Chris Tripoli has over 35 years of service in the hospitality industry as a designer, developer, owner and operator. He graduated from Phoenix College after completing Food Service Management and moved to Houston, Texas, where he assisted in the rapid expansion of a casual family restaurant chain. Later, Chris founded his first restaurant company and expanded it into a small chain. He has developed award winning restaurants and provided assistance on a variety of airport, convention center, parks, theaters, and retail center projects. Chris consults on concept development, operations, and growth related matters with a variety of chains (franchisors and franchisees) and independent operators.
He teaches courses in “opening restaurants” and proper growth strategies at the Small Business Development Center of the University of Houston. Chris has written for “The Consultant,” “My Table” magazine, Restaurant Start-up and Growth and has been featured in various other trade publications. He is a guest speaker for a variety of hospitality meetings, seminars and a participant in industry workshops. Chris is currently providing one-day seminars on restaurant operations and growth strategies throughout the United States and Mexico.
Chris remains active in the Foodservice Consultant Society International, National Restaurant Association, Texas Restaurant Association, the TRA Education Foundation, and is on the advisory board of The University of Houston Small Business Development Center.