I have been a business owner, a business banker and have co-owned two restaurant businesses. More importantly, I can identify quickly and diagnose restaurants operational and financial performances.
Born and raised in Caledonia, on the outskirts of Rochester NY
Education and Professional Development: BS Business Administration, Fredonia State University, Fredonia NY - Dale Carnegie Sales Course, RAC Sales Development Class - Brian Tracy’s Relationship Selling Strategies Seminar
Before co-founding Start Your Restaurant Business, she has owned 2 restaurants, worked for SYSCO andKraft Foodservice, two of the leading suppliers in the Restaurant industry.
As a Food Service Marketing Associate, she coordinated and supplied bulk foods, supplies, and equipment to accounts capable of purchasing quantities and paying in terms.
She has been a business owner and a business banker. More importantly, she can identify quickly and diagnose restaurants operational and financial performances.
Pat has experience in developing solid relationships with Realtors, Investors, and CPA.
While working for in food sales, she also studied and received a Realtor’s license in the western New York area.
First Union, Wachovia Bank now Wells Fargo, St Petersburg, FL. -Small Business Banker, St Petersburg
Regions Bank, Pinellas Park, FL.-Vice President – Branch Manager-Business Development Officer
After Pat had graduated from Fredonia State in Buffalo NY with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration, she was hired by Dewey Food Service, a high quality slightly more expensive alternative to fast food restaurant near the University of Rochester, in Rochester NY.
She started as a Manager Trainee and rose quickly to become Director of Operations and Partner. She was an integral part of day-to-day operations, image building, public relations and market expansion. She designed order forms, scheduled employees, handled purchasing, payroll, and bookkeeping.
Her negotiation skills with industry vendors and public relations with both the consumer and suppliers contributed to the start of her successful career in the Restaurant industry.
Dewey Food Services eventually sold and as a partner, Pat received a percentage of the sale.
Experiencing this on her first job after college in the industry almost appeared to be a plan in motion guiding her career path, for the next 15 years.
Pat eventually was hired by Kraft Foods as Territory Manager one of the first females to be employed in that position in the early 80’s where she quickly rose to become one of the leading producers for the district.
She decided to pursue a career with SYSCO Foods, a larger supplier of wholesale foods and equipment which enabled her to offer a wider range of options for her customers and an increase in salary as well.
After being on the sales side of the business, she decided to follow a dream of being back in the ownership position again and became partners in Corporate Catering.
Pat relocated to Clearwater FL to start and manage what came to be a successful café, food delivery, and catering business that specialized in off-premise catering for Tampa Bay businesses with a Chef/Partner Jeannette Goldman.
She developed ongoing business strategies, hired and trained all employees and created and implemented training manuals. Pat was also responsible for all sales and marketing efforts. After five years, the business sold at a profit, and she continued to consult with the new owners for two years.