Meet the Experts

Ask a school nutrition manager or supervisor to identify top areas for personnel-related education and “dealing with difficult employees” is sure to be one of the first requests. In SchoolNutrition’s October 2015 issue, author Penny McLaren explains how to “Turn Cloudy Coworkers Into Sunny Staffers,” with the guidance of two well-regarded motivational speakers on this and other personal and personnel management topics. In this online extra, take a few minutes to learn more about Bart Christian and Jeff Joiner. 

Bart Christian is president of the Arizona-based Southwest Training Systems, a company he founded that serves the school foodservice profession exclusively. As a provider of the SFSPac food safety program in the southwest, Christian and his associates offer bilingual training in HAACP, OSHA compliance and workplace safety. Personally, as the self-styled “America’s foodservice coach,” Christian is a motivational speaker, offering education programs focused on improving communication, handling change and injecting positive energy into school nutrition teams. Christian crisscrosses the country speaking to foodservice staff in school districts of varying sizes. He can be reached through his website,

After college, Jeff Joiner taught classes on communications arts for five years before working in the foodservice industry, which eventually led him back speaking and teaching. His company, Jeff Joiner Training, is based in Ohio, and he travels around the country, presenting to school nutrition operators, industry teams and other audiences on a wide array of topics, including change management, teamwork, negotiation skills, building a loyal customer base, leadership and more. Joiner also runs a mentorship business, helping individuals, couples and small start-ups achieve personal and professional goals. He can be reached through his website,

Both Joiner and Christian are available as presenters for state and local association meetings or for consulting with managers on specific issues.


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