Technomic's team members bring real-world expertise to our market research and consulting engagements. They've worked as foodservice executives, managers, distributors, marketers, operators, chefs and researchers. As a result, there's powerful chemistry between our team and yours.
Darren Tristano, President
Darren Tristano is President at Technomic Inc. and is focused on expanding the foodservice industry knowledge base and sharing this intelligence with operators, suppliers and other key players. Over the past 20 years, he has overseen the growth of Technomic’s Information Services division. On Technomic’s consulting side, Darren leads the company’s Restaurant Practice, providing operator clients with actionable findings and insights. Drawing on this experience, Darren also puts Technomic’s research findings into context, speaking frequently to the media and at industry conferences.
Bob Goldin, Vice Chairman
Bob Goldin has over 30 years of broad-based food industry experience, working as a consultant, researcher and industry executive. He leads Technomic's Consulting and Research Group, where he directs a wide range of projects for food manufacturers, distributors and related suppliers. Bob also has consulted extensively in nontraditional channels, including club stores and vending.
Gary Karp, Executive Vice President
Gary Karp has over 45 years' food industry experience, serving in general and senior management positions in marketing, sales, public relations, purchasing, strategic planning and category management. His experience spans foodservice, retail, convenience stores, club stores, vending, processing and distribution.
Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, Advisory Group
Joseph Pawlak, a veteran of Technomic for over 20 years, has conducted a wide variety of food industry studies involving market planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, new product development, food trends, opportunity analyses, volumetric modeling, concept testing and analyses of distribution systems. Notably, Pawlak has expertise in the areas of market forecasting, mergers & acquisition due diligence and brand equity analysis.
Bernadette Noone, Vice President, Products & Programs
Bernadette is responsible for the development, execution and management of Technomic's vast collection of online research tools such as the Digital Resource Library, MenuMonitor, PriceMonitor and the Restaurant Financial Dashboard. She leads a team of twenty full time staff as well as directs the team's efforts for new content on Technomic's platforms.
Sara Monnette, Vice President, Research & Insights
Sara Monnette is responsible for designing, managing and executing both proprietary and syndicated consumer research studies for restaurant operators, manufacturers and others allied to the industry. She oversees a number of programs and services, including Consumer Trend Reports, Consumer Brand Metrics, Custom Publishing, Smart Support and custom consumer research projects.
Patrick Noone, Vice President, Sales & Client Services
With more than 15 years experience in the research/consulting industry, Patrick Noone is integrally involved in the sales, development and marketing of Technomic's online resources, reports and custom studies—tools that provide clients with actionable industry data that supports their strategic and tactical business planning processes. He also manages Technomic's Business Development and Client Service teams.
David Henkes, Senior Principal
David Henkes is responsible for directing consulting and research assignments for food and equipment manufacturer, operator and trade association clients active in the food and foodservice industries. Henkes specializes in market and strategic planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, opportunity analyses, acquisition evaluations, new product evaluations, concept testing, usage/attitude analyses, and distribution systems analyses.
Alan Hyatt, Vice President
Twenty-year foodservice veteran Alan Hyatt is responsible for the development of common-interest research studies, which provide Technomic's clients with actionable data that serves strategic and tactical plans. Additionally, his responsibilities include proprietary consulting and research in the areas of customer satisfaction, benchmarking, brand equity, sales process, broker effectiveness, competitive analysis and go-to-market strategy development and execution.
Wade Hanson, Principal
Wade Hanson manages and executes research programs for manufacturers, restaurant operators, and trade associations throughout the foodservice industry, working directly with clients to leverage insights into strategic planning activities. Wade has also done extensive research in the area of retailer meal solutions and leads Technomic efforts in this space. Wade has over 20 years of research and consulting experience, most recently with Ernst & Young.
Erik Thoresen, Principal
Working closely with clients as a strategic advisor, Erik draws from a broad range of research and consulting experience in market analysis, product development, technology and forecast modeling throughout the food and hospitality industries. Since 2002, Erik has managed proprietary studies and consulting projects for leading food and beverage companies as well as developed new global information products and services.
Melissa Wilson, Principal
With more than 17 years consulting experience, Melissa Wilson brings solutions to chain restaurant operators focusing on marketing strategy and improving unit-level restaurant sales. Prior to joining Technomic, Melissa was President of Tom Feltenstein's Neighborhood Marketing Institute's Consulting Division, directing marketing and business expansion activities for a number of top chains.
Tom Miner, Principal
Tom Miner is responsible for developing, managing and conducting professional services for foodservice operators, developers, and investors. Primary practice areas include: corporate and unit operating systems, concept/menu/product research & development, competitive research, litigation support, and due diligence for growth planning, mergers or acquisitions.
Donna Hood Crecca, Associate Principal
A veteran of the industry, Donna Hood Crecca has written about on-premise establishments and retail markets for nearly two decades. She has broad knowledge of restaurant marketing, operations, human resources and growth strategies, with specific expertise in beverage sales, promotion, service and training.