A 30-year hospitality veteran, Maggie has played a vital role in the state’s celebrated hospitality scene as the driving force behind many culinary, cocktail, nightlife, and special event hotspots in positions as varied as Director of New Store Openings for an award-winning national brand, Director of F+B at high profile hotels, a multi-unit operator for one the state’s early restaurant groups and Executive Sous Chef at a Four Diamond resort in Newport RI. Maggie has a particular focus on organizations at the start-up, site selection, kitchen design, branding and rebranding, menu development, team building, and systems development levels.
Since 2010, Longo has operated her private consulting practice, assisting companies nationwide with their hospitality goals. In 2020, she joined the RI Small Business Development Center, sharing her extensive experience with businesses at all stages. Maggie has been involved with the RIFPC as a member of the Food Business Workgroup and provided technical assistance to hopeful LASA applicants. Much of Longo’s focus has been with the first and second-stage food maker/manufacturer/grower sector, helping with their strategic planning, operational systems development, and next-stage growth.