Brand USA Board Chair
Daniel J. Halpern, FMP, is President/CEO and co-founder of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc. With over 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry, he is responsible for the management of Jackmont's day-to-day operations located in 4 states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Halpern sets the strategic course of the firm; works with the sales department on business development techniques and acts as an adviser to senior management and the company's Board of Directors creating key business alliances and overseeing all financial matters. Mr. Halpern has led Jackmont Hospitality from its inception in March 1994, to its current status as a multi-faceted foodservice company with revenue in excess of $50 million and managed volume in excess of $100 million annually.
Prior to his tenure with Jackmont Hospitality, Mr. Halpern worked for several hospitality firms in a variety of positions including serving as a Financial Analyst for Holiday Inn Worldwide, one of the world's largest lodging corporations. At Holiday Inn, he managed corporate financial projections for acquisitions, divestitures and major renovations of all company-owned hotels. Prior to that, he served as District Manager for Gourmet Services, Inc., an Atlanta-based institutional foodservice company, supervising the day-to-day operations of multiple college and university dining programs.
Mr. Halpern has published widely and lectured around the world on industry related topics, including economic investments in diverse communities, supplier diversity and political activism in business development. He has advised many of the top political leaders of his time including U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressmen/women and Mayors of the nation's leading cities. He currently serves as: member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), on its Executive Committee, Regional Finance Chair for the DNC, Chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association, (GRA), Board Member of the National Restaurant Association, (NRA), on its Executive Committee. He has served as: Treasurer of the Multi-Cultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, (MFHA), by appointment of Gov. Roy E. Barnes, he served as Vice Chair of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority, and is a former board member of the Tuskegee University School of Hospitality Management. In 2008 he served as a member of President Barack Obama's National Finance Committee and as a Trustee for the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2009 Mr. Halpern served as Campaign Co-Chairman for the victorious Kasim Reed for Mayor Campaign and as Co-Chairman for Mayor Reed's Inaugural Committee.
Mr. Halpern is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and has been designated as a Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) by the National Restaurant Association. He also is the recipient of an honorary degree, Honoris Causa, in Business Administration in Foodservice Management from Johnson and Wales University.
Mr. Halpern and his wife, Sonya, reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their young sons; Geoffrey Francis and Nathaniel James.