Executive Partner/Vice President of Risk Operations
Carrol Symank is an Executive Partner and Vice President of Risk Operations for Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. Symank oversees sanitation programs for more than 130 restaurants and works to maintain the company’s high standards of providing safe, wholesome food. Symank heads the Risk Management Department, which focuses on all matters of guest and employee health and safety.
Symank has a diverse background in the hospitality industry as he started working in restaurants in his hometown of Houston, Texas and from there, his career took him to New York and eventually to Chicago, where he started with Lettuce in 1988 with a focus in training. He was quickly promoted to Director of Training and in this position he opened more than 30 restaurants. Symank was named a Partner and became the Vice President of Training in 2001. In 2003, he took over the food safety programs at Lettuce. Currently under his supervision are the operations of food safety, sanitation, general liability, security, workers compensation, insurance and customer service.
Symank has a passion for the industry and enjoys his work with both employees and guests. He prides himself on being able to turn negative situations into positive ones. His adopted motto is “work hard and be nice to people.”
Symank is married and has two children. His wife, Cheryl Baran Symank is also employed with Lettuce. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. The couple loves dining out but entertaining at home proves to be a way for Symank and his wife to shift gears from work, while still doing something they love.