Professionals Helping Professionals

Ignite’s Family First Career Networking Initiative

Ignite Creative Services started the Ignite's Family First Career Networking Initiative as an opportunity to use our network within the Food and Beverage Industry to help those impacted by COVID-19 find jobs.


MISSION
Our mission is to support friends, family and hardworking individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 by being a conduit that connects individuals looking for career opportunities with companies looking for talent.

WHY
This industry and all individuals within it have been affected in one way or another and we have confidence our support helps give purpose through all of this uncertainty. Personal and professional life are interconnected and as a result, this initiative is designed to breakthrough traditional boundaries and create new networking solutions to help get people back to work.

Along the way you/we may gain a new friend or colleague and if that’s all this does, we will feel comforted and accomplished in this effort. It takes a village and we can all support together. Join us in this effort to “Ignite the Opportunities” and create new paths for friends and family in our industry.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help us help others by using your network to get the word out. We are currently working with individuals looking for new roles as well as companies who are looking to fill roles.

In the interim, we have created a GoFundMe to help support with basic necessities and living expenses. This initiative continues to grow by the day, expanding nationally and surprising industry family with free support. Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated and we are putting 100% of your donation to good use.

Help us spread the word

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Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated and we are putting 100% of your donation to good use.

Examples:
A $50 donation can provide two days of groceries for 1 household

A $250 donation can provide groceries for an entire week for 1 household

A $1000 donation can provide help for 1 month

A $2000+ donation can help more than one household at a time

Find Your Next Rockstar

People Looking For a Job.
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F&B Marketing & Sales

A senior leader with broad experience in marketing, innovation, sales and operations across the hospitality industry. Demonstrated track record of producing business-driven growth programs from concept to execution. Strategic thinker with the ability to see the global picture and build for the future growth of the brand.

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I am an impactful communications leader with a knack for expanding company culture and building recognition, all while driving purpose and meaning into the organization I serve. With years of experience in external and internal communications, along with marketing, I have the ability to engage with numerous audiences to turn ideas into campaigns with great results. Thriving in fast paced, ever-changing environments, I am dedicated to helping brands get their story out there and noticed.

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I have worked in the hospitality industry for over 19 years, in multiple countries around the world. My current role is Senior Manager, Restaurant and Bar Activation and Innovation, The Americas, Marriott International.

My role consists of providing above property support for our restaurant and bars across Marriott International’s portfolio of luxury, premium and select service hotels in the Americas region. Key tasks involve working closely with the ownership and management of the hotel in assisting with restaurant and bar concept design and activation, including FF&E and OS&E guidance, menu development (with a strong focus on beverage), staff training, marketing guidance and ensuring it is in compliance with hotel brand standards.

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Proven, results-oriented sales producer with increasing levels of responsibility including leading a sales team. Twelve years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience developing effective partnerships, increasing my customer base, and demonstrating my ability to maximize account sales. With persistence and drive I am able to meet and exceed goals to support sales objectives and grow market share.

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Self-motivated and results- driven sales and leadership professional seeking a growing company to utilize my 10+ years of sales experience to maximize profit, find new sources of revenue and positive ways of working. Focused on customer service and getting the best out of people.

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Adept at leading development and execution of dynamic marketing, sales, and promotional campaigns spanning several states to achieve specific company and brand objectives. Specialization in spirits, beer, and wine industry. Considerable expertise in strategic planning, client relations, creative team leadership, merchandising, and live/participation marketing. Offer a strong blend of negotiation, critical thinking, and influencing, problem – solving, and multi-tasking skills. Successfully build, inspire, and lead unified teams to accomplish project goals in alignment with fiscal, timeline and quality criteria. Able to coordinate events from the ground up from staffing and products, to signage and regulatory compliance. Successfully managed over 15,000 on and off premises, military, special and experiential marketing events. Extremely well versed in multicultural (Hispanic, Asian, African American and LGBTQ) complexities, and committed to celebrating inclusion and diversity. Exceptional financial acumen including budget & revenue management, reporting, analysis, payroll, and ROI (return on investment) optimization.

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Accomplished Director with a strong portfolio of success contributing to account profitability and management as well as superior client satisfaction levels. Marketing and promotional background includes more than a decade of account management experience and a record of successful marketing campaigns, a history of managing complex jobs and multiple national accounts on tight timelines, and an extensive familiarity with the on-premise beverage industry.

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Dynamic and goal-oriented professional demonstrating talent across creative and communications channels. Demonstrated success in delivering above plan in sales and guest traffic. Strategic creative thinker leading successful company rebranding and creative brand refreshes. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to demonstrate a strong leadership role while motivating team members.

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Twenty plus years of broad experience in-depth sales and hospitality management. Extensive strength and experience in relationship building, creative sales techniques, fiscal accountability, negotiation, communication/presentation skills and flawless client experiences. Consistently exceeds profitability while building relationships.

Specialties: Key Account Management… Aggressive Inside and Outside Sales… Logistical Planning & Coordination… Contract Negotiation… Growing Relationships… Creative Site Inspections… Budget Tracking and Reporting… Billing… Staff Supervision… HAVING FUN!!!!

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Director of Sales – Professional results driven accounts, promotions, marketing, sales, ecommerce, and sponsorship director with strong background in digital, entertainment, live event execution, and non-profit organizations. Recognized as an effective and influential communicator, team leader, and director; building rapport with team (remote and in house) along with clients – focusing on achieving goals and milestones ahead of schedule. Proven record of increasing sales figures YOY.

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Dynamic business leader with extensive experience in all levels of leadership, relationship cultivation, sales, operations and supply chain management. Consistently combines high-level process collaboration, communication, technical knowhow, business analytics and inspirational engagement to achieve benchmarked success.

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  • Establishing and managing the US branch in New York
  • Management of local clients & partners for new business develop business development and marketing strategies
  • Training over 50 sales representatives to give them a better knowledge of the products line.
  • Traveling extensively throughout North America to customize the sales strategy to each area.
  • Developing, presenting, and negotiating the recommended portfolio of products and merchandising solutions with accounts.
  • Key account development with long-term profitability
  • Supervising a sales team of 3 people
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Use my extensive wine and spirits knowledge, my strong customer relations skills, and my absolute passion for this industry to grow sales for my company and enable success for my clients.

  • Customer/ Vendor Relationships & Service
  • Account Management and Development
  • Market Analysis and Strategy Development
  • Negotiation and Closing Sales
  • Problem Solving – 911 Emergency Responder
  • Inventory and Pricing Management
  • SAP System and Microsoft Office Proficiency
  • Point of Sale and Merchandising
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Tenured Accounts Manager with 15+ years’ experience collaborating with National Restaurant Chains. Primary point-of-contact and liaison between the Customers, Purchasing agent(s), and Distribution Centers nationwide. Successfully onboarded multiple national restaurant chains; this from business development, purchasing specs, order guide layout, and customized customer portal needs.

Below are a few customer’s I oversee:

  • TGI Friday’s
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
  • La Madeleine
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Hoffbrau Steakhouse
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25+ years in the Beverage Industry at both the Supplier and Distributor Level, developing and growing brands in the wine, beer, spirits and non-alcohol categories. M,A., WSET certified. Experienced National Account Executive with strong buyer relationships in the top 100+ National Account Restaurant Chains. Specializing in National Restaurant Chain Headquarter relationships, with equal experience of Multi-State Distributor Management and sales experience within both the On and Off Premise General Market.

Highly skilled in Trend & Data Based Sales Strategy, Planning and Execution, Presentation Development and Delivery, Distributor Management, Proficient in Diver/BI platforms, Computer and Microsoft Office.

Self-Motivated with strong Leadership and Communication Skills. Action and Results Oriented, utilizing Consultative and Solutions Based Sales approach.

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Throughout my career, I have proven myself as a highly motivated, well respected and valued management team member. I am known for my creativity, analytical thinking, and communication skills.

My positions, ranging from restaurant management to state distributor management to national accounts, have provided me with a greater depth of understanding allowing me to operate efficiently with a clear direction.

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Dynamic beverage sales professional with proven track record working within On-Premise National Accounts and Off-Premise chains selling both wine, spirits and mixers. Experience ranges from managing multimillion-dollar accounts to those on a bootstrap budget.

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Operations & Training

COVID – 19 has given him the freedom to seek his next challenge. If you are in need of a seasoned-nimble-creative-data geek-innovator and honest team builder, He’s ready to talk!

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Above-property track record of luxury Restaurant & Bar concept and design, global brand platform development and implementation, ownership relations, hotel openings, and innovation-driven event activations. Extensive luxury operations property leadership covering all aspects of Food and Beverage at the Four- and Five-Star, Five Diamond level. Proven record of cost and inventory controls, driving innovation, maximizing revenue and profit growth, improving guest and employee engagement, and team building, organization, and leadership.

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I am approachable, detail oriented, and have a proven history in beverage management, hospitality and event execution experience. I pride myself for having excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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Results-focused Beverage and Restaurant professional with over 25 years of experience. Strengths in creative menu and recipe development, training and corporate procedures creation, and working with corporate vendors. Proactive leader with strengths in communication and collaboration. Proficient in leveraging Restaurant Operations and Liquor, Beer, and Wine knowledge to promote overall unit success. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes.

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Accomplished F&B leader with over 20 years of trade experience in operations, education and hospitality. Proven track record of creating world-class beverage programs, driving brand perception, and cognitive hospitality awareness. Recognized revenue builder through innovation and strategy on a national/global platform. Extremely passionate and dedicated to the growth and development of the hospitality industry.

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Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sales, Sustainable Business, Market Research, and Management. Graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Pasadena and Loyola University Chicago.

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A dynamic and accomplished BEVERAGE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY LEADER with thorough expertise in food and beverage strategy, development, innovation, and management. Comprehensive understanding and experienced in guest analytics, franchise operations, menu development, bar and restaurant design, profit and loss analysis and other business analytics. Leverages excellent communication skills to manage stakeholder relations, and train/develop staff and leadership. Demonstrated ability to define high-level strategies, implement effective and creative solutions, and create/establish innovative food and beverage programs to drive sales, revenues, and guest satisfaction.

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Passionate Vice President of Beverage and Advanced CMS Sommelier with 10+ years beverage experience, seeking to leverage proven strategy, leadership, training, and relationship skills.

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Extensive and successful experience combining high-level sales and marketing skills with deep operational awareness. A team leader who generates superior results through the cultivation of sincere, long-lasting relationships which turn clients and associates into partners. An energetic self-starter motivated by creating new and improved processes through experience, feedback and outside-the-box thinking. A capable and analytical decision maker who pays close attention to details to drive short-term results and achieve long-term goals. Highly adept at strategic and tactical planning and able to drive profitable sales by strong budget management and understanding of the business from both buyer and seller perspectives.

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Passionate, Influential and Energetic are key words that describe how I manage my department. I’ve had the privilege of working in this industry for 17 years, this has molded me into a Beverage, Culinary and Hospitality expert. Ensuring kitchen perfection and beverage excellence is my day to day operation. I’ve had the opportunity to head a Multi million dollar concepts with profitable beverage strategies bringing incremental sales year over year. Achieved recognition by several news outlets and National Beverage magazines. Using data, analytical thinking allow me to qualify and quantify all my decision. Experienced in National Marketing, Digital Marketing and most communication channels. Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Posi, Micros and Aloha systems. Fully bilingual English-Spanish.

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Self–motivated and results-oriented professional with expertise in creative marketing campaigns, brand development, cross-functional collaboration, strategy execution, analytics, and operational improvements. Culinary arts graduate with a love of the service industry, seasonal ingredients, and paring food with beverage. Strong understanding of the three-tier system having spent time as a supplier, management role within a distributor, and working on the retail side both in purchasing and service roles. A successful record of cultivating positive, long lasting relationships with distributors, vendor partners, customers, and coworkers. Ability to work under pressure while remaining organized, composed, and confident to navigate guest/internal expectations. Tactful written/verbal communicator with proven skills in multitasking, prioritization, time management, coaching, presentation and problem resolution. Empowering leader who motivates, inspires, leads, and guides high-performing teams in delivering daily functions, goal achievement, and profitability growth.

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Accomplished Food & Beverage leader with diverse experience successfully developing and managing food and beverage programs in national chains as well as overseeing all aspects of hotel operations. Able to create and implement strategies, plans and budgets for multiple unit operations ranging from fast-casual to fine dining. Able to drive revenue growth through implementation of national marketing and promotional campaigns. Adept at building profits by balancing the tradeoffs between labor and cost of sales. An effective team leader in both a corporate and franchise setting. A team leader and consensus builder with both internal and external business partners.

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 I have been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. I started my career with humbles roots by starting out as a dishwasher and moved quickly through the culinary side of the hospitality industry where he became a renowned Executive Chef for many leading Restaurant groups in the greater Boston area. 

Prior to joining New Castle Hotels, I was the President and owner of Network Hospitality, which owned and operated 2 hotels and a 4-star Inn with a large restaurant / catering operation. I was also with several industry leaders such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Interstate Hotels, Beacon Hotels, and The Iyannough Management where he held such Positions as General Manager, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Operations, and Director of Food & Beverage, Corporate Executive Chef and Executive Chef. I am also a Certified Food & Beverage Executive (C.F.B.E.) by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. 

In 1996, I joined New Castle Hotels as a Food & Beverage Specialist assisting in the opening of the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Sheraton Hotel in Waterbury CT. Then was brought on as Vice President of Food & Beverage / Managing Director of Provender & Special Projects Manager for New Castle Hotels & Resort overseeing the development of the food & beverage operations as it pertains to the Training of associates in Culinary concepts, service, menu development, food & beverage marketing and new concept designs and implementation. During this time, I have been involved in the construction development and building of 32 hotels as well the development of restaurant concepts such as Basil’s, The Limestone Grille, Godfrey’s Grille, Rioja’s, SB&G, The Reserve Steakhouse, Salty’s and The Ripley Grille. I was recently overseeing 33 operating hotels and 6 hotels that are under development. 

As Managing Director of Provender LLC, I developed and maintained a purchasing division for NCHR that leverage NCHR’s purchasing power creating more than $1M in savings annually as well as generating nearly $450K for NCHR on a annual basis in manufacturing rebates / incentives. 

I also oversaw all the Rooms Division Operations, including housekeeping and engineering were in 2016 I revamped all the tools, chemicals and training support of this department to bring it into the 21st century with regards to how guest rooms are cleaned and serviced today as compared to 25 years ago. Since the roll out of the new Housekeeping Programing, the company has seen great success in associate retention, productivity and morale. 

I had developed a partnership with Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island, where he has created a personalized curriculum for NCHR for all of New Castle Hotels’ Chefs, the Directors of Catering and the Director’s of Food & Beverage to attend an intense week long program focusing in on the culinary and beverage aspects of the hospitality industry. 

I am currently an advisory board member for the following: 

  • Marriott International’s Food & Beverage & Rooms Advisory Board 
  • Chairman of the AH&LA Food & Beverage Advisory Board 
  • AH&LEI Educational Advisory Board Member 
  • Food & Beverage Magazine, Advisory Board Member 
  • Hospitality Executive Exchange (HEE) Advisory Board Member
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Experienced Multi-Unit Food & Beverage Manager. Focused on training and development in opening/young teams.

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A leader and innovator with over twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry.

Demonstrated track record of growing a beverage program into a national account, using data to drive innovation and developing training to ensure scalability and enhance profitability.

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Learning and Development professional with the ability to combine creativity, strategy and execution resulting in award-winning programs with tangible results, serving as a leader, developer, instructional designer and project manager. Consistently develop and implement strategies that drive performance metrics and deliver top line results. Known for people development with extensive experience in hospitality and retail industries.

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Purchasing

Director of Purchasing with noted career track of successfully directing procurement activities to ensure that all phases of operation are properly planned and executed. Recognized for expertise in establishing operational structure, creating program vision and objectives, introducing processes, and driving improvements to meet organizational goals. Change driver with strengths in building and sustaining strategic relationships with professionals from all levels of an organization, as well as key business partners and stakeholders. Demonstrated background in transforming and improving operations through the development and implementation of processes, programs, and strategies.

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Supply Chain Executive making a difference in the foodservice industry in strategic sourcing through demonstrated world class relationship building and processes improvements that result in efficiency in cost of goods, strong vendor relationships, stable supply, coaching and mentoring of procurement professionals and building superior teams while delivering positive year after year strategic impacts and personal fulfillment.

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15 + years of food and beverage menu development for national and regional restaurant chains. Experienced in contract negotiations with purveyors and ingredients, ingredient pack size optimization and consolidation, Development of deviations, rebates and marketing support direct with producers and indirectly via distributors. Menu Engineering, Seasonal and semiannual menu changes.

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Loss Prevention

A unique professional in the Loss Prevention and Security industry that has proven success as a director on the corporate level, regional, multi-store, multi-district, large geographical area, and single store roles. Has lead teams in multiple retail formats to include big box traditional retail, high end luxury retail, specialty retail, electronic retail, wireless retail, grocery retail, convenience stores, hospitality/entertainment, and restaurant/QSR. Furthermore, a previous President, and Board Member of the RLPSA, an active member of the IAI, and holds the CFI designation. Wicklander & Zulawski Interview Skills trained. Also, a U.S. Marines Combat Veteran.

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A board certified loss prevention leader focused on increasing company profitability and reducing liability. Experienced in retail, restaurant, corporate office, and manufacturing security. Results achieved by building cross functional relationships and influencing behavior.

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Insurance & Claims

Senior Claims Analyst with over 25 years experience managing claims for food and beverage companies, retail, and restaurants organizations. Experience also includes proficiency in database management, insurance contract review, loss control, trend analysis, and established professional relationships within various industries.

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Find Your Next Chapter

Companies Actively Hiring

  • Director Level Beverage Analyst Role (San Antonio immediate needs)
  • Ecommerce Role

Contact: Justin Bucci at jbucci@pabst.com

Contact: Devon Louquet at dlouquet@foleyfamilywines.com

  • National Account (Southern CA)

Contact: Jessica Kirby at jessicakirby@youngsmarket.com

Contact: Bob MacNevin at bmacnevin@levecke.com

Vice President of Hotel Sales (See Job Details)

District Manager in San Antonio, TX (See Job Details)

Regional Sales Manager, Control W. Mountains – OR, UT, ID, MT, WY (See Job Details)

Financial Analyst, NYC (See Job Details)

Trade Marketing Manager National Accounts & Control, NYC (See Job Details)

Sales Analytics Manager, NYC (See Job Details)

Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing Corporate – Broomfield, CO (See Job Details)

Executive Chef – Whistler Blackcomb (See Job Details)

Environmental Services Director – Chicago, Illinois (See Job Details)

Human Resources Generalist – West Hollywood, CA (See Job Details)

Director of Operations, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa – La Jolla, CA (See Job Details)

Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Chicago, IL (See Job Details)

BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar is opening multiple stores this year in DFW. They are looking for managers throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth markets. If you are looking for a chance to grow your career send Ryan@boomerjacks.com your resume.

Director of Sales – Florida (See Job Details)

Please send your resume to sales@beachwhiskey.com