Charlie Candelas


Operations Specialist / Principal

Is as comfortable in front of a classroom as in front of the boardroom. In addition to brokering quarter-billion dollar deals, he’s delivered presentations to standing-room-only lecture halls.


Continuous and successful track record in directing multi-million dollar turnarounds and start-ups. He’s worked with entertainment themes and concept environments, and sporting venues, in addition to household name brands including the Olive Garden, Wolfgang Puck, and Darden Restaurants.


Charlie has worked extensively throughout the country concentrating on success with operations through profiling leadership at profit building in operations, systems enhancement and implementation. He created success through accountabilities in P&L performance, adherence to budgets up to $270 million, and corporate asset management and development.
Charlie’s energized by the challenges that come with keep prices down and quality high. He’s particularly proud of having saved over $6 million annually through contract negotiations and securing 17% savings through bulk buying on purchases up to $3 million and on inventories up to $18 million.


Created and implemented successful multi-million dollar marketing plans and sales proposals from concept through fulfillment; forecasted field sales, set product pricing; created successful advertising and promotions.


Accomplishments; goal directed team member, diversified achiever and innovator. Proven ability to provide key executives with vital financial information on a timely basis.


His track record includes start-up, joint venture, restructure, acquisition, reorganization, turn-around, change management, risk management, database management, cost containment, capital budgeting, cash management, strategic planning, contract negotiations, finance, pricing, forecasting, sales, marketing, advertising, promotions, merchandising, key accounts, due diligence, public relations, customer service, product design/development, prototype, packaging, P.O.P., distribution, multi-sites, re-engineering, R&D, production, scheduling, logistics, purchasing, inventory, MIS, human resources, policies, procedures, recruiting, and training in hospitality and retail industries.