Jim Rand, Operating Partner, CaterStrat
Jim is a 40-year restaurant industry veteran, having served in multiple operations leadership roles over the past 3 decades. Early in his career, Jims' hands-on experiences with Au Bon Pain, Einstein's, and Metromedia Restaurant Group provided unique insight into the day to day challenges of operating multi-unit restaurants in challenging start-up, franchise, and turn-around environments. From 2000 to 2016 Jim worked with Panera Bread. For the first seven years, as a Franchisee and Operating Partner in Minnesota, Jim built and led a team that successfully opened and operated 27 Panera Bread Bakery Cafes. Upon successfully selling and transitioning the cafes to Panera, LLC, in 2007, Jim joined the company to lead their catering efforts. Over a nine-year time period, he was responsible for creating and implementing the strategic and tactical catering initiatives for Panera, LLC, resulting in multiple years of double digit sales growth. Jim joined P.F. Chang's in May of 2016, and developed and implemented a Catering program for the concept, as well as leading the initiatives for all Off-Premises Dining, including take-out and third-party delivery. He joined ezCater as Catering Practice Leader in January of 2018. Jim is responsible for building client relationships, providing insight on products for the ezCater platform, and helping operators better understand how to be successful with their catering efforts. Currently, Jim is and Operating Partner with Act III Holdings, LLC and is responsible for providing Off-Premises sales leadership and advice for the Act III portfolio brands, including Tatte Bakery and Café, Life Alive Organic Café, CAVA, and BJ's Brewhouse. Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a devout Badger fan and Cheese-head. He resides in Bluffton, South Carolina with his wife and best friend for over 30 years, Sande, and enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with friends.