Lou is an Information Technology Executive with over 35 years of experience in creating shareholder value and operational effectiveness through business process reengineering, IT and business alignment, and technology implementation. He has worked for organizations of all shapes and sizes, from small business, "mid-market" to Fortune Global 500 companies. He has broad experience in all aspects of system operations, IT governance, support services, compliance and development, and direct experience with IT strategy, project implementation, team organization and technology consulting.
His industry experience includes foodservice/hospitality, retail and management consulting where Lou gained a solid reputation among colleagues, business partners and customers alike as an executive with a rare balance of strategic insight, operational expertise, technical skills, financial skills, customer service and sales and marketing savvy.
Grande holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Lou is an Advisory Council Member of FSTec, Immediate Past Chair of the International Food & Beverage Technology Association, a Board Member and active participant of the NRA IT Expert Exchange, and an active member of SIM Central Florida and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. He is a 2022 Florida CIO of the Year ORBIE Award Large Enterprise Finalist. He is also a five time repeat mentor for Pathbuilders’ Achieva program in Atlanta.