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May 2012

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Linda,

“I wanted to thank for your terrific tour of Chicago hot concepts last week. Many members of the party have told me how much they enjoyed the afternoon and your bright, bubbly personality.”

 

Paul Charity, Managing Director

Propel Info

September 2011

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“Linda Duke is a very rare individual in our industry because of her excessive level of passion to help organizations and individuals not only improve but also reach outside of their comfort zone. The LSM-U session at Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo with Linda was as valuable to a restaurant operation as finding a 20 year restaurant veteran with proven success ready to grow their business.”

 

Ron Mathews, Vice President, Reed Exhibitions,

The Food Shows, Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum

August 10, 2011

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“Linda your Toolbox session, Smart Marketing with Flavor, was very well received at The 2011 Flavor Experience.  Your presentation and energy held everyone’s attention.  Thank you so much.  It was a pleasure having you with us.”

 

Tastefully Yours,

Sharyn Iler, BSI Conferences Inc. The Flavor Experience

July 1, 2011

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You were AWESOME, Linda! Thanks for making the FARE experience valuable for our attendees! Thank you!

 

Kristi B. Prior, Director of EduNetworking

CSP Information Group

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April 2011

On behalf of Restaurant Leadership 2011 and its attendees, THANK YOU!   Your seminar, ”Restaurant Marketing Leadership Insights”, with Pei Wei, Kona Grill and Tilted Kilt brand leaders on your panel, has received exceptional feedback!  Thank you for all!

 

I look forward to working with you in 2012.

 

Respectfully,

 

David Jobe,

President

Leadership Conferences | CSP Information Group

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Hello Linda,

 

I am one of the owners of Uptown Brothers Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. I attended your wonderful seminar at the Shamrock Food Show in October. I have incorporated many of your wonderful ideas into our marketing strategies and they have proved very successful, to which I am very thankful.

 

You were gracious enough to offer sending your email sign up form at the seminar. I hope that offer still stands? We are now ready to begin brewing on premise and roll out our loyalty beer club. Would you be so kind as to email me this template? It would be greatly appreciated!

 

If/when you are in Denver again, please consider this my invitation to you to stop by and have lunch and one of our 32 craft beers (or any beverage of your choice) on us. I hope to see you soon.

 

Thank you for sharing your template, it will be most helpful to me.

 

Cheers,

 

Nancy Lumbye, Owner/Partner

Uptown Brothers Brewing Company

July 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

I have now been in your audience three times and have been impressed each and every time with your energy, ideas and the way you keep your audience interested. The first was at our Kickoff Meeting in January this year and you were able to keep all 200 Territory Managers riveted! Then I attended two of our Tools to Thrive Seminars with our customers. Wow, my customers were impressed! You gave me the opportunity to give my customers something no one else has --- some great marketing ideas and renewed energy at a time when it is needed more than ever.

 

Thank you for helping and being a part of my customers plan to "get more people in their doors!!"

 

Sincerely,

Nancy Lyon, Territory Manager,  US Food Service

June 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you for helping us make the 2010 Pizza Executive Summit a stellar event! Your support of the summit and personal contribution in leading the Brand Building Workshop helped set the stage for a compelling educational track of topics.

 

We had an abundant amount of positive comments and feedback from our attendees regarding the overall wealth of information shared with them. To that end, we were able to provide an environment where our attendees could learn to Collaborate, Innovate and Accelerate!

 

Again, your time and commitment is very much appreciated.

 

Elaine Ashcraft

Operations Manager, Pizza Executive Summit 2010

May 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

NRA Show 2010 is the talk of the industry. Based upon all reports, the Show’s energy and excitement were outstanding. That lift was well reflected by the 11.2% growth in attendee registration. Moreover, restaurateurs and other operators enthusiastically connected with the products, services, information and contacts they need to improve their businesses. Thank you for participating in the 2010 education program and helping deliver the information and create that success. Sincerely,

 

Greg Kirrish

Vice President – Convention Marketing, National Restaurant Association

May 2010

 

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Dear Linda,

 

"Thank You Linda! Your seminar had over 325 in attendance and customer response has been extremely positive. Customers left with not only an overall appreciation for the importance of Marketing but with ideas to implement into their own establishments. Thanks again for all your hard work and enthusiasm!"

 

John Brennan

Director of Marketing & Training, Food Services of America

April 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

"Thank you! Thank you! For your tenacity and creation of an awesome panel! You helped make this year’s Restaurant Leadership conference a great event."

 

Kay Segal, Vice President

CSP Information Group, Restaurant Leadership Conference

 

Carol Walden

Speaker Liaison, CSP Leadership Conferences

February 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you for speaking to our audience this February. I have heard from several of the participants and they found your marketing tips helpful to their business. The found your presentation very dynamic and inspirational. I personally learned a few new tips to share with the restaurateurs’ I help who complain about business being slow. I thank you for sharing!  I look forward to having you back in 2010.

 

Nicole O'Rourke, CFSP

Southern California Gas Co. Food Service Marketing Coordinator

January 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

U.S. Foodservice of San Francisco has spent the last few years truly trying to share with our sales force and customers ways that can be "thinking, going and taking it beyond". Our tagline "Your Partner Beyond the Plate" is an essential guideline to help our customers thrive and not just survive.

 

As we continue to look for new ideas to share with our customers to allow them every opportunity to succeed, your presentation hit it out of the park. As with so many presentations, the obvious opportunities to be a true partner are right in front of us but we miss them until someone presents them to us effectively. You managed to do just that with your energy, real life examples and very specific direction available in Recipes for Restaurateurs. Thank you for giving us the yet another "tool" to introduce to our valued partners.

 

Michael J. Cala

Director of Marketing U.S. Foodservice of San Francisco

January 2010

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Dear Linda,

 

You were the Keynote Speaker at our 2010 Kick-Off Meeting and no one thought you could entertain our 200 sales people for 90 minutes—you did it! Your presentation was the best and your book is a must-have for all of my restaurant operator clients. Hope to see you again soon!

 

Robin Popst

US Foodservice San Francisco Division

October 2009

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you for making the time to come speak to our group at Cal Berkeley’s Haas Business School, PR@Cal.

 

You are a dynamo and a great speaker.  Thank you again.  We all learned so much!

 

Melissa and Amber

PR @CAL Co-Presidents

October 2009

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Hi Linda,

 

Just wanted to thank you again for putting the seafood panel together for this year’s 2009 annual convention in San Diego. They were excellent.  I heard lots of comments about how down to earth their commentary was.  And you brought the whole thing into a beautifully-executed presentation for our lunchtime event.  Many thanks from all of us!

 

Carol Lally, Executive Director

IFEC (International Foodservice Editorial Council)

www.ifeconline.com

 

 

August 2009

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you for being at FARE and contributing to our event.  What a terrific presentation.  You were not only extremely right on with your discussion points but super passionate and very funny. We have also been getting lots of praise about you!  It must be gratifying to know you connected so deeply with your audience.  Thanks so much Linda.

 

Kristi B. Prior, Director of Education & Meeting Content

CSP Information Group

August 2009

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Thanks for assisting us this year as keynote, we’re grateful for your contribution.   You did a terrific job educating and inspiring our group and meshing the commercial with the non commercial.   What a great speaker… I always admire individuals who can keep the crowd interested.  Your humor and style were right on.

 

Thank You,

 

Peter Truitt

CEO, Truitt Brothers

Founder Northwest Sustainability Tour

July 2009

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to lead three of our education sessions at the 2009 Southwest Foodservice Expo. Your input and expertise was instrumental in providing quality sessions to foodservice professionals and giving them ideas to stay current and up on the latest industry trends. Thank you again for making the Southwest Foodservice Expo a tremendous success!

 

Best regards,

 

Rosalind Anderson

CMP Conference-Housing Specialist

April 2009

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Dear Linda,

 

On behalf of the members of the annual restaurant industry conference and UCLA Extension, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for joining us at last week’s conference.  I truly appreciate how busy you are and am most grateful that you were able to make the time to participate in the “Using Social Media” educational session.  I know that the conference attendees benefited from your insights and ideas you brought.

 

With kind regards,

 

Madge Claybion,

Program Director

Leadership, Communications and Marketing

UCLA Extension

March 2009

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Hi Linda,

Thank you for all of your hard work at the New York International Restaurant Show last weekend.  Your three sessions “Fast Casual”, “Turning Vendors into Partners” and “Four Star Restaurant Marketing” were great, and I enjoyed meeting your panelists.  We appreciate the effort that goes into coordinating the panel discussions you put together.  Your support of the regions #1 event made for another successful year and we look forward to having you participate at our next show.

 

Ron Mathews

Industry Vice President

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum

January 2009

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Linda,

 

Thanks so much for coming out to be our Keynote Speaker at our 2009 Kick-Off Meeting for US Foodservice; everyone really was pumped to share your message with their customers.

 

Debbie Usery, V.P. Marketing

US Foodservice Denver Division

November 2008

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Dear Linda,

Thanks for making an excellent presentation to our team.  It was very relevant and informative. The books should be mandatory reading for all restaurant owners and managers.

 

Ken Otto

Executive Vice President

Boston Pizza International Inc.

August 2008

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A sincere thank you for your participation and all of your efforts during the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum at the recent Western and Florida Foodservice Shows.  We appreciate your dedication to the foodservice industry in your area of expertise and your contribution to making the conference program a success. We look forward to having you as a speaker at our New York International Restaurant show in March 2009.

 

Terri Sheridan

Conference Manager

Reed Exhibitions Companies

June 2007

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Linda,

Thank you for being such an amazing force of nature! You continue to astound me with your genuine jest for life, the industry and your marketing savvy. My sincere gratitude for all you have done for me and the NRA in 2007.

 

Best Always,

 

John Abels

Manager, Education & Culinary Programs

National Restaurant Association

April 2007

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Dear Linda,

 

Thank you very much for being a featured speaker at our 2007 Wine Country Food & Beverage Symposium in Napa on April 3rd. We had a very positive day of training and engagement.

 

Some of the 100+ attendees have personally mentioned your seminar and expressed how much they learned about building their customer base, creating awareness, initiating trial and building repeat business.

We hope to have you back next year as our Keynote speaker! Thanks Linda!

 

Charlie Monahan, Wine Country Food & Beverage Symposium Program Coordinator

Napa Valley College Hospitality Institute

 

 

January 2007

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Ms. Duke is among the highest-rated speakers by attendee feedback from our previous Shows and is a much respected marketing professional in this industry. We are pleased to have her back as a featured speaker for our 2007 annual conference in May.

 

Mary Pat Heftman, Senior Vice President Convention

National Restaurant Association

September 2006

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Linda,

 

Thank you so much for presenting at the 2006 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, August 26 - 28th. We have been receiving very enthusiastic positive feedback about your session. Thank you for being a part of making our educational sessions the best year ever!

 

Kathie Griley, Director of Industry Education

California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

August 2006

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Dear Linda,

 

We are extremely excited to have you back again this year to share your great experiences and have the opportunity for our attendees from all over the world benefit from your expertise at our 9th Annual Americas Food & Beverage Conference.

 

Miami is the major gateway to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, and a growing number of businesses yearn to enjoy the benefits of increased trade and commerce. This annual tradeshow provides opportunities for two-way trade and education, and your key-note is sure to be well attended.

 

Charlotte Gallogly, President, World Trade Center Miami

December 2006

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The entire NetWorld Alliance and Fast Casual magazine team would like to extend our sincere thanks for your participation in the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Pasadena, CA December 2006. It was a great pleasure to have you as one of our presenters. We thought it was an extremely productive and enlightening meeting, and we hope that you found it valuable as well.

 

We plan to send out a recap of the event not only to you, but also to the top brand executives in the fast casual segment who were unable to attend. We will also be sending a survey, as suggested by the group, to the top brands to solicit their input regarding topics and content for the 2007 Summit, for our planning purposes. We expect to announce a date and location for the 2007 Fast Casual Executive Summit by February, and we hope that we can count on your support and participation as a presenter at the next Summit in 2007.

 

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous year in 2007.

 

Paul Barron

EVP/ Publisher Networld Alliance, LLC

December 2006

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We where impressed by your presentation at the Miami International Food & Beverage show, and are thrilled about your agreement to participate in our annual conference at Feria Alimentaria, the largest food and beverage show and conference in Central America held, July 2nd- July 4th, 2007, at the Gran Tikal Futura Hotel and Convención Centre in Guatemala

 

Local Store Marketing and public relations opportunities are great to develop new plans for our restaurant operators. The subject is important and relevant for our attending organizations.

 

We will send your arrangements soon. Looking forward to seeing you in Guatemala in July!

 

Peter Meng, President, Feria Alimentaria Committee

May 2006

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Dear Linda:

I want to offer my sincere thanks for your participation as a speaker in Bulldog Reporter's Media Relations 2006 conference in April in New York.

 

As you know, this conference is our industry's largest summit focused on media relations. It attracted more than 600 high-level attendees and speakers. As you no doubt gathered, this event was one of the most successful and well-attended conferences Bulldog Reporter has ever produced. Indeed, our feedback on the event has been overwhelmingly positive, something we owe in large part to you!

 

Thanks for your willingness to share valuable time, strategies and wisdom with our attendees at this historic conference.

 

On behalf of our publisher Jim Sinkinson and the entire team here at Bulldog Reporter, as well as our generous sponsors, exhibitors, and all of our attendees, we look forward to working with you again.

 

Thanks for your help, now and in the future.

 

Best regards,

Fay Shapiro

Group Publisher, Conference Manager

Media Relations 2006

March 2006

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Dear Linda:

 

I wanted to thank you for your thoughtful note following our conference. And, more importantly, I wanted to express our appreciation for your participation in the Conference itself. I have received tremendous feedback on the Marketing Breakout Sessions that you conducted. As a result of having an outstanding array of guest speakers, partnered with strong, content-filled corporate presentations, our 2006 Franchisee Conference was a great success.

 

Thanks again for helping us make our 2006 Franchise Conference a milestone event for our company.

 

Regards,

 

Jim Treliving

Chairman & Founder

Boston's The Gourmet Pizza

2005

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Dear Linda,

 

You are one of our favorite speakers at the San Diego State University's American Marketing Association chapter. All our attendees truly love your advice and knowledge in the field of marketing. There isn't a better way for our members to learn marketing than from one who teaches, practices, and loves marketing. Please let me know if you are interested in speaking again this semester, which I truly hope you do.

 

Thanks for everything!

 

Darissa Frausto, President

SDSU American Marketing Association

2004

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First off, many thanks to you for being part of this year's conference program in New York City. The three shows Kosherfest, Expo Comida Latina and All Asia Foods co-located together turned out to be quite the event!

 

I appreciate all of your efforts and expertise in your specific field, and there is no doubt I will contact you all for future speaking opportunities. (Give us a few months as Jenn and I need to tackle another three shows between now and December.)

 

Thanks again!

 

Kim Monaghan, Conference Manager

Expo Comida Latina

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“Thank you for your enthusiasm and truly informative presentations at the Americas Food and Beverage Show. Per the evaluations, you were a hit both times! I truly enjoyed meeting you and appreciate your continued support.»

 

 

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19th Americas Food & Beverage Trade Show and Conference, World Trade Center Miami

October 2015

“On behalf of our team and attendees, thank you for your participation as our part of our Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum speaking faulty at the recent Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. We had great feedback on your presentations from our attendees and they were engaged and interested in the knowledge and advice you had to share. Thank you so much.”

 

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Conference & Marketing Manager, Urban Expositions – Foodservice Portfolio

August 2015

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Thank you so much for your participation in The Flavor Experience.  Marketing is always on peoples’ minds.  We appreciate the time and energy you took to prepare and present.

 

Sharyn W. Iler,

President, BSI Conferences Inc.

June 2015

"We wanted to thank you for your participation and contribution to the success of the 2015 FARE Conference. It was such a pleasure to have you as a speaker. Again, thank you very much and we hope you enjoyed FARE!"

 

Maddie Rollason,

Manager, Meetings & Events, FARE 2015,

CSP Business Media, LLC

February 2015

“Linda did an outstanding job delivering her “Brand Under Fire” session at our recent conference for the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers. Potentially damaging news can spread like wildfire due to viral videos and other social media, so managing fast-developing crises has unfortunately become a much bigger responsibility for not only Marketing Departments, but also Training Departments in many organizations. We are often called upon to provide media training for executives, and we are often the ones who work with the operational management teams to ensure that they understand what to say and how to react if the 5:00 news shows up at their door. Linda’s workshop expertly covered numerous strategies to help provide the right kind of training in our companies and safeguard the reputations of the brands that we have all works so hard to develop.”

 

Patrick Yearout,

Director of Recruiting and Training at Ivar's Restaurants

February 2015

“All we can say about the tour is WOW! You nailed every detail of the Food & Wine Immersion Tour! From all the great information you provided about the region, to the gift bags for attendees...everything! You two are the essence of hospitality. You are great ambassadors for CHART. Thanks again for everything you did to make this conference especially memorable for everyone.”

 

Lisa Marovec,

CHART, Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers

March 2015

"On behalf of the America Frozen Food Institute thank you for speaking at the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in San Diego, CA. Your insightful and engaging presentation during the event was very well received by our members and very much appreciated by all those in attendance. Thank you for sharing your time and perspective with us”

 

Donna Garren, PhD. VP

American Frozen Food Institute

April 2013

On behalf of the advisory board and UCLA Extension, I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to you for the 17th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference. We are most grateful for your time and effort for your session Brand Evolution. I know the conference attendees benefited from your wealth of insights and actionable lessons you shared to the standing room only crowd!

 

Van Anderson,

Program Director, UCLA Extension.

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