Our Consulting Team

Corporate Dining, Inc. builds its project teams with internal staff and subcontract specialists. The result is a focused Core Team and supporting bench with the strength to provide continuity and required expertise as needed.

Stuart Hurst
Field Project Manager

Stuart Hurst is a culinarian with a degree in Hotel and Catering Management and a year of post-graduate training as a chef in Switzerland. He is 30-year veteran of the Dining Services industry with extensive achievements in business operations, multi-unit management, contractor environments, continuous improvement, efficiency and profitability. He has held dining services executive positions in industries moving up from General Manager to Regional Director of Operations.

As a project manager for Corporate Dining, Inc. for the past four years, Stuart’s current projects include The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Johns Hopkins APL, USAA, Florida Blue, Wells Fargo, and Walmart, just to name a few.

Barbara Clemens
Project Manager, Business Intelligence

Barbara has been with the company since 1998. With a strong IT, legal and now dining background, she has both expertise and national recognition in developing benchmarking data exchanges for corporate and campus dining markets. As a Business Intelligence Project Manager, Barbara develops new technology tools to transform raw data into useful and meaningful information. She is developing interactive dashboards to provide clients with an organized and quick way to view their data.

Barbara has directed annual trade association benchmarking, data gathering & analysis for RFPs, and has worked on customer satisfaction, leadership, and benchmarking surveys for companies such as Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Assoc. of Health Care Foodservices, Protective Life, Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida and North Carolina, and Sprint.

Thomas Newcomb
Principal and Owner, Field Project Manager

Tom focuses on committing to projects where the team relationship will provide long-term strategic benefits for clients. Tom has stayed actively involved as a project manager and as leader of the company for over twenty-five years. He was one of the first pioneers of the discipline of benchmarking, the process of continuous improvement, and the sharing of best practices in onsite dining. Tom is the recipient of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management national awards for 2008 Leadership Award, 2011 Richard Ysmael Distinguished Service Award, 2019 Bob Pacifico Above and Beyond Award, and 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hannah Montes
Project Associate

Hannah Montes received her undergraduate degree at Otterbein University with a B.S. in Psychology and Latin American Studies. Hannah is fluent in conversational Spanish and has a dual masters from Azusa Pacific University in Marriage and Family therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. She has taught statistics as a College professor while living in California and has a background in doing research for psychology and behavioral practices.

As a Project Associate in Business Intelligence Hannah works with FoodMark® Benchmarking, which incorporates data gathering for over 125 U.S. corporations and conducts all Original Research studies.

Ron Papajcik
External Benchmarking, Systems Manager

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and its Weatherhead School of Management, Ron joined Corporate Dining, Inc. and Campus Dining, Inc. as System Administrator for the AHF Benchmarking Express™ in 2013, responsible for maintaining the benchmarking website, generating monthly and quarterly reports, and enrolling/answering member questions about benchmarking. Practical experience as a user group member, an Information Systems Manager, and former president of an international software user group, gives Ron a range of perspectives to help our clients benefit from their investment in benchmarking.

Chris Cassaniti
Business Operations Manager

Chris joined Corporate Dining, Inc. in early 2015, and is our internal operations manager and our project coordinator for our corporate clients, including companies such as Capital One, Halliburton, The International Monetary Fund, USAA, and The World Bank Group. An avid tech enthusiast, Chris also provides our on-site IT-Support. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Prior to law school, Chris worked as a financial analyst with a Cleveland-based investment management firm, co-founded an international education non-profit organization, and has studied law in both Shanghai, China and The Hague, Netherlands. He has conducted internships for New Pacific Consulting in Shanghai and the U.S. Department of Defense, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Bruce Walton
Quality Assurance and Contract Compliance

Bruce is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters Certificate from Villanova University. He was a Vice President of Operations for ARAMARK in the mid-Atlantic states. His franchise experience is extensive as he held Vice President positions for Swiss Farms, Insomnia Cookies, Krispy Kreame Donuts, and the Manhattan Bagel Company. He currently works for Corporate Dining, Inc., and Campus Dining, Inc., as the quality assurance and contract compliance operator.