Advisory Council

Louis S. Grande Jr.

SVP of Information Technology

Red Lobster

Lou Grande is an Information Technology Executive with over 25 years of experience in creating shareholder value and operational effectiveness through technology.  He has worked for organizations of all shapes and sizes, from "mid-market" to Fortune Global 500 companies.  He has broad experience in all aspects of system operations, IT governance, support services, compliance and development, and direct experience with IT strategy, project implementation, team organization and technology consulting.

His industry experience includes foodservice/hospitality, retail and management consulting where Lou gained a solid reputation among colleagues, business partners and customers alike as an executive with a rare balance of strategic insight, operational expertise, technical skills, financial skills, and sales and marketing savvy.

Grande holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in Atlanta.  Lou is an Advisory Council Member of FSTec, Chairman of the International Food & Beverage Technology Association, a Board Director of SIM Central Florida, a Founding Board Member of the Orlando Regional Technology Association, and a past Board Member and active participant of the NRA IT Executive Study Group.  He is also a five time repeat mentor for Pathbuilders’ Achieva program in Atlanta.




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