Joel Feigenheimer’s professional background in the hospitality industry includes working with people as a manager, owner, and strategist of restaurants and related organizations for over 30 years. His skills in customer service and leadership, as well as his industry knowledge, have helped him successfully navigate the restaurant industry in a number of different roles. He currently acts as the purchaser for a collective restaurant group as well as an adjunct professor at Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Joel Feigenheimer graduated from the State University of New York Delhi in 1977 with his A.A.S. in Nutrition and Restaurant Management. His passion for hospitality continued after he earned his B.S. in Restaurant Management from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1979. Immediately following his graduation, Feigenheimer took a position as Assistant Manager at Houlihan’s Old Place. Joel Feigenheimer quickly progressed through the managing ranks, eventually opening a major location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1981, Feigenheimer moved on to TGI Friday’s, Inc., transforming struggling locations into profitable ones and earning the company’s highest distinction, the Presidential Gold Star.
In 1983, Joel Feigenheimer went into business for himself as the owner of The Cranberry Bog, an upscale establishment specializing in seafood and prime beef. Due to Feigenheimer’s experience as a restaurateur, The Cranberry Bog became a critical hit when it opened; his role in developing the menu and training the staff ensured a superior dining experience. Over time, Feigenheimer expanded the restaurant to encompass Bog Events, a catering service with the capacity to serve 4,000 people. The company brought its recipes and menus to perform white-glove catering occasions at country clubs and events such as the Professional Golfers’ Association’s charity Skins Game. After an 18-year career with the restaurant, Feigenheimer transitioned into purchasing for China Grill Management, and he currently acts as the principal purchaser for over 25 restaurants. Since creating the purchasing department when he joined the company in 2002, Feigenheimer’s efforts are responsible for almost $30 million of annual purchases.
Joel Feigenheimer is a member of Chaine Des Rotisseurs, an international society focused on providing an optimal fine dining experience. Feigenheimer has had the opportunity to speak at State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill and SUNY at Delhi, and Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Joel Feigenheimer is currently an Adjunct Professor of Purchasing and Menu Planning at Florida International University, specializing in cost control and sustainable options for the future. He is currently working to complete his Master of Business Administration, with an anticipated graduation date of February 2012.