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Mr. Nicholas Castaldo

Lecturer of Marketing
PH: (954) 262-5084

Mr. Nicholas Castaldo


1977 - M.B.A. - Marketing - Masters - Harvard University
1973 - Bachelor of Science - Marketing - Bachelors - St. John's University

Area of Speciality or Primary Teaching Area

Management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Nick Castaldo joined Nova Southeastern University in August 2004 as a Lecturer at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He teaches undergraduate courses in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He graduated summa cum laude from St. John's University (New York) with a B.S. in Marketing and earned his MBA from Harvard University.

Mr.Castaldo’s career spans over thirty years in consumer products and service businesses including chain restaurants, banking, health and beauty aids, and retailing. He has worked in a variety of organizations- public and private companies, multi-nationals and start-ups. He has directed the introduction of several innovative business strategies including the fast food industry’s first comparative marketing campaign and the launch of everyday value pricing in the family restaurant category.

He was President of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, a start-up restaurant concept, for three years and currently serves as Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, Equity Partner, and member of the Board of Directors. Based in Ft. Lauderdale, the Company now has over 50 stores operating in six states. Mr. Castaldo consults for restaurant concepts, consumer products and service businesses, and multi-unit retail operations.

Mr. Castaldo served as President of Pollo Tropical, a Miami-based fast casual restaurant chain, for eight years. He led a successful turnaround of the company, and during his tenure, Pollo Tropical doubled in sales and cash flow and ranked as the number one concept in average store sales and profit in its market segment.

Prior to joining Pollo Tropical, Mr. Castaldo held executive positions at a number of industry-leading corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing of Denny’s, Inc., America’s largest family restaurant chain. He was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at S&A Restaurant Corp., which included the Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale restaurant companies. He has been Vice President of Marketing for Citicorp Savings of Florida, Vice President of Advertising and Promotion for Burger King Corporation, and has held management positions at Clairol and Federated Department Stores.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he has been a guest speaker at local universities including the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Huizenga College. He served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of South Florida and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Celsius Holdings, Inc., a "functional beverage" company. He is frequently interviewed by the business press and media as an industry expert in the field of consumer marketing.

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"Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza: Growing a Hot Concept", ACT 11- The Eleventh International Conference of the Academy for Creative Teaching, 2009, Vancouver

"Learning by Doing: A Business Simulation Approach to the Management Capstone Course", International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, 2007, Orlando

Nicholas Castaldo, Tom Tworoger and Daniel Cantillo (2010). Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.  International Journal of Case Method Research, 3(2010), 223.

Nicholas Castaldo, (2007). Book Review: Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business and Change the World.  JAME, 12(3), 89.

Nicholas Castaldo, (2006). Roots and Wings: Sustainable Growth Needs a Strong Foundation.  Smart Business, 2(11), 18.

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