I am currently an assistant professor at San Francisco State University's department of Hospitality & Tourism Management. As a native Californian; I grew up in Southern Californian and later moved to Northern California to attend the University of California at Berkeley (Go Bears!). It was in California where I found my combined love for the outdoors, food, and finance. However, it was in Up-State New York where I found my love for hospitality, service, and consumer behavior.
My research combines a myriad of academic personalities: quantitative methods (financial forecasting, analysis, modeling, experimentation, and data mining) are combined with a deep understanding of food and beverage operations. I strongly believe this diverse set of skills helps give me a unique persepctive in evaluating current hospitality industry operations, and improving future operations.
My finance experience stems from my background as an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney's media, telecommunications, and online media group, and as the primary business plan analyst for the seed-stage venture capital firm, Skipstone Ventures, LLC. Today, I draw on both backgrounds to build top-down and bottom-up pro formas, and trianulated valuations for restaurants and food & beverage operatons.
On the food and beverage side, my operational experience comes from not only physically working the back of house for highly rated restaurants (Wente Vineyards, Zagats 26; Arizmendi Bakery, Zagats 24), but also from working with world-renoun chefs such as Michel Roux, Todd English, Alfred Portale and Jose Andrés as a TA for Cornell's Guest Chef Series. In addition to line-level operational experience - I have analyzed and evaluated the market strategy and financial and operational performance of over 30 restaurants, and have conducted data-driven analysis and demand-based pricing projects for over a dozen well-established multi-unit brands. Over all, my restaurant industry analysis experience includes revenue management, pricing, evaluation of promotions/LTOs, and financial performance evaluation and forecasting.
Outside of the professional relm, I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing, and springboard diving.
Please refer to my CV for more detailed information about my professional and academic background.