Helping people be the best they can be.
Rich Rores has been working with and nurturing people his entire life. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, he spent his younger years working in his family's restaurant. After high school, he attended Niagara University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Hotel Restaurant Management. From there, he attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and Schiller International University in France. Rich worked for years in professional kitchens as a working Chef and Certified Executive Chef in Europe as well as New York.
Eventually, Rich decided to get out of the kitchen so he could spend more time managing P&Ls and business development. After working with different companies, he landed a position as general manager with a hotel management company, and he spent the next eight years opening and managing high-volume hotels. Then, 14 years ago, he and his wife, Dawn, started Sandman Gourmet, a corporate catering and restaurant business in Columbus, Ohio. They've been running the company ever since. He has served on many boards and is involved with various charities as well.
A personal wake-up call
With a wife, two growing boys and a business of his own, Rich's life was moving quickly. Then, with almost no warning, he got a wake-up call like no other. Rich landed in the hospital with a damaged aortic valve that led to open heart surgery and an infection that kept him out of work and on the mend for months. During that time of recuperation and soul-searching, he developed a clearer perspective of his life moving forward. That's when he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional coach. For the past 7 years rich has been coached, trained and mentored by the best in the coaching industry and has developed a solid coaching and consulting practice.
If the move from Chef to Hotel General Manager to Successful business owner to Coach seems like a career leap, it's not. Through it all, Rich has been managing, consulting and working with people, and his people skills are top-notch. Both at the corporate level and as an entrepreneur, Rich has helped hundreds of individuals develop and grow their careers. Today, as a professional coach, he is using those skills to help executives and other individuals excel both personally and professionally.
Rich spends most of his free time with family. He and Dawn have been married for more than two decades, and they live in Galena, OHIO with their two teenage sons, Christopher and Niko. A former rugby player, a business owner, and an executive chef who makes his own knives as a hobby, Rich is passionate about his family, his business—and coaching people.