Kirk Rodriguez’s work history and expertise encompass over 28 years in the food and hospitality industry. Kirk is currently the Director of Hospitality Services, at Texas Tech University, a role he has had since 2015. His responsibilities center on building and developing successful performing teams that focus on ensuring operational excellence in the delivery of over 27,000 meals per day, across 50-plus foodservice operations that include; multi-concept food courts, mini-markets and Express Kiosks, various nationally branded concepts, multiple retail venues, AYCE residential dining, StrEat, a mobile food truck, and a high volume catering operation–Top Tier Catering.
Kirk possesses a wealth of operational, fiscal management, planning and labor, and employee relational skills, and he is an active member of NACUFS (National Association of College and University Food Services, where he is currently the immediate past president of the association. He is an active participant in various industry-related associations and highly involved on several advisory boards, representing the College & University segment of the foodservice industry. His background provides a balanced ability to couple the use of industry insights and customer service, accountability, and excellence that contribute to the experience and success of students. Kirk is also actively involved in his local community, participating and supporting the local food bank and meals on wheels.