James A. Bardi
James A. Bardi received his Ed.D. from Widener University in Higher Education. His thesis research was on "Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management Faculty Perceptions on Distance Learning." He received the Linda Leonard Outstanding Graduate Student in Higher Education Administration Award from Widener University. He also earned a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) certification from the American Hotel & Motel Association’s Educational Institute. Dr. Bardi taught at Penn State Berks for over 30 years in the associate and baccalaureate programs of the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. His teaching at Drexel comprises equipment design and layout, accounting, leadership seminar, human resources, as well as graduate courses in foundation courses in hospitality, tourism marketing and branding, and strategic management and leadership. His industry experience includes quantity foods instruction, hospital food supervision, university food management, hotel management, and restaurant supervision and consulting. Dr. Bardi is the author of Hotel Front Office Management, 5th Ed., (2011) John Wiley & Sons, NY, NY.
Bob Barrett is a certified specialist of wine and an instructor of continuing education in the Field of Wine and Food at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Bob is the co-creator and instructor of “The Global Vineyard Wine Tasting Series”. Has extensive background in developing and instructing classes on wine, and hosts monthly wine dinners, including menu planning and wine pairing. Bob is an alumnus of Drexel’s Hospitality program.
Gianna Bigliani, PT, DPT, CSCS
Staff Physical Therapist for the Sports Physical Therapy Institute and Strength & Conditioning coach for Motion Gymnastics.
Commissioner, Skyline Conference.
Over 20 years of sports industry experience in ticketing, sales and marketing. President and Founder of Beyond the Arc Sports Consultants. Former Vice President of Sales for the Philadelphia 76ers, Tickets.com and Anaheim Sports.
Director, Operations/Security Philadelphia Phillies.
Vice President for Enrollment at Le Moyne College.
Former commissioner for the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference; PR director for the Trenton Shooting Stars.
Neal Ewing is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with Honors in History and is also one of the first people in the U.S. to earn the Diploma of England’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). For 30 years Neal worked in the wine industry as a wine writer (Wine Spectator); retail store wine manager (The Wine Line, Camden, NJ); wine buyer (Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant); and wine tasting organizer (two “Best of Philly” awards). Since 1999 he has directed the Philadelphia area franchise for the wine courses of the WSET, teaching all of their Levels including the Level 4 WSET Diploma. Neal has been the instructor for Wine and Spirits at Drexel since September, 2007.
Interim Director of Career Education at Arcadia University, and previously the Senior Executive Recruiter at Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.
Lynn Hoffman was a professor of Culinary Arts for 14 years and founder of Drexel's Culinary Major. He has written six books and several hundred newspaper and magazine articles about food and drink. His current research interests are the cultural dimensions of food and beverage consumption. Lynn will return to the department as adjunct professor for Wine and Spirits courses.
John King received his MS in Food Science from Drexel University. He is Certified DAWIA Level I SafeServe. John was member of the research team for the US Department of Agriculture where he investigated Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods, designed processes, conducted laboratory analysis, coordinated logistics, and ensured adequate personnel and material levels.
Craig Laban has been the restaurant critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer for over 15 years. He’s eats at nearly 500 restaurants each year and brings our students his expertise in food writing, blogging and reviewing.
President and CEO of 4A Management
Angelo is an Adjunct Professor of Food Science. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists - IFT and a Member of the Project Management Institute – PMI. Angelo holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Technology from The University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and from The University of Georgia. Angelo holds a Lean Manufacturing Program Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT. Angelo’s work focuses on food manufacturing and the manufacturing processes. His past positions have been at ConAgra Foods and The Campbell Soup Company. He is currently the Senior R&D Manager at Keystone Foods.
Previous Manager for the Philadelphia Eagles in Ticket Operations and Premium Seating, and previous Director of Corporate Sponsorships with the Philadelphia Soul. Adjunct professor at several other institutions.
Over 17 years’ of collegiate athletic administration experience. Current Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Women’s Administrator at Boston University. Former Director of Athletics Edinboro University of Pennsylvania & Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Women’s Administrator at Northeastern University.
Clare Pelino is the president of Profile Public Relations in Philadelphia. She represents some of the best culinary professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region including, but not limited to, Cook+Solo Restaurant Group, We Love 13th Street, Tria, and Micheal Solomonov. Clare has been sharing her expertise with Drexel students for over 10 years.
Vidyanidhi “Vinny” Rege comes to us from Howard County College where he is the director of the Hospitality & Culinary Management department. Vinny sits on the board of directors for Howard County Tourism and Promotions.
General Counsel, RISE International Sports Enterprises
Alan Segal is the founder of The Restaurant Scorecard which was a newsletter for Philadelphia restaurant diners, which objectively rated local restaurants, based on subscriber experiences. Has worked and studied with many well-known chefs which include the following: Pierre Hermé, Fauchon, Paris, France; Philippe de Givenchy, La Timonerie, Paris, France; Christian & Philippe Conticini, La Table d’Anvers, Paris, France. Alan has been an adjunct faculty member at Drexel for over 10 years.
Digital Sports Media Professional. Formerly the Director for Digital Business Development for NBC Sports, and currently a freelance writer for the Sports Business Journal.
Drexel University Associate Athletic Director for Recreation and Facilities.
Fred Stine is a senior partner in The Creative Group, Inc., established in Pennsylvania as a special events production and meeting planning firm. Dedicated to the creation, production, implementation and promotion of programs throughout the world, the company has successfully staged over 2,800 major special events and meeting in numerous cities throughout the United States and around the world.
Athletic director of Multnomah Athletic Club (Portland, Oregon). Former senior associate athletic director at Northeastern University
Former director of marketing partnerships for CBS College Sports Network
Controller with ARAMARK Corporation.
Pam Thompson holds a MS from Drexel University in Food Science and a BS in Biological Sciences from Rowan University. She is a certified Quality Engineer through the American Society of Quality. She has over fifteen years of industry experience and is a member of professional organizations.
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach: University of Michigan Athletic Department.
Associate Athletic Trainer for Drexel University Athletics.
Director of Villanova Athletic Fund.
Vice President of Marketing for Comcast SportsNet.
Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine.
Managing Director for Harrison Kent Advisors, LLC, Best Practices for Sports Camps. Previously the Director of sports camps and assistant director of compliance at The Ohio State University
Over 20 years’ experience of athletic administration experience. Executive Vice President of Operations for the Kansas City Wizards.