Ron Blum

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2009

Ron Blum

Contact Info


Ron Blum’s experience includes more than 12 years' experience with Darden Restaurants, serving in both back- and front-of-house management positions. He also worked as sales manager and training point person for the director of operation’s nine stores in New England.

Blum also worked for Decas Cranberry Products as quality assurance manager, where he supervised the quality assurance department and the quality control lab.

Blum owns his own consulting business, The Organizational Guru, where he offers organizational and technology solutions for business and residential clients. He also holds seminars on tips for high school students on transitioning to college and with elderly clients looking to downsize.

Certified Hospitality Educator
National Restaurant Association, Serve Safe Alchohol Instructor
National Restaurant Association, Food Safety Manager


  • M.S., Johnson & Wales University
  • B.A., Mercyhurst College

"The restaurant, food and beverage industry is always changing — whether it’s the food, the ideas or the technology behind what people are doing.”

Teaching Interests

Human Resources

Hospitality Technology


  • Technology in the Food & Beverage Industry
  • Food Service & Hospitality Strategic Marketing
  • Food Service Management Systems & Human Resource Applications
  • Advanced Food Service Operations Management
  • Food and Beverage Technology & Application Systems
  • Food & Beverage Human Resources

Extra Curricular Roles

Faculty Advisor for Alpha Epsilon Pi


Professional Affiliations

Rhode Island Hospitality Association
Food Service Technology Advisory Board
American Culinary Federation
International Food and Beverage Association
Advisory Board for FSTEC (Food Service Technology Conference)

Q&A with Ron

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I have been a part of the Food and Beverage Industry since my first job as a Bus Boy in a local restaurant. From there I attended Mercyhurst University majoring in Hotel/Restaurant Management, then attending Johnson & Wales University for my masters.

Following my masters degree I joined Darden Restaurants in operations moving onto Quality Assurance with Decas Cranberry Products.

In 2009 I joined Johnson & Wales and the rest is history!

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

When I see a student have their aha moment. I know then that they get it.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Most of us get one chance at going to college.

Pick where you want to attend and study what makes you feel good.

There is usually no second time around.

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management