Ted's extensive background in the restaurant business - combined with his early experience growing up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Michigan - serve as a solid foundation for his commitment to teaching kids to create healthy meals in an era of fast-food, childhood obesity and poor physical conditioning. Personal achievements, entrepreneurial skills, business leadership, mentoring and educational ventures have marked each step of his career and community contributions. Ted was on the boards of the Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association (10 years as Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee), Illinois Employers Association, Chicago chapters of the Young Presidents Organization and the World's Presidents Organization amongst others.