Peter T Tomaras, MBA, CHA, FMP

Mr. Peter T Tomaras, MBA, CHA, FMP

Apollo Hotel Consultancy
5 Eton Court
Champaign , IL 61820
Office: 217-552-1678
Fax: 217-552-1678


Areas of Expertise: Operations, premises safety/security, standards of care, and management of hotels, motels and restaurants. Mr. Tomaras holds the hospitality industry’s highest professional designations: Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and Food Management Professional (FMP). He has 35 years in hospitality management and consulting, and has served as president of both the Illinois Innkeepers Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

Mr. Tomaras directed the accredited Hospitality Management program at Parkland College in Champaign (10,000+ students) as associate professor, winning two national teaching awards. He taught nine different restaurant and hotel management courses including Hospitality Law, and has presented educational seminars to operators and employees on security, front desk operation, and human resources management.

As a consultant, Mr. Tomaras has led three firms: Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (president); State Street Associates (executive vice-president(; and Apollo Hotel Consultancy (principal).

He has written case studies of Ritz-Carlton and Marriott, the Amway Grand Plaza (Michigan), the Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino, BC), and The Inn at Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), as well as of award-winning midscale hotels. He has conducted research at major hotels in Chicago, Washington, Barcelona, Paris, Athens, and Cyprus.

Mr. Tomaras has published articles in Hotel & Motel Management magazine, and in Trial magazine. He writes articulate, comprehensive reports. Known for integrity and objectivity, he projects a professional appearance and is responsive to attorney and client requirements, always meeting deadlines.

His areas of expertise include: Hotel/Restaurant Security, Operations and Management, Fire Safety & Prevention, Training, Standards of Care, Franchise Contracts, Employment Issues, and Foodservice Sanitation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Bars/Lounges/Night Clubs
  • Food
  • Franchising
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Restaurant Security
  • Restaurants
  • Security Management

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BA - Economics, University of Illinois
MBA - Master of Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1994
CHA - Certified Hotel Administrator 1981 American Hotel & Lodging Association
FMP - Food Management Professional 1993 National Restaurant Association
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: (Former) American Hotel and Lodging Association
(Former) National Restaurant Association
Illinois Restaurant Association
Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: 18 years teaching, 7 full-time as associate professor and director, Hospitality Management, Parkland College, Champaign, IL.
Extensive public speaking experience over many years.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Hotel standards of care; hotel security and duty of guest safety; hotel fire safety; assaults in hotel and public rooms; bedbug complaint at hotel; injury at hotel events (parties, receptions; restaurant negligence (product safety, premises safety); restaurant operations/classification (non-compete challenge); food safety; invasion of privacy at hotel.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: out-of-pocket at cost + 5%, auto travel at current IRS mileage rate.


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