Tucker grew up in the food service industry. First working at his family’s food distribution business serving 4 states in the Midwest. From there he went on to start several restaurants and cafes in Kansas City where he learned food service operations. Always the entrepreneur, he later went on to create a company to help serve the independent Senior Living Communities with a new model of a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Tucker found his passion in helping caregivers manage their communities through cost management services and providing food service operations with the tools to improve patient and resident satisfaction. He understood that Hospitality and Culinary Arts to be the cornerstones to a successful culture in healthcare communities. Tucker enjoys being personally involved with our clients in coaching them in their overall Business Strategy, Staff Learning & Development Strategies, Marketing Strategies and any other creative demands they dream up.
VP of Educational Development (Co-Founder)
Greg has been working on hospitality, healthcare and restaurant development projects for over 15 years. Prior to that, he worked for over 14 years in hotel and resort management positions from Restaurant Manager to Banquet Manager to Hotel General Manger. He is an experienced coach and consultant whose goal is to improve food service in Healthcare through a holistic approach by enhancing employee engagement, process improvement, kitchen and dining room design and proper investment. Greg is a former Executive Chef and Chef Instructor at Johnson and Wales University.
Director of Technology
Scott brings 15 years of experience in software engineering and architecture as well as 8 years of project management and digital marketing. He oversees all of the Pineapple Academy’s technology initiatives as well supporting our clients in developing business processes and automation. With Scott’s help our goal is at the Pineapple Academy is to provide a “best-in-class” client experience when it comes to satisfying the needs of the individual. A flexible, easy to use solution is always our strategy when it comes to our clients technologies needs. Scott is also a devoted husband and father of 3. He enjoys gardening, fishing and wood working.
Samantha has a deep understanding of the importance of hospitality, food preparation/presentation and working with people. Raised in her family’s retail and restaurant businesses, she acquired this valuable knowledge from a very young age. The belief that “presentation is everything” drives Samantha to strive for excellence in all she does to create outstanding results for her clients. With 28 years of experience in event planning and coordination, she knows what it takes to put together a top-notch production and enjoys every aspect of the process. This applies to her approach in video production as well. Attention to detail is key to ensuring success. From content development, script writing, lighting, sound, ambiance, attire and energy to all that happens in postproduction, every aspect is critical to effectively deliver the intended message and create a video worth watching. Her knowledge and experience translate perfectly to align her strengths, skills and passions to support our clients needs for engaging food service content.