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Market Partner, Orlando
With over 40 years in the restaurant industry, Alan Palmieri brings an outstanding professional track record of success to the Marlow's Tavern team, joining Dick Rivera, John Metz Jr. and Tommy DiGiorgio as a Partner in the business.
Most recently retiring from Darden Restaurants Inc. in 2010 after 13 years, Alan was the Executive Vice-President of Operations in the Specialty Restaurant Group.
Throughout his career in the restaurant industry, he has developed a reputation as a strong hand on operational leader, known for profitable sales growth, strategic turnarounds, aggressive expansion, human resource development and team building. In 2007, Alan was recognized for his many contributions, being selected to receive Darden's prestigious "Strategic Pillar Award for Restaurant Operations Excellence".
Alan began his restaurant career in the mid 70s with Norman Brinker's Steak and Ale Restaurant, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his 13 years at S&A Restaurant Corporation based in Dallas, Texas (Steak & Ale, Bennigan's and Bay Street Seafood Restaurants) he held increaslingly responsible positions in addition to his "up through the ranks" operations career. Alan was Vice-President of Training, Vice-President of Research and Development as well as Vice-President of Purchasing before becoming the President of Bay Street Searfood Restaurants with locations in Texax, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the late 80s, Alan led a LBO (leveraged buy-out) of Bay Street brand and served as the President and COO as he and his leadership team took the brand private.
Durning the 90s, Alan was President and CEO of a 110 unit Boston Market franchise in Southern California. Prior to being a franchisee, Alan spent over three years at the Boston Chicken headquarters as one of the eight founding officers and served first as Vice-President of Franchise Operations and then a Senior Vice-President of company and franchised operations, including the responsibilty for human resources and training.
Throughout his career, his many successes can be traced to his principles based leadership coupled with his vibrant passion for providing an ever-improving guest experience, working to drive results through improved execution as a product of high quality team member experience.
In addition to his passion for the hospitality industry, Alan raves about his family, which includes Paula, his wife of 40 years and grown children Tony, Nicole, son-in-law Jeff and their son Jackson.