Bill Hansen, a 45-year catering veteran, is widely recognized as a giant in the catering industry. Creative thinking, innovation, and good old-fashioned hard work have made Bill a leader in every facet of the profession. He caters, coordinates, trains, teaches, mentors, motivates, manages, and writes.
Bill began his catering career in the mid-1960s, while attending the renowned School of Hotel Management at Cornell University. The young entrepreneur sold sandwiches, snacks, soda, and beer to pay for his tuition and board. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration in 1967. Bill’s military service as an officer included managing high-end Officers’ Clubs and Quarters at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Bill moved to South Florida in 1975 and started his own catering business (Bill’s Catering) in 1980 while he was also managing The Miami Club, Miami’s most prestigious luncheon club. Bill Hansen Catering, a luxury catering company, quickly became the standard by which all upscale South Florida caterers are measured. He earned a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University, one of the nation’s highest rated schools for hospitality management and tourism. He has also been a part-time professor at FIU since 1990 up to this very day.
Hansen’s book, Off-Premise Catering Management, is a textbook that is widely considered to be the definitive text for catering. It is used as a reference for certification by the National Association of Catering Executives and as a textbook at universities around the country including Cornell, FIU and the University of Houston. He is also a columnist for Catersource, a keynote speaker at national conferences for caterers and his second book on catering made its way to bookstore shelves in early 2014.
Bill is a member of the Miami Beach and Coconut Grove Chambers of Commerce, a Founding Board member at Mount Sinai Hospital on Miami Beach, on the advisory board for the South Florida chapter of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a University of Miami Citizens Board Member, Founder of Focus Miami (a non-profit to bring more summer wedding & event business to the Greater Miami area) and Co-Founder (with his wife Terry) of Own Your Own Future, a non-profit to inspire teenagers in Bill’s hometown of Holland, New York to start their own small businesses and help the local economy.