout Hospitality and began consulting for Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Bars across the United States.
In 2016, Preston Rideout and Ryan Dahlstrom published a Bartender Training Manual and received over 100,000 downloads. To date, The Bar Experts Bartender Training Manual is the most downloaded document in the Hospitality Industry.