September 12, 2023 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
5265 International Blvd North Charleston
SC 29418
North Charleston Chamber September Lunch & Learn @ Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport

What: Join us for an exciting event focused on Restaurant and Hospitality Growth and Development!

Whether you are a restaurant owner, manager, or aspiring entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, this event is designed to provide you with valuable insights, strategies, and networking opportunities to take your business to the next level.

Learn from industry experts and successful entrepreneurs who have achieved remarkable growth and development in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. They will be sharing their experiences, best practices, and insider tips on how to navigate challenges, optimize operations, and capture market opportunities in an ever-changing industry landscape.

Our speakers, Mark Rhodes, HR director at Chick-Fil-A, and Nico Romo, chef and owner of NICO, Bistronomy by Nico, and Laura.

When: Tuesday, September 12, 2023, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport, 5265 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Ticket Options

  • Members: $20
  • Non-Members: $30
  • Day of Event: $35

Sponsorship(s): $200 per table


Mark Rhodes – HR director at Chick-Fil-A

Mark has over 15 years of experience in national and international service-based organizations across food and beverage, professional services, education, and non-profit organizations. As a general manager, HR director, sales specialist, and trainer, he has discovered a bottom-up approach to healthy work culture and generosity-based customer service.

Charles Hummel wrote a book in the 1960’s entitled “Tyranny of the Urgent”, where he details the decisions to let the urgent tasks get in the way of the important ones. His thesis still proves true to this day, because as we make our plans for each day, all to often we can’t get to the important decisions, because we are hit with the urgent ones that must be resolved quickly. If we’re not careful, these urgent tasks can and will lead us away from what’s most valuable, causing us to miss opportunities to focus on what’s truly important. Cue Mark: he knows the pressure all too well in having to navigate urgent tasks to stay aligned with important tasks. The way to do it? Stay aligned in your organizational values! They provide the underground roots, so that over time, the healthy fruit shows up in the life of your business, school, non-profit, church, or family.

Nico Romo – Chef and Owner of NICO, Bistronomy by Nico, and Laura

Born in Lyon, France, Chef Nico Romo is the youngest-ever US member of The French Culinary Academy (l’Académie Culinaire de France) and Master Chefs of France (Maîtres Cuisiniers de France), one of just 66 French Master Chefs in the country, and the only recipient in South Carolina. Both elite organizations represent and comprise the most highly skilled chefs in the techniques and traditions of the French culinary art.

Chef Romo graduated from the Helene Boucher Culinary Art School in Vénissieux at age 19 and perfected his skill under French Master Chef Patrick Henriroux at the dual-Michelin Starred restaurant La Pyramide in Vienne, France.

Chef Romo spent a decade directing Patrick Properties Hospitality Group’s culinary programs and helmed the kitchen at Fish Restaurant. During that time, he was named a Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Ambassador and member of the Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force recognizing his commitment to ocean-friendly seafood and Lowcountry fishermen.

In 2017, Chef Romo opened his first concept, NICO, bringing his European training and appreciation for locally sourced ingredients, particularly seafood and oysters. In 2020, he opened Bistronomy by Nico in a quaint spot in downtown Charleston. Bistronomy by Nico is an approachable French Bistro that highlights innovative techniques and ingredients. His third concept, Laura, opened in Spring 2022 in Charleston’s neighboring, Summerville, serving rustic Italian food as an ode to his Italian Heritage.