About Corporate Dining, Inc.
Corporate Dining, Inc.’s project managers are all former Dining Service operators. We have operated at all levels from utility, back-of-the-house, up and through unit and regional management. Having worked “in the trenches” provides the skills to easily communicate with your staff and verify site conditions, operating statements, and subsidy.
Leaders are learners and teachers. We actively seek leadership roles in our industry as well as involvement in the development of new management methods, tools, and practices. A few of the Dining Service industry leadership positions (current or past) held by Corporate Dining, Inc. professionals are:
- 2008 SFM Leadership Award
- 2007 SFM Spirit Award
- President (two), Executive Committee, and/or Board Members (three) of the Society for Foodservice Management
- Chairperson, the SFM National Benchmarking Committee
- Chairman, the International Association of Conference Centers
- Foodservice Consulting Society International Professional
- CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) Designation from The American Hotel & Motel Association
THOMAS D. NEWCOMB
President, Corporate Dining, Inc.
Tom has spent his entire professional career in the hospitality industry. After graduating from Denison University, he joined the Stouffer's Food Corporation and worked his way from an hourly employee to corporate regional management.
As the founder of Corporate Dining, Inc. and Campus Dining, Inc., Tom focuses on committing to projects where the team relationship will provide long-term strategic benefits for each client. This represents over eighty projects per year.
Pioneering the confidential data sharing of corporate Dining Service liaisons through the nationally recognized FoodMark® program, Tom has brought together corporations such as Reed Elsevier, Procter & Gamble, Capital One, TRW, Coca-Cola, Halliburton, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Motorola, Nationwide Insurance, Reed Elsevier, Sprint, TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, and many more.
Tom speaks nationally and internationally on the Process of Benchmarking at events such as the Annual Conference of the Food Service Consultants Society, International Facilities Managers Society World Workplace, SFM Annual Conference, NACAS, NACUFS, and Best Practice and FoodMark® Workshops.
Tom is a member of the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), NACUFS, NACAS, NACUBO, and The Society for Foodservice Management (SFM). He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the SFM.
Tom is the recipient of the 2008 SFM Leadership Award.
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Ward brings strong financial acumen, an operational background, and experience in sales and marketing to Corporate Dining, Inc. Following graduation from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Ward’s career developed in Hospitality Management. He has held the following positions: Cook Manager, Unit Manager, General Manager, District Manager, Regional Operations Manager, Sales Executive, Account Executive, and National Account Manager.
Having spent his entire career in dining services, Ward has been active in the following industry sectors since the mid-1970s: Nursing Homes; Kosher; Colleges & Universities; School Lunch, K-12; Business & Industry; Conference Centers; and Corporate Services.
Ward has been part of Corporate Dining, Inc. since early 2002. Just prior to joining the company, he was instrumental in the legwork that set up and managed the NYC Restaurant Revitalization Program, funded by the Salvation Army to assist restaurants whose businesses were pretty much decimated by the events of September 11, 2001. This program was written about in many publications, including Crain’s New York Business, Entrée Magazine, Grid Magazine of Real Estate Business and the Norwalk Hour.
“This program was about devising a procedure, putting it in place, and then managing the process. It was new, different, challenging, and difficult at times, but it was really great working with people who have unlimited dedication and a tireless effort – the owners, contractors, volunteers, vendors, suppliers, associations, and NYC agencies and departments. It was incredible. To be a part of that effort was a privilege.”
Ward’s current client group includes Pitney Bowes, MetLife, HBO, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Scholastic, The New York Times, Morgan Stanley, People’s Bank, and Merrill Lynch.
Ward is a past member of the Society for Foodservice Management and is currently active in his neighborhood and community. He is Board-certified as a high school basketball referee in Connecticut and assists the Fairfield Recreation Department with their youth soccer and basketball programs. Ward also serves on the Board of Directors for Wakeman’s Memorial Association, a Boys and Girls Club of America. Ward and his wife, Fran, live in Southport, CT.
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Office Director/Administrator FoodWrite
Barbara has been with Corporate Dining, Inc. for over ten years. Prior to that, she worked as a legal secretary in both private law and insurance litigation, was the Administrative Assistant to the Controller at the Sheraton Corporation in Dallas, Texas and a legal secretary in the Government and Business Affairs Department of Dresser Industries Corporate Headquarters in Dallas. At Dresser, Barbara was responsible for assembling and compiling data concerning export trade licenses, S.I.C. Codes, boycotts, anti-trust and environmental matters, and mergers and acquisitions.
At Honda Manufacturing International in Marysville, Ohio, Barbara worked in the Purchasing Department, then transferred to Information Systems where she was directly involved with project management, the test / purchase and/or implementation of new hardware and software; technical support for a large user base; teaching software classes; and assisting other departments in developing their budgets for IT equipment. She coordinated with three plants in the Ohio area to write and implement Operations Standards and Procedures for the PC Section.
Her current role at Corporate Dining includes the development of surveys, assisting with the development of RFP’s, providing project and documentation support, FoodMark® support and office administration. Some of the companies for which Barbara has conducted surveys include Microsoft, Wachovia, Bristol-Myers Squibb, USAA, Society for FoodService Management, Johnson & Johnson, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Barbara has also conducted original research for Corporate Dining, Inc.
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FRANK R. WILLIAMS, III
Frank has spent over forty years in food service management positions. He was with Marriott Management Services and its subsidiaries for twenty-nine years, progressing from Assistant Manager to positions including District Manager, Regional Controller, Regional Vice President and Vice President of Operations.
Frank has worked with Corporate Dining, Inc. for fourteen (14) years. As an associate, he has worked on projects for American Greetings, Ashland Oil, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chase Manhattan, First Data, Fleet Bank, MBNA, The World Bank, ABC Television, Banc One, Capital One, Firstar Bank, Key Bank, NationsBank, Westfield Companies and NetApp Inc.
Frank is very active in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Western New York, The Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center, and currently as an Elder and Stated Clerk for the Bible Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, NY. He has been an associate and adjunct professor, teaching Food Service Management courses, at Buffalo State and Erie Community Colleges.
He is the recipient of an Outstanding Community Service Award from 1490 Enterprises of Buffalo, NY, and an Outstanding Alumni Award from Erie Community College. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Frank and his wife, Ann, have three children and eight grandchildren, and reside in Grand Island, NY.
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