Michigan-based foodservice management company Creative Dining Services (CDS) has promoted Susan Golder to VP of marketing and business development, and Jane Newton to associate VP of people services, both effective July 1. Golder was previously director of marketing at CDS, while Newton was director of people services. 

Golder joined CDS in 2018, and in her new role, will oversee the combining of sales and marketing teams into one under her leadership. “Susan has elevated our brand and marketplace awareness to new levels,” says Jim Eickhoff, President and CEO.

“Our team culture has been based on integrity – a working environment where we can expect candor, transparency and honesty,” says Golder when asked about her core values and team dynamic. “We strive to enthusiastically do what we say we’ll do, be dependable and not shriek away from accountability. I hope that every team I lead will celebrate interdependency with humility, a hunger to win, a playfulness, and an appreciation for excellence. My personal intent is to block-and-tackle so that everyone on our team can do their best work with the greatest level of fulfillment.” 

Where will you most likely find her if she is not crafting sales proposals, discussing Donald Miller business leadership principals with her team or even leading meditations in the midst of busy days and deadlines? “My most common “go to” is straight to Nonna’s: The Trattoria for their Tagliatelle alla Bolognese – housemade pasta, beef and pork Bolognese sauce and fresh parmesan. All is right with the world when I savor this dish and the care they put into making it.”

Newton joined CDS in 2019, and under her leadership, Creative Dining is carving career pathways for more dishwashers to become chefs and housekeepers to become foodservice directors. "Jane wants team members to feel valued, fulfilled, empowered and have access to reach their professional potential. She is a driving force to make career growth stories come true at Creative Dining. Her efforts are making a measurable impact on corporate culture and with team members who feel appreciated," 'says Eickhoff.

“Jane has elevated our services and focus on employees over the past two years resulting in increased employee satisfaction levels across the board," Eickhoff continues. "Additionally, Jane has been championing our D, E & I initiatives providing a seat at the Creative Dining Services family table for all current and prospective employees."

Newton holds a Bachelors in Human Resource Management, a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources, and a certificate in Organizational Inclusion & Diversity from Michigan State University, serves as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Grand Rapids, and most recently was appointed to the TrueNorth Community Services Board of Directors.

About Creative Dining Services

Since 1990, Creative Dining has built fresh, custom dining programs for colleges and universities, corporations, assisted living communities and conference centers. Creative Dining serves delicious cuisine to thousands of people daily at over 70 locations in 14 states with 2,000+ employees.