A graduate of the Culinary Institute and Florida International University, Jim has over 25 years of experience in the Hospitality business. He started his career as a Chef for Marriott Hotels working his way through hotel operations to become General Manager. Six years ago Jim joined Hyatt as the Corporate Director of Purchasing. In his role as Purchasing Director Jim works closely with the operations team at Hyatt to establish specifications, source products and set terms with suppliers. Hyatt and Jim partner with Avendra, taking advantage of their expertise in contracting and supply chain management. In his spare time Jim loves cooking, a good golf game and enjoys playing softball.