Todd Lindsay ’78

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.22.18 PMTodd Lindsay ’78 B.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, grew up in a huge family, and that helped shape his career plans very early on.

Even though the Lindsay family numbered just three children – Todd and his two siblings – their West Haven, Conn. home was usually full. Over the years, more than 30 foster children lived there for varying periods of time.

That melting pot provided a great test-kitchen for one of Lindsay’s early passions – managing mealtimes for the household. By age 11, he was hooked on the role and rewards of being a meal planner, shopper, chef and server.

A year after high school, Lindsay enrolled as a full-time student in the UNH Hotel and Restaurant Management program, while also working full-time at a local restaurant to fund his education. The curriculum, his professors and the experience gained daily at his restaurant job proved an excellent recipe.

“UNH helped me achieve my dream of becoming a leader in the contract management industry, working with some of the top food service companies in the world,” he notes.

After earning his degree, Lindsay pursued a career in sales and management in the food service industry, whose customers include hotels, restaurants, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. He soon found a lifelong mentor in Michael Bailey, then-CEO and president at Trusthouse Forte. He gave Lindsay the opportunity to develop a new vision for the company and help acquire new clients. Lindsay landed 25 new accounts in a three-year span.

During the following three decades, Lindsay continued to be successful in attracting and managing new accounts for some of the leading food service corporations in the United States. He reconnected with Bailey in 2009 when he was named director of sales and business development at Fitz Vogt and Associates, a company owned by his former mentor.

He recently created the Linda H. Lindsay Endowed Scholarship at UNH in memory of his late wife.


Alumni Spotlight: A Recipe for Success. (2010). University of New Haven Alumni Magazine. 26-26.

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