The experience of our staff spans 3 decades, working with more than 100 Foodservice Brands, across the full spectrum of menu and service system offering including quick serve, fast casual, family dine, casual dine and fine dining. Our team is made up of consulting professionals with significant years of experience in the foodservice industry, among them the following members.

Juan Martinez, PhD, PE
Principal

  • Over 28 years experience in foodservice consulting, design and management
  • Expertise is in Operating Systems & Platforms and Brand Optimization Design
  • Over 17 years of experience in the Burger King & Pillsbury Restaurant Group
  • Menu, Operations & Equipment R&D, Industrial Engineering, Supply Management & Purchasing, Concept Development
  • Experience spans to over 60 foodservice concepts across all service and menu offering categories
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering/Ergonomics-University of Miami
  • MS in Engineering Management-University of Miami
  • Bachelors in Industrial Engineering-Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Professional Engineering License since 1984
  • Adjunct Industrial Engineering Professor-University of Miami
  • Drive-Thru System Patent #5,168,354
 
 
Maria Cereijo Martinez, PhD
Principal
  • Over 22 years of consulting experience
  • Over 17 years college faculty experience
  • Faculty of Engineering-University of Miami
  • PhD in Computer Science-Florida International University
  • MS in Computer Science-Florida International University
  • BS in Computer Science-Florida International University
  • BS in Electrical Engineering-Florida International University
 
 
Ignacio Goris (Founder and Principal of Labor Guru)
Consortium Partner
  • Over 10 years of experience in foodservice consulting
  • Expertise in Labor Management System Designs
  • Experience spans to over 40 foodservice concepts across all menu and service categories
  • Significant expertise in developing restaurant labor management systems
  • Developed a proprietary web based labor management system
  • MS Industrial Engineering/Operations Research-Florida International University
  • BS Industrial & Systems Engineering-Florida International University
 
 
Silvia L. Peterson
Consortium Partner, Consulting Director
  • Over 20 years corporate experience with several national and international food services brands
  • Founded operations engineeering funtion at Starbucks
  • Expertise in Operations & Equipment R&D, Storage and Capacity Analysis, Store Development, Concept Design, Retrofit Design, Construction Project Management
  • BS Industrial Engineering-Auburn University

 
 
Carlos E. Espinosa
Senior Consultant
  • Over 3 years of process analysis & improvement consulting
  • BS Industrial & Systems Engineering – Florida International University
  • MS Engineering Management – Florida International University (In Progress)
  • Lean Six Sigma and Green Belt Six Sigma Certified

 
 
Kochi Baez
Senior Consultant
  • Over 18 years experience in process analysis and re-engineering consulting
  • MS Industrial & Systems Engineering-Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS Industrial & Systems Engineering-Florida International University
  • BS Mathematics Education-Florida International University

 
 
Stephanie Fernandez, CFP®
Director of Business Development & Business Consultant
  • Worked as a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance -- University of Miami
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
 
 
Juan P. Lopez
Senior Consultant
  • Over 3 years of process analysis & improvement consulting
  • Over 3 years of labor standards creation & implementation
  • BS Industrial & Systems Engineering – Florida International University
  • Lean Six Sigma Certified