President / CEO
Ned Barker founded Grill Ventures after a successful run as VP for F&B Franchise Services at IHG. He is strategic and analytical, but mostly he makes things happen. Programs he developed years ago are found in more than two thousand hotels today and are cornerstones of their hotel brands. He wrote or re-wrote the F&B Standards for several hotel brands and engaged the IHG franchise community through the creation of the F&B Council. He is passionate about management through teaching, which requires both training and measurement, supported by feedback and reward.
Grill Ventures International specializes in developing / implementing F&B solutions for hotels, hotel chains, restaurant chains and management companies. More recently Ned assisted with a food waste prevention initiative, working with the AH&LA F&B and Sustainability Committees, and with the World Wildlife Fund. The initiative transformed into the HotelKitchen.org resource. Ned has continued to work on food waste prevention projects, with engagements from Metro (OregonMetro.gov) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org).