Darren Tristano Biography
Darren Tristano is CEO for global foodservice data and insights firm CHD Expert Americas. A trend expert in the foodservice industry. He provides industry insights and perspectives on consumer and menu trends, restaurant chain and concept growth and market performance and intelligence.
Darren co-founded Technomic Information Services with Ron Paul and held the title of Chief Insights Officer at Technomic, Inc. Since 1993, Darren has also served as President, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President leading the development and growth of Technomic’s Information Services division, while also serving in a strategic capacity directing multiple aspects of Technomic’s ongoing operations.
Industry Experience and Expertise
Darren was responsible for leading Technomic’s Operator Consulting and Research Practice. He also led the development of industry tracking services and reports that foodservice executives rely on for market intelligence. These “industry standard” sources include the Digital Resource Library, MenuMonitor, Consumer Access, Consumer Restaurant Brand Metrics and PriceMonitor services.
For more than twenty years, he led advisory group services for Technomic’s operator and supplier clients. These groups have been essential to maintaining close contact with the industry and providing unparalleled access to frontline industry issues.
Industry leaders are kept informed of key metrics developed by Darren’s work in financial analysis and forecasting. Many of these reports are familiar titles to industry veterans, including the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Top 100 Fast Casual Chains and the Leading Growth Chain Report, leading initiatives to expand Technomic’s operator knowledgebase in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Darren also served as group publisher of Technomic’s Consumer Trend Reports and conferences including Technomic’s Restaurant Trends & Directions, Consumer Trends & Directions.
Specializing in major national restaurant chain concept and menu development, as well as smaller emerging regional chains, he is often quoted in trade, news and business media, including MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Fast Compnay, Inc. Magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, Franchise Times, Restaurant Business, QSR Magazine and numerous other online and print newspapers and trade press.
Darren is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Culinary Institute of America, Restaurant Leadership Conference, Propel Information, NACS, National Restaurant Association, FARE, Outlook Leadership, Global Restaurant Leadership Conference and Technomic Trends & Directions Events.
Darren earned his B.S. degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant.