Catersource co-founder Michael Roman has passed away. A well-known business leader, culinary expert, consultant and teacher, Roman was also known as the "Catering Guru" for his extensive knowledge of the profession and his role in growing the catering industry.

“We recently said goodbye to a wonderful, wonderful man,” says Lisa Richards, Founder and CEO of Festivities Catering and Picnic People, a San Diego special events and catering company. “Michael was a gentle soul who held special connections with people and caterers all around the world. He was an educator and an unbelievably amazing mentor.”

Roman and his wife Bernice were the co-founders of Catersource, a magazine, conference and tradeshow enterprise dedicated to the education and growth of the professional caterer. Roman also authored several books sharing tactics and strategies for success within the catering industry, including If You Don’t Sell It, You Can’t Cook It; Secrets of Catering Management; and Catering: Tips, Tactics & Strategies.

“Mike wanted his amazing legacy to live on long after he did,” said Erin Walter, Co-founder and CEO of nuphoriq, a Chicago-area marketing company specializing in branding, strategizing and promoting catering and special events organizations. “Fortunately, that legacy has a place to do so. In addition to the thousands of friends he recruited into this astonishing community of caterers, Michael left us with the knowledge and ability to continue building. His invaluable lessons and the information present throughout his website will impact the lives of thousands more caterers to come.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Michael Roman’s name to the American Diabetes Association.  Contact the ADA at 1-800-342-2383 or visit their website.