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Complimentary Thirty Minute Consulting Sessions

Catersource is pleased to announce that the Certified Catering Consultants (CCC) team will again be offering thirty-minute consulting sessions during the Catersource 2021 at the Miami Beach Convention Center These sessions are free for registered conference attendees.

The consulting sessions will be held in Room 244 at the Convention Center, on Tuesday July 20 and the morning of Wednesday July 21.

Certified Catering Consultants is the preeminent catering industry specific consultancy in the US. The CCC team offers expert advice, consulting analysis, training, coaching and opportunity evaluation. The CCC consultants are catering industry specialists, providing expertise in practically every area of interest to the catering community.

Because of limited time and space availability, in order to sign up for a complimentary session CCC will need information about the attendees and the topics to be covered. Please email [email protected] or stop by in person at Room 244 at the Convention Center for further information and a session registration form.

The CCC office will then ask for confirmation of the appointment by 5PM the day before the appointment. Any unconfirmed appointments may be canceled, and offered to waiting list applicants.


Consultants and Topics

Carl Sacks

Widely regarded as one of the top experts on the business of catering, Carl Sacks focuses on optimizing financial results through in-depth analysis of the operating results of any caterer. He also focuses creating value from the assets of a catering company for potential acquisition, and helping with long term strategic planning, including exit strategies. Carl is also an expert on all things catering venue related, from responding to RFP’s to helping with financial justifications for venue projects.

  • Financial Analysis & Recommendations
  • Exit/Transition Opportunities
  • Strategic Planning
  • Venues & RFP Response Creation

Meryl Snow

A highly popular speaker and consultant, Meryl provides her clients with necessary insight and knowledge on all things catering sales related. Particularly during this time of recovery for the industry, her insight is invaluable for all sales driven caterers.

  • Sales Team Training
  • Sales Compensation Planning
  • Style: Redesign Buffet, Stations and Culinary Presentations

Anthony Lambatos

Anthony is passionate about helping businesses create a culture that allows their team members to thrive and the organization to reach new levels of success.  As events come back and businesses rebuild, now is the time to create a culture by design and not one by default.  Anthony specializes in heart leadership and management of teams with a focus on operational structure and employee engagement. He has helped many companies with recruiting and hiring processes, retention strategies, and the alignment of team members and company goals. He also assists organizations with the training and development of their leaders.

  • Hiring and Onboarding Process for Key Employees
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation
  • Employee Engagement and Retention

Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen has been one of the most successful caterers in the highly competitive South Florida market for many years. As a consultant he focuses on helping smaller caterers grow their businesses.

  • Planning for Your Catering Firm’s Future
  • Strategic Development for Small Businesses
  • Expert Witness Services

Chef Peter McCaffrey

Peter McCaffrey has had a long and distinguished career as a catering focused chef, including many years operating one of the most successful caterers in the Wine Country area of Northern California. He now consults for caterers around the country on all things culinary related. Menu development, staff training, original presentation concepts, and many other areas are among Peter’s specialties. In a competitive market, having a highly regarded consulting chef to assist the in-house culinary team can help differentiate any caterer from the competition.

  • Culinary Excellence Development & Staff Training
  • Quality and Cost Control Programming
  • Recipe and Presentation Development

Bob Pacanovsky

Every caterer depends on skilled and trained staff for their success. Finding, training and retaining new people, as well as retraining those who are coming back to your company after a year. To ensure quality service, Bob Pacanovsky focuses on three key areas- service excellence, creating hospitality and a formal staff training program.  These are a necessity for caterers of all types, now more than ever, as companies will get one opportunity to create a WOW experience and a lasting impression

  • Creating Hospitality
  • Service Excellence
  • Formal Staff Training

Francisco (Frank) Christian

Frank’s broad skill-set and hands-on experience includes the following areas: enterprise-wide process reengineering and technology implementation, sales force management, inventory and warehouse management, logistics, purchasing, financial analysis and strategic planning—virtually every aspect of running a successful business. His focus is on company mission and vision, while always looking for cost saving and process improvement initiatives to implement as well as new opportunities to create revenue using available resources and talents.

  • Business Operations Recovery
  • Process Improvement
  • Event Lifecycle Management
  • Cash Flow, Budgeting and Profit Management


Free 30-Minute Consultantations @ Catersource 2021

Please select the consultant and the time slot you would like to reserve based on the schedule below -- a consultant's initials indicate that they are available, though prime slots fill up quikly.  

Please note: Time slots may be subject to change.

Appointments will be taken remotely through Friday July 16, 2021 by email at [email protected]. After that date all remaining time slots will be available for sign-up during Catersource Conference & Tradeshow on Tuesday, July 20th at 9:00 a.m.

To request an appointment for a 30 minute session, please reach out to us at [email protected]


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