Mr. Nicholas CastaldoLecturer of Marketing
His imprint is on several famous, innovative business strategies, such as the introduction of “every day value-pricing” for the Denny's Grand Slam breakfast and the famous “flamebroiling vs. frying” battle of the burgers between Burger King and McDonald's. But Nick Castaldo is perhaps most well-known in the business community for his impressive turnaround of Pollo Tropical, a popular, Miami-based restaurant chain. During his eight years as president, Pollo Tropical doubled in sales and cash flow and ranked number one in average store sales and profit in its market segment.
His 25-year business career, which includes executive and management positions with companies such as Denny's, Burger King, S & A Restaurant Corporation, Citicorp, and Clairol, provides him with plenty of content for his lively classroom. “Most successful business people are strong communicators, and I stress these skills with my students,” said Castaldo. “My goal is to create a classroom atmosphere of discussion and debate using case studies, role-playing, and real-world problem-solving.” His current venture as president and equity partner in a start-up restaurant concept—Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza—provides a personal case study to which students can relate, as many are also customers.