Counselors to America's Small Business
Long Time SCORE mentor. Over 40 years of restaurant experience both entrepreneurial and corporate in all aspects of the food service industry.. My experience includes Fast Food, Fine Dining, Stadium Concessions, Japanese, Steakhouses, Quick Serve Restaurants, Coffee Shops Pizza and Diners. Particularly experienced in Business Plans, Start Ups and Buy/Sell Business.
Experienced in:Business Operations in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industries.
Start Ups, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Major Restaurant Chains, Fast Food, Quick Serve, Liquor Bars, Wine Bars,Beer Bars and Bar and Grill
In addition, many other aspects of the food service Industry including Catering
Expert in writing Business Plans, Operation Control & Analysis, Startups, Food and Beverage Control, Systems, Operating Procedures and Financial Analysis.
Developed the Business Viability Program (BVP). This program determines the viability of prospective new and existing businesses.
Created the Business Financial Program (BFP). A program designed to create the financial data for a business plan.
Originated and implemented computerized hourly labor cost containment systems and controls.
Specific computer/software development and application experience in demographic analysis, Pro-Forma P&L's, Business Plan development, menu creation, recipe development, food and beverage purchasing and inventory control.
Developed computer/software program applications for Budgets, Cash flows, Pro-forma P & L’s, Other financial tools for operations analysis.
Developed and written operations manuals and procedures and has developed and implemented detailed cost controls for food and beverage.
Attended the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from New York University, New York, N.Y.
International Trade Exporting and Importing Expert. Involved in every facet of International Trade (Exporting & Importing), commencing his career with the Quaker Oats Company. The areas of responsibility included a myriad of marketing & sales activities in South & Central Latin America, Caribbean Islands, Europe, the Middle East and Pacific Rim countries, in product lines as diverse as bakery flour, animal & poultry feeds and a broad line of grocery products. The activities encompassed the identification and selection of distributors in each of the overseas markets; the development and implementation of marketing programs to achieve sales goals in each market; and lastly to identify opportunities for new product entries for suitable markets. Hal was involved in the development and implementation of a corporate policy to maximize export sales to the extent that would justify the creation of wholly owned manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in selected markets. Hal retired from Quaker as Vice President- International Operations, responsible for the direction of management activities of four wholly owned overseas subsidiaries in addition to the remaining export business. Upon retirement Quaker, Hal became a consultant to and eventually employed by the Ekco Housewares Company, the foremost US manufacturer of household kitchen utensils. While Ekco was already somewhat involved in exporting to Latin America, in the five year stint in which Hal directed their export activity, he was instrumental in expanding the distribution chain to all of the Middle East and Pacific Rim markets, thus increasing sales many times over. Ekco was acquired by a European company and the export function was transferred to the corporate headquarters of the acquiring company. Hal returned to consulting activities and became affiliated with Edward Don & Co., a major distributor to the hospitality industry. Don was anxious to become involved in exporting and importing and Hal was instrumental in developing an efficient International Division that developed a distribution chain throughout Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. For personal reasons Hal relocated to Dallas and early in 1989 participated in the formation of the International Trade Center where he continues to counsel companies and individuals in all facets of exporting and importing. Since the advent of 9/11, the logistics of International Trade has changed immensely and Hal has become proficient in compliance with the multitude of new Export Administration Regulations and US Customs regulations including, but not limited to classification, Harmonized Tariff System, FDA inspection and labeling requirements , NAFTA/CAFTA requirements. Hal is also knowledgeable of all various forms of export financing, including Letters of Credit; Exim Bank financing,. Export, Import, exporting, importing, international trade, South America, Central America, Caribbean,, Europe, Middle East, MENA, Pacific rim, documentation, bills of lading, drafts , marine insurance, overseas subsidiaries, classification shipping, NAFTA, CAFTA, Letters of Credit Export Import. Lastly as a consultant Hal has guided many clients through the complexities of US Customs import procedures importing product from worldwide sources.
Expert in START UP Franchising. Award-winning Entrepreneur with a proven record of driving aggressive business growth and assertively managing personnel and projects to achieve groundbreaking success. Innovative, creative leader who inspires teams to work to their greatest potential. Skilled in cultivating strong business partnerships and establishing brand awareness and recognition.
I have been in the franchise industry for over 18 years. First as an owner and operator, operating as a Regional Developer multi-unit Franchise Owner for 11 years in 2 franchise systems, with locations in two large metropolitan cities. My specialty was in the areas of operations and profitability. Then as a Franchise Coach/Consultant.
9+ years as a Franchise Coach/Consultant, specializing in the process of; due diligence/investigating a franchise, understanding and negotiating the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and Franchise Agreement, Validation Process of franchise systems and their current franchisees to ensure client success and profitability, helping clients secure funding and favorable lease negotiations.
I have appeared in several local and national publications such as USA Today, Business First, Franchise Update, and The Courier Journal for the innovative way I ran my franchises.
In addition to my business ownership and Franchise Coach/Consultant experience, I have an 18 year span in the banking industry that includes work a large Commercial Bank, The Federal Reserve Bank and the SBA. I hold a Bachelor degree in Business.
I am a past Program Chair appointee to the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) where I focused on educating women business owners on best business practices. Franchising, Real Estate, Banking, Business Ownership.
BA Business Administration
Real Estate License
34+ years as an Entrepreneur
Hi, I'm Ryan. I have 5 years of business banking experience; 8 years of adjunct teaching in higher education in marketing, finance, innovation, and entrepreneurship; nearly 3 years of food manufacturing in quality control; and 10 years of self-employment as a business advisor for small business owners and micro-business owners.
MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management
BS from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay
40+ years in food distribution and manufacturing business.
Retired division president of US Foods.
Currently, have an LLC with one client, a group of food companies.
Business Plan development
Marketing/sales & administrative best practices
New business/project start ups
Pro forma budgeting and financial analysis.
MBA, Finance and Marketing, Keller Graduate School Chicago, IL; BA, English, Wheaton College Wheaton, IL