Speaker Profile

Bob Puccini

Founder, Puccini Group

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Bob Puccini knows what makes social spaces and restaurants successful. Companies such as Fairmont, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Ritz Carlton, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts come to Bob because they know he understands the business from every perspective. Having been responsible for designing and remodeling over 1,000 restaurants worldwide, combined with his unsurpassed ability to survey a market, he appreciates a client’s goals and translates his perceptions into a winning concept that has earned Bob a stellar reputation and many longtime clients. Before founding Puccini Group in 1996, he served as Partner and Senior VP for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for ten years during their expansion from 4 to 35 restaurants throughout the United States. Today, Kimpton remains one of Puccini Group’s closest clients.

Bob has worked under many titles throughout his 40-year career, starting with dishwasher at the age of 16, then moving to restaurant General Manager, and by 30, he was Vice President of a national chain of restaurants. It was there that he began not just operating, but concepting and developing restaurants as well. In the late 1980s he met Bill Kimpton and worked for him on the development and operations of the restaurant division through the extensive growth years at the Kimpton Group. He has continued working as a consultant to this day. In addition, Bob has owned and operated restaurants in California, Oregon, and Canada. He understands the inner workings of every facet of the restaurant business and is quick to identify solutions in any under-performing hotel restaurant.

With current projects around the globe, from Dubai to Macau to his home city of San Francisco, and as a globally-thinking professional, Bob currently belongs to both the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and the Foodservice Consultant’s Society International. In 2002, he was named the Anti-Defamation League’s Food and Wine Industry Person of the year and won the prestigious Platinum Circle award from Hospitality Design in 2006.

Bob particularly relishes his role as a leader in the restaurant industry and its community, and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association and the Board of Advisors at University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management program. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from San Diego State University and spent 1969 in Brazil with the Peace Corps.

Recognized as an industry expert, Bob is an internationally sought after speaker at hotel investment conferences in Berlin, Macau, Mumbai, Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing. With over forty years in the hospitality industry, Bob’s love for restaurants has helped Puccini Group become the niche market leader for hotel F&B outlets, in terms of concepts, design, and operations.