FED Global Thought Leadership 2018

Eric Boelter, President, Foodservice, Boelter

As President of Boelter’s Foodservice division, Eric works with our industry’s most talented facility designers and foodservice and industrial supply specialists. Eric understands that customers have more options than ever when it comes to buying the equipment and supplies that keep their kitchens and facilities humming. To be the clear supplier of choice, he and the Boelter Foodservice team work together to provide customized solutions that truly align to a strategic business fit. He removes barriers that impede the ability to react quickly to the many needs and unexpected changes in foodservice, and invests in the tools frontline associates need to effectively serve and assist customers.

David Chislett, FCSI, Executive Principal, Ricca Design Studios

David Chislett, FCSI, native of New York, brings 35+ years of operations, design and construction project management experience to his role as Executive Principal with Ricca Design Studios. Dave is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and The University of Rochester. His background includes serving as an executive chef, corporate food and beverage director, and hotel F&B design/construction manager. David has also served as an Instructor at Johnson and Wales University in Denver teaching Foodservice Facilities Design and Analysis. He is currently a judge for NRA’s Kitchen Innovation Award program. This in-the-trenches background works well to provide current clients with a unique “hands-on” approach to the design process and strong assistance to design teams, Operators and construction teams. David is widely skilled across markets, but enjoys a global practice in upscale hospitality helping numerous brands grow into their potential. David is married with three adult “kids” and three grandchildren and resides in Brooklyn, NY. And yes, he does all the cooking at home...

Tobin Ellis, Hospitality Design Specialist, BarMagic

Tobin is a design and operations specialist with a combined 29 years in hospitality operations and 15 years in hospitality design whose work focuses on integrating the development, design, and operations processes. Since 1997, Tobin has helped develop hospitality concepts and designed bars from Honolulu to London, New York to Johannesburg for clients including The Starbucks Coffee Company, MGM Resorts, Marriott-Ritz Carlton, Caesars Entertainment, Hilton Hotels, Ford, Panasonic, Ace Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Grand Wailea Resorts, and many more.

Called “a shot of adrenaline” by the New York Times, Tobin was born in Silicon Valley and raised in Upstate New York where he first made a name as a 6-time national bartending champion and world-renowned bar and hospitality trainer who now travels the world speaking to designers and operators on holistic high-volume hospitality design– a functionalist and collaborative approach to designing and scaling hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, corporate and retail spaces that seeks to balance discovery, immersion, and experience with throughput, profitability, and culturized hospitality.

Tobin’s body of multi-disciplinary work has helped win a slew of accredited hospitality awards including Best Hotel Bar in Las Vegas (2005), Best Lounge in Las Vegas (2005), Best Cocktails (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), Best Hotel Opening (2011), 2nd runner up in PDCA’s PIPP Design Awards (2014), a 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award for his signature line of underbar equipment, and finalist in the 2016 FCSI Americas Innovation Showcase for Product of the Year.

Warren Solochek, SVP Industry Relations

Warren Solochek has worked in the food industry for over 35 years, both in retail as well as foodservice. Warren joined NPD’s Foodservice group in 2003. Today, his responsibilities include overseeing relationships with all existing Foodservice clients, as well as helping to secure new users of NPD’s Foodservice products and services. Warren also acts as NPD’s Industry spokesperson at NPD clients and at multiple Industry events each year. These events include COEX, MUFSO, NFI, NAFEM, IFMA, NRA Study Groups and the VIBE Beverage Conference among others. His role at NPD gives him a great deal of insight into today’s Foodservice industry issues and trends, and helps him anticipate the issues the industry will face in the future.

Prior to coming to NPD, Warren spent five years running client service and product development at Concept Shopping, Inc. (CSI). From 1981-1997, Warren worked at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), a leader in providing food manufacturers and retailers with industry insights. His last position there was as senior vice president of client service.

Warren earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Master’s degree is from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife currently reside in Chicago, Illinois.

Steve Starr, President, starrdesign

Steven Starr is an award-winning designer, published author and sought-after speaker. After working in New York City with renowned designer David Rockwell, Steve became a nationally-recognized industry leader in restaurant and retail design. In 1996, Steve moved to Charlotte and started the restaurant and store design studio at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. Growing it into a retail design powerhouse, he worked with some of America’s most recognizable brands, including Planet Hollywood, Krispy Kreme, and Dean & Deluca. Realizing that he desired a more hands-on approach to design on a daily basis, Steve created what is now starrdesign in 2007. Starrdesign works with clients in the U.S. and globally to create designs that inspire and make a difference. The firm has been featured in publications such as Inc., Fast Casual, National Culinary Review, QSR magazine, Modern Restaurant Management, The Charlotte Observer, and Restaurant Development + Design magazine. The company's roster of clients includes Bellagreen, named by QSR Magazine as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 fast casual restaurant, Pronto by Giada, Zoës Kitchen, Firebirds, Original ChopShop, REEDS Jewelers, Panera Bread, Mellow Mushroom, and Pandora Jewelry.