Kenneth Hoffman

Hospitality Expert

Kenneth Hoffman

Kenneth Hoffman Bio-

Kenneth Hoffman is a restaurant and hospitality expert with over 30 years of experience with leadership positions with TGI Friday’s, Hard Rock International, Sbarro’s and Ruth’s Hospitality, four of the world’s favorite chains. Hoffman and his expert advice are featured in many publications, textbooks and videos. One textbook, “Principles of Operational Management” features Hoffman’s leadership strategies, cost saving techniques and profit promoting plans, and is used in most master degree programs around the world.


Other restaurateurs began seeking Hoffman’s expertise on how to employ the strategies that worked so well for America’s favorite restaurants. This led to the birth of his restaurant consulting and business advisory firm “International Restaurant & Hospitality Consulting Group” where Hoffman has formalized and systematized procedures that can help other small and large businesses, especially in the hospitality industry. Over the years, Hoffman has provided assistance to countless restaurant and hospitality-related businesses all over the world.

Recognized internationally for his ability to articulate exact game plans and roadmaps for operating a successful business and leading turnaround efforts, Ken speaks frequently around the world to packed crowds at trade shows, boardrooms, corporate meetings, conventions, universities, concepts and organizations. Hoffman enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds and is equally comfortable engaging with companies on the Fortune 500 list as well as concepts and organizations in their infancy stage.

Mr. Hoffman’s Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • National Restaurant Show in Chicago
  • International Hotel & Restaurant Show in New York
  • The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show
  • The California Restaurant and Lodging Show
  • Exxon/Mobil Retail Conference Guest Speaker

Mr. Hoffman also is a certified business consultant, motivational speaker, corporate CEO and board member, certified forensic witness expert for the hospitality industry and Chairman of, (Non-Profit Organization)

Ken has earned his FMP credential through NRAEF. The Foodservice Management Professional designation is the highest awarded by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in recognition of knowledge, experience, leadership and professionalism in the foodservice management industry and speaks frequently at the National Restaurant Association events.

Kenneth is also recognized by Hospitality Gurus as one of the top twenty recognized and awarded hospitality experts in the world.    Global Hospitality Gurus 30
Mr. Hoffman is also a Forensic Witness Expert for the Round Table Group and has provided key research and depositions for firms and insurance companies His ability to deliver unbiased opinions and reports as well as impartial testimony at deposition and trial are his hallmarks.

Mr. Hoffman also serves and is recognized by the Gerson Lehrman Group as an educator for the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Hoffman was also selected by The Disney Institute as one of three national executives whose leadership abilities were showcased in the training video, Follow the Leader.” The video follows Hoffman, and is also utilized in college curriculum. Hoffman has great ability to facilitate leadership and training classes and is a certified facilitator in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


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