Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

FOCUS Brands Chairman Speaks to Grads

Hyde Park, NY – Steve Romaniello, chairman of the board of FOCUS Brands, delivered the keynote address at commencement ceremonies at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on November 6.

FOCUS Brands is the franchisor and operator of Carvel, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Schlotzsky’s, and Moe’s Southwest Grill—with more than 4,400 total outlets in more than 60 countries. Mr. Romaniello is also managing director for Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm.

Mr. Romaniello is a recipient of the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s Silver Plate Award.

Mr. Romaniello spoke to 51 associate degree graduates in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts at the CIA. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Steve Romaniello delivers the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on November 6, 2015. Mr. Romaniello is managing director of Roark Capital Group and chairman of FOCUS Brands. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
View hi-res image >

Media Contact:

Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

# # #

Contact Us

Media Relations
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-451-1457