Leon Gottlieb
USA International Restaurant, Hotel & Franchise Consultant
4601 Sendero Place
Tarzana, CA 91356-4821
818-757-1131 Fax: 818-757-1816
Email: LGottlieb@aol.com
Web Site: http://flashjordan.com/leongottlieb.htm


Established in 1969, Leon Gottlieb offers specialized expert & consultation services to clients in the USA & internationally.

Management & Profit effectiveness: All types restaurants, fast foods, hotels, franchises, food courts, bars, liquor liability, convenience marts, standard operating procedures, safety, security, research, advertising, marketing, frozen foods manufacturing, distribution, franchisor-franchisee disputes, site selection, evaluations, appraisals, damages, expert witness testimony


  • Owner-operator, 210 seat full-service restaurant
  • Partner, Vice President, National Franchise & Restaurant Operations IHOP, Responsibilities included: Director, Sites, Construction & Equipment
  • International House of Pancakes Restaurant Chain - 1960 to 1969
  • President, Copper Penny Family Restaurant Chain - 24hour concept
  • Sales Manager, Kermin Frozen Foods Company - 1951 to 1959
  • Advertising Sales, Los Angeles Times - 1949 to 1951
  • Advertising & Production: L.A. Reporter & Guest Informant Hotel Magazine
  • U.S. Navy Ship's Cook, World War 11 - 1945 to 1946
Mr. Gottlieb's expertise & responsibilities enabled IHOP to go public on the N.Y. Stock Exchange. His direct involvement in the 22 division franchise conglomerate included franchise & fee agreements, restaurant, bars, hotel & franchise standard operating procedures, training, manuals, liquor liability, personal injury, safety, security, site selection, advertising, P&L evaluations, restaurant appraisals. Sales volume was in excess of $150 million, employing thousands, licensing over 1,200 franchisees worldwide. He has Continued as an industry consultant since 1969 to date.


  • National Restaurant Association
  • California Restaurant Association
  • The American Hotel/Lodging Association
  • Certified ServSafe - National Restaurant Association's Food Safety Program
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Mr. Gottlieb has held positions of authority, responsibility, ownership, officer &/or directorships with such diverse organizations as:

  • IHOP, International House of Pancakes
  • Pioneer Take Out Corporation
  • Kermin Frozen Foods Company
  • Accountant's Overload, Inc.
  • Royal Inns of America, Ine.
  • Betsy Ross Ice Cream/Coffee Shops
  • Fresh & Ready Foods, Ine.
  • Bobby McGee's Conglomeration
  • Kaboby-Mexican Dan's, Ine.
  • China Grove Restaurants, Ine.
  • IBM Foods, Inc.
  • Numero Uno Franchise Corp.
  • Copper Penny Family Restaurants
  • Franchise ConsultGroup, China

  • Graduate, Sawyer Business College
    Certificate - Los Angeles, CA - 1949
  • Instructor
    UCLA & L.A. Community Colleges - 26 yrs
    • Restaurant Operations
    • Franchising
    • Advertising & Promotions
  • Action & Truth in Menu Committees
    National & California Restaurant Associations
  • President, Frozen Food Council of California
  • Who's Who in America
  • Volunteer Executive - International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
  • Citizens for Democracy Corps (CDC) in Egypt, Latvia, Poland

  • Columnist
    • Restaurant Business Magazine, N.Y. 20 yrs
    • Singapore Hotel & Restaurant Magazine
    • Hotelier for Asia
    • La Carta Spanish Publication
    • Modern Franchise Journal
    • Western Food Service
    • Restaurant News
    • Quick Frozen Foods Magazine
    • L.A. Reporter
    • Eastside Journal
  • Editor/Publisher
    • "Gottlieb's Bottom Line" Newsletter - 11 years
  • Author
    • "The People Factor", Bill Communications, N.Y.
    • "The Best of Gottlieb's Bottom Line", LebharFriedman, N.Y.
    • "Foodservice/Hospitality Advertising & Promotion"
      Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing, Indiana
    • "My Golf Handicap is My Husband" - selfpublished

The following is a partial list showing the wide variety of Mr. Gottlieb's domestic clients, events, consulting & expert witness assignments:

Big Boy Restaurants (Marriott)Royal Inns of America (Hotels)
National Restaurant Assn Del Webb's Newport Golf Resort
Holiday Inns of America Subway Sandwich Corporation
Hot Dog on a Stick, Inc.Wil Wright's Ice Cream, Inc.
Callaway Gardens Golf ResortAmeci In & Out Pizza, Inc.
El Torito Mexican RestaurantsSizzler Restaurants, Inc.
Betsy Ross Ice Cream ShoppesWoody's Smorgasburger
Orange Julius, Inc.United Rent-All Equipment
Accountant's Overload, Inc. House of Nine Ladies Wear
Convenient MartsNorth American Pizza Assn
Country Kitchens of Colorado Pioneer Take Out Corporation
Santa Anita Race TrackBobby McGee's Conglomeration
Mrs. Fields Cookies/BakeriesSybra - Arby's Fast Foods
Michael's Artist SuppliesFresh & Ready Foods, Inc.
AI & Ed's AutoSound, Inc.Hyatt Regency Hotel
Century Plaza HotelBankAmerica,Inc.
Thomas Kinkade Art GalleriesKaboby-Mexican Dan's Corporation
California Restaurant AssociationThe Shirt Gallery
Canadian Restaurant AssociationPizza Inns, Inc.
Der Wienerschnitzel CorporationMUFSO, Nation's Restaurant News
Marcus BBQ & Steak HouseCafe 50's Diners
Castle Garden Buffets, Inc.Diet Stores - Slender Spoon, Inc.
House of Pies (Bakeries)Pacific Fish Broiler
Big Brake/Tune Up ShopsBryman - Sawyer Schools, Inc.
Tiny Naylor's Restaurants, Inc.Del Taco
Golden Bird RestaurantsTurkey Basket Restaurants
China Grove Restaurants (malls)Numero Uno Franchise Corp.
Better People Network, Inc.The Dog House - Fast Food Restaurants
Brookside Golf Course, Pasadena, CAIHOP, International House of Pancakes
The Warehouse Marina RestauantsOregon/Washington Restaurant Association
Jack in the Box/Foodmaker, Inc.Taco Bell
Howard Johnson's HotelHoliday Inn Express Hotel
Tony Roma's BBQ/Damon's Bar/GrillCraig's Olympia Oyster House, WA


The following are examples of extensive & varied client, consulting & lecturing assignments in foreign countries, which include fast food, coffee shop, dinner houses, retail, food products, manufacturing, central kitchen, distribution & franchise operations:
  • Japan
    • Fujiya Confectionary Co., Ltd (8 yrs) - Tokyo, Japan
    • MOS Corporation, fast food & specialty restaurants - Tokyo, Japan
    • C. Itoh Trading Company Japan, Canada & USA
    • Tonden Sushi Restaurants & Retail - Japan & USA - Hokkaido, Japan
  • Singapore
    • Consultant, Lecturer, Columnist, Singapore Hotel & Restaurant Association
  • Panama Canal Cruise
    • Seminars, Caribbean Hotel & California Hotel & Restaurant Association
  • Aruba
    • Caribbean Hotel Association
  • Quebec, Canada
    • Consultant, Popeye Fast Foods Corporation
  • Zurich, Switzerland
    • Lecturer, International Franchise Congress Convention
  • Alexandria & Cairo, Egypt
    • Consultant, Nesmahar Company
  • Balvi, Riga, Latvia
    • Consultant, Municipal Foodservice Enterprises
  • Katowice, Poland
    • Consultant, Mr. Hamburger Franchise Corp.
  • Seoul, Korea
    • Consultant, Kukje Pacific Corp.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Consultant, MBF Holding BHD, Ltd, multi-area food service/hotel franchisee
  • Beijing, China
    • Associate/Franchise Consultant, C&M Law Offices

  • American Arbitration Association - 1972 to 2000
  • Superior & Municipal Courts, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
  • The California State Bar - Fee Dispute Resolution
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul, Korea
Additional Information Including - Summary of Depositions & Trials as well as Fee Schedule are available upon request.

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