View From The Top: The Future Is Now – How Technology And Design Are Transforming Senior Dining, Presented by HEALTHTAC
HEALTHTAC’s Food & Beverage Virtual Connect Event on January 12th featured a panel of expert F&B executives discussing The Future Is Now: How Technology And Design Are Transforming Senior Dining These leaders in the industry came together to share insight and collaborate to move the industry forward. This panel features Ben Butler, Kendal, Marjan Kodric, Brookdale Senior Living, and Eli Ayoub, Pathway to Living.
Ben ButlerVP, Culinary Services & Procurement
Currently Ben is the Vice President, Culinary services Procurement & Operations- at the Kendal corporation, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Kendal provides advice, leadership, and support to the communities it services in eight states that make up the Kendal System, primarily by helping to develop and disseminate model practices, facilitate economies of scale and advance responsible growth. Ben has 25 plus years’ experience in food service, working as an owner/operator, contract service manager/director in hotels, restaurants, campus dining, and Senior Living venues.
Eli AyoubCorporate Director of Culinary Experience
Pathway’s Director of Culinary Experience Eli Ayoub is the man behind the push for farm-to-table dining at all of Pathway to Living’s communities. When he arrived at Pathway three years ago, he made it his personal mission to give residents the kind of dining they’d actually enjoy.
He is a principal visionary providing innovative culinary brand, programs and overall leadership to executive directors and culinary managers in 31 communities. His responsibilities include design, plan, implement and administer all product architecture and layout design, including new building/construction and renovation projects. He oversees direct company procurement, vendor negotiating and agreements. Eli is also accountable for short and long term budgets including labor, food, and supplies as well as to recruit, hire, train, and mentor staff, and provide hospitality training.
Marjan KodricVP of Dining Services
Marjan is Brookdale’s Vice President of Dining Services and has over the last 25 + years held several leadership positions within the Healthcare and Senior Housing industries. He has been instrumental in implementing programs to support and simplify field operations, leveraging scale through procurement synergies and savings and developing industry recognized innovative and award winning dining programs. Marjan joined Brookdale in August of 1997. He is responsible for the strategic execution of the company’s overall dining operations including the financial expectations, policy, procedures and program development and implementation. He is a member of the BEST (Brookdale Excellence Standards Tool) Standards Committee and serves as the chair for Argentum’s Dining Services Executive Roundtable.