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Bob will be speaking...

Thursday October 4, 2012

2:30pm - 3:30pm

B2: Food, Glorious Food!

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Bob Puccini

President & CEO | Puccini Group

Bob Puccini knows what makes social spaces and restaurants successful. Companies such as Fairmont, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Ritz Carlton, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts come to Bob because they know he understands the business from every perspective. His unsurpassed ability to survey a market, appreciate a client’s goals and translate his perceptions into a winning concept has earned Bob a stellar reputation and many longtime clients. He’s been closely associated with Kimpton Hotel and Restaurants since 1989. Before founding Puccini Group in 1999, he served as Senior Vice President. Today, he continues the relationship as a consultant.

Bob handpicked every member of our company, assembling a team with the talent and diversity to help Puccini Group become the niche market leader. Inspired by the gifted people he’s brought together and by a heartfelt desire to create beauty, Bob Puccini is never short on enthusiasm. Ask him what he likes most about his “job,” and he doesn’t hesitate to reply: “Not knowing what’s going to happen next, even for a day.” He also relishes the opportunity to bring pleasure to people, “especially to those who don’t experience much of it in their lives.” In 2005, Bob Puccini was inducted into the World Travel and Tourism Council and is a member of Foodservice Consultants Society International and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. In 2002, he was named the Anti-Defamation League’s Food and Wine Industry Person of the year and he won the prestigious Platinum Circle award from Hospitality Design in 2006. Bob particularly relishes his role as a leader in the restaurant industry and its community, and serves on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association and the board of advisors at University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management program. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from San Diego State University and spent 1969 in Brazil with the Peace Corps.