Our Team

Tucker Graves

CEO (Co-Founder)

Tucker grew up in the food service industry.  First working at his family’s food distribution business serving 4 states in the Midwest.  From there he went on to start several restaurants and cafes in Kansas City where he learned food service operations. Always the entrepreneur, he later went on to create a company to help serve the independent Senior Living Communities with a new model of a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO).  Tucker found his passion in helping caregivers manage their communities through cost management services and providing food service operations with the tools to improve patient and resident satisfaction. He understood that Hospitality and Culinary Arts to be the cornerstones to a successful culture in healthcare communities. Tucker enjoys being personally involved with our clients in coaching them in their overall Business Strategy, Staff Learning & Development Strategies, Marketing Strategies and any other creative demands they dream up.

Greg Gorgone, CDM, CFPP

COO (Co-Founder)

Greg has been working on hospitality, healthcare and restaurant development projects for over 15 years. Prior to that, he worked for over 14 years in hotel and resort management positions from Restaurant Manager to Banquet Manager to Hotel General Manager.  He is an experienced coach and consultant whose goal is to improve food service in Healthcare through a holistic approach by enhancing employee engagement, process improvement, kitchen and dining room design and proper investment. Greg is a former Executive Chef and Chef Instructor at Johnson and Wales University.

Scott Pucket

Chief Information Officer

Scott brings 15 years of experience in software engineering and architecture, as well as 8 years of project management and digital marketing. He oversees all of the Pineapple Academy’s technology initiatives, as well as supports our clients in developing business processes and automation. With Scott’s help, our goal at Pineapple Academy is to provide a “best-in-class” client experience when it comes to satisfying the needs of the individual. A flexible, easy-to-use solution is always our strategy when it comes to our clients’ technology needs.

Daniel Herzog

Director of Marketing

Daniel knew at an early age that he wanted to work in a creative world. For the last 14 years he has been working as a commercial video producer. He spent the first 6 years of his career as a documentary photographer for the Moscow Ballet before becoming their creative content producer. In the last 7 years he has utilized these skills in the form of social media marketing and lifestyle storytelling. Daniel takes a creative approach with a “think outside the box” mentality when tackling any creative decision.

Samantha LoChiano

Production Manager

Samantha has a deep understanding of the importance of hospitality, food preparation/presentation and working with people. Raised in her family’s retail and restaurant businesses, she acquired this valuable knowledge from a very young age. The belief that “presentation is everything” drives Samantha to strive for excellence in all she does to create outstanding results for her clients.  With 28 years of experience in event planning and coordination, she knows what it takes to put together a top-notch production and enjoys every aspect of the process. This applies to her approach in video production as well. Attention to detail is key to ensuring success. From content development, script writing, lighting, sound, ambiance, attire and energy, to all that happens in postproduction, every aspect is critical to effectively deliver the intended message and create a video worth watching.  Her knowledge and experience translate perfectly to align her strengths, skills and passions to support our clients’ needs for engaging food service content.

Jane Rieger, MS, RDN

Senior Account Executive

Jane is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who started her career in healthcare and has worked in the hospitality industry with a focus on Acute Care, Senior Living as well as Lodging, C&U and K-12. She moved from foodservice operations to sales working with large CPG companies including Kellogg, Unilever and Land O’Lakes. Jane has also worked as a college educator and corporate trainer and has presented on leadership, health and wellness as well as the healthcare industry. Jane holds a BS from Purdue University and a MS from the University of Chicago. She was awarded the Hall of Fame award from Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences in 2014. Jane is passionate about the foodservice and healthcare industries.

Chelsea Paul, MS

Account Executive

Chelsea started working in the hospitality industry as a waitress when she was 16. She has gone on to complete both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in hospitality administration/management at Kansas State University. With 3 years of post-graduate experience as a Culinary Operations Manager, she has moved to Kansas City to pursue a new segment of hospitality with Pineapple Academy! Chelsea has a passion for leadership, food, and customer service, and is thrilled to bring all those passions into her current role. Along with those areas of interest, developing relationships and talking with people is where she thrives and feels the most comfortable.

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