David Henkes is a Vice President at Technomic, Inc. and is responsible for directing strategic consulting and research assignments for supplier, operator and trade association clients active in the food and beverage industries. His specific responsibilities include client development, industry and competitive research, project oversight, study design, analysis of research findings and client reporting. He is also the Executive Director of Technomic’s Adult Beverage Insights Group and oversees the firm’s On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Practice.
Industry Consulting/Research Experience
Since joining the firm in 1996, Dave has managed a wide variety of proprietary and multiclient engagements, both domestic and international. His range of experience is wide and includes market and strategic planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, opportunity analyses, acquisition due diligence evaluations, new product evaluation and concept testing, usage/attitude analyses, and distribution systems analyses. He has also moderated numerous professional and consumer focus groups on food and related topics.
Before joining Technomic, Dave gained international food experience working with Nestle Germany in Frankfurt, Germany. With his international experience, Dave has conducted studies in many European countries as well as Mexico and Canada. Prior to his food industry work he also worked as a federal investigator in Washington, DC.
Speaking Engagements/Professional Associations:
Dave is a well-known commentator on the food and beverage industry and has appeared on Fox Business, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, and First Business, among others. He has been cited by a wide variety of sources, including Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Reuter’s and Associated Press syndicated articles, as well as industry trade magazines such as Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurants & Institutions, Beverage Industry Magazine, QSR Magazine and others.
Dave has been a featured speaker at a number of industry events, conferences and symposiums, including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA) Forecast and Outlook and Introduction to Foodservice Fundamentals seminars, the Flavor Experience conference, the National Restaurant Association Show, the Nightclub & Bar annual trade show, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies State of the Industry seminar, Technomic’s Adult Beverage Insights Group and Foodservice Planning Program client meetings, Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club (CFMC) luncheons, corporate national sales meetings, and other industry client functions.
Dave is a member of the editorial advertising boards of Hotel F&B Magazine and Questex Publishing/Nightclub & Bar Magazine and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. He is also the immediate past president of the University of Illinois/Chicago Business Alumni Association.
Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington,DC and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Illinois/Chicago.