Andrew is an executive leader with over 25 years experience in the retail, hospitality and restaurant industries. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for The Learning Experience, the nation’s fastest growing early learning academy for children. As well as, sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way, New York City and Society of Fellows
Andrew is an executive leader with over 25 years experience in the retail, hospitality and restaurant industries. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for The Learning Experience, the nation’s fastest growing early learning academy for children. As well as, sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way, New York City and Society of Fellows at the Culinary Institute of America.
He most recently enjoyed an impressive 15 years at Starbucks Coffee Company having joined them in their earlier days of 1999. During his time at Starbucks he served in a number of executive roles most recently as Senior Vice President, US Business.
Andrew was a pivotal leader that helped architect the company’s rapid growth, specifically in some of the country's more high profile complex markets. Markets that included Chicago, Boston, Washington, as well as the Starbucks flagship market of New York. During this time these markets saw record growth in same stores sales and profits. He was also a key member of the leadership team that helped lead the US Business out of the company's downturn in 2008.
Throughout his tenure Andrew consistently demonstrated the ability to build high performing teams, has key strengths in developing talent, org design, brand building, market strategy and had direct P&L responsibilities with revenue in excess of $3B.
He is a high energy, driven leader that motivates and encourages others to exceed expectations while valuing individual contributions, unique backgrounds and experiences. Beyond his people legacy, he has developed a strong reputation for building brands in both new and existing markets while consistently increasing shareholder value.
Andrew grew up on Long Island and it is also where he and his wife raised their three children. He maintains a home in New York and currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family, traveling, dining and is active in many recreational sport activities.
Chief Operating Officer @ From 2015 to Present (less than a year) Fellow @ From 2015 to Present (less than a year) Member Board of Directors @ From 2014 to Present (1 year) Greater New York City AreaSenior Vice President @ Responsible for leading and supporting Starbucks partners, business and building the brand in company operated and license stores within the US Business From 2012 to 2015 (3 years) Regional Vice President, New York Metro @ From 2008 to 2012 (4 years) Regional Vice President, Midwest @ From 2007 to 2008 (1 year) Director Business Operations @ Director of Business Operations, East Division, Retail North America From 2006 to 2007 (1 year) Regional Director of Operations @ From 2001 to 2006 (5 years) District Manager @ From 1999 to 2001 (2 years) Area Operations Manager @ From 1995 to 1999 (4 years) Area Manager @ From 1989 to 1995 (6 years) Food Production Manager @ From 1989 to 1990 (1 year)
AOS, Restaurant/Food Services Management @ Culinary Institute of America From 1985 to 1987 GED, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services @ Connetquot High School From 1982 to 1985 Andrew Alfano is skilled in: Multi-unit, Inventory Management, Retail, Income Statement, Profit, Recruiting, Management, Multi-Unit Management, Leadership, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Business Planning, Customer Experience, Customer Satisfaction, Team Building, Board of Directors
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