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Deborah Thomas, CDP CSEP EmeritusCEO & FounderSchool for the Service Arts LLC

Ms.Thomas is the founder of School for the Service Arts LLC, a service training and development company. Her vision is explained in the tag line "Excellence Begins with Top Training". Ms.Thomas holds prestigious certifications: the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) Emeritus, the Certified Dining Room Professional (CDP) and a BA in Hospitality Management. She is a hospitality trainer, catering consultant, professor and creator of online catering courses. She teaches, facilitates workshops and consults, with an emphasis on food and beverage management. Thomas is past president of the ILEA San Diego Chapter and a member of the original ILEA CSEP Certification committee that placed the exam online for the very first time. She owned and operated a highly successful farm to table off – premise catering company in North County San Diego. Upon the sale of her renowned company, she decided to follow her dream to raise the standards of hospitality worldwide through classroom engagement, global consulting and online learning in the academic and corporate arenas.