Sam La Duca – Assistant Professor I of Hospitality Management
A passion for hospitality runs in the La Duca family. When his family relocated from New York to Boca Raton, Florida to pursue the restaurant business, Sam was introduced at the tender age of 11 to all facets of food service. He assisted in opening two seafood restaurants in south Florida, working every position from dishwasher to host, server to bartender.
He obtained his Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from Valencia Community College in Orlando, while working for the Walt Disney Company specializing in Outdoor Food and Beverage. He went on to manage Clamsters restaurant for nine years, and assisted in the opening of Saddle Jacks, another family-owned restaurant in central Florida. LaDuca relocated to Oregon with his family in 2004, progressing with employer Red Robin from Server to General Manager in three years. After two years, he and his team were among the top 10 percent in sales of 450 franchisees nationwide. La Duca believes successful food service depends on developing strong connections with guests and exceeding their dining expectations.