CEO, Puccini Group
Bob Puccini knows what makes social spaces and restaurants successful. Companies such as Fairmont, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Ritz Carlton, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts come to Bob because they know he understands the business from every perspective. Responsible for designing and remodeling over 1,000 restaurants worldwide, Bob translates client goals into winning concepts, earning him a stellar reputation and many longtime clients. Before founding Puccini Group in 1996, he served as Partner and Senior Vice President for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for ten years during their expansion from 4 to 35 restaurants throughout the United States. Today, Kimpton remains one of Puccini Group’s closest clients.
Recognized as an industry expert, Bob is an internationally sought after speaker and has graced hotel investment conferences in as far as Berlin, Macau, Mumbai, Dubai, Istanbul, and Beijing. With current projects around the globe and in his home city of San Francisco, Bob currently belongs to both the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and the Food Service Consultant’s Society International. He was named the Anti-Defamation League’s Food and Wine Industry Person of the year and won the prestigious Platinum Circle award from Hospitality Design in 2006.
Bob relishes his role as a leader in the restaurant industry and its community and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association and the Board of Advisors at University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management program. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from San Diego State University and spent 1969 in Brazil with the Peace Corps.
With over forty years in the hospitality industry, Bob’s love for restaurants has helped Puccini Group become the niche market leader for hotel F&B outlets, across concepts, design, branding, marketing and operations.