|2013 State Board of Directors|
Colleen O’Bryan Holmes of WOW Restaurants, Inc. - Saratoga Springs, NY
Colleen is a 20-year veteran of the food and beverage industry. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University, Colleen joined industry leader Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) of Chicago. With LEYE, Colleen rose in the ranks to the position of General Manager where she managed several of Chicago’s finest restaurants. Colleen has been responsible for all aspects of operations, having a wide range of experience from fine dining to quick-casual themed restaurants and banquet/catering facilities. Leading and motivating 150 employees and training one-on-one are among her specialties. In 2001, Colleen and her husband Tim Holmes, created Restaurant Consulting Partners, LLC. Since then, they took over ownership and expanded the famed Wheatfields Restaurant in Saratoga Springs and recently opened Wheatfields Bistro in Clifton Park.
Dan Garvey of The Roycroft Inn - East Aurora, NY
Dan is the Director of Food and Beverage for the Roycroft Inn, a meticulously-restored craft guild movement luxury hotel in East Aurora, New York that attracts guests from around the world. In this capacity, he has built the Roycroft’s loyal following through innovative offerings and marketing programs. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Hospitality at Erie Community College where he teaches courses on Beer, Wine and Spirits; Hospitality Management; Catering and Banquet Management; and Hospitality Operations. Prior to joining the Roycroft, he was the founding partner and general manager for Garvey’s Restaurant in Buffalo, New York for a decade. Mr.Garvey is very active in community affairs and has served as Chairman of the East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the President’s Advisory Council at Erie Community College and as a Board Member of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, among others. He is also a prolific fundraiser for various area foundations and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Canisius College in 1984.
Anthony Dell’Orto of Manganaro's Hero Boy Restaurant, New York, NY
Anthony was born into a family that has been in the restaurant business since 1890. One hundred and twenty years later, Manganaro's Hero Boy Restaurant it is still a family owned and operated business located in the historic Hell’s kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan. Anthony has worked in the family business his entire career and is proud to be leading it into the future. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Manhattan College where he graduated in 1984. He lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York with his wife and two children.