Our Team

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Jon Wool, Consultant

Jon Wool is considered one of the hospitality industry’s foremost experts and personalities. Following his tenure as a Senior Vice President with Wolfgang Puck Catering, he established Finesse Cuisine Catering and Events, a boutique catering company serving Chicagoland and beyond. Over the years he fielded requests to conduct workshops at institutions such as DePaul University, Chief Executive Boards International, Catersource, ISES, and Special Events.

He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Management at Kendall College and became central to the national Catersource Consulting Unit. The success of these assignments prompted him to launch JHW Hospitality Consulting in 2010. As a consultant, coach, and speaker, Jon has been applauded for his warmth, humor, and ability to clearly communicate complex concepts.

Jon received a BFA in Acting at Carnegie Mellon University and attended Loyola University’s MBA program. As an actor, he appeared in movies such as Wall Street, television’s The Untouchables, soaps, commercials, and regional theater. This experience inspires Jon to approach each speaking engagement as a unique piece of theater and to bring to each coaching assignment a director’s eye for show stopping success.

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Michael Attias, Consultant

Working his way through college at the original Corky’s Bar-B-Q in Memphis, Tennessee, Michael Attias had the vision to see the potential of great West Tennessee barbecue outside his native town. With no prior management experience, Michael convinced an investor to put up over one million dollars to build one of the first Corky’s franchises. Michael took his catering sales from zero to over a million dollars a year with his high return, low cost marketing ideas learned through expensive trial and error.

As a result Michael has consulted for, written, been featured or spoken for many national associations, trade publications and companies like Domino’s Pizza, Sysco, GFS, Nations Restaurant News and Catering Magazine.

He now helps restaurant owners, caterers and grocery store owners increase their profits with catering through his educational, speaking and software company, RestaurantCateringSoftware.com.

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Melanie K. Spratford, Consultant

Melanie K. Spratford has worked in Chicago‘s special events industry for over a dozen years. With the catering teams at Finesse Cuisine, Food For Thought, and Wolfgang Puck Catering she focused on marketing and operations.

She played a significant role in new business development through her work on RFP responses and creative proposal design, and she has managed website design and social media programs.

Before joining the catering world, she was with the Special Events Department of the Field Museum, an experience which gives her insight into the specific needs of cultural institutions operating as event venues.

A former theatrical stage manager, Melanie‘s focus has always been on organizing the “backstage” details to help support flawless performances and events. Melanie graduated with a BA in Sociology from Kenyon College and has achieved the life goal of becoming a Jeopardy! Champion.

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