Raymond has been profiled in The NY Times, Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Robb Report, Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit, Town & Country, The Hollywood Reporter, The Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Magazine, The Courier Post, Ocean Drive Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Main Line Times, The Palm Beach Post, Clematis Magazine, and Parade Magazine to mention more than a few!
Mr. Haldeman was twice awarded both YEO's and ACE's Award as one of the, "Top 100 Entrepreneurs in America."
He was the 1st recipient of the “Business Leadership Award” from The Center City Association of Proprietors in Philadelphia.
He served as a Board of Director of The Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and as a Board of Director of The Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council.
As a Society Caterer & Restaurateur, prior to his career as a Restaurant Designer, Haldeman catered parties and major events for an impressive list of the world’s most prominent people including 2 American Presidents, The Royal Family and a roster of Fortune 500 Companies.
As an on air personality he has hosted TV shows and TV segments on entertaining and created events with icons of the food industry including Martha Stewart & Jacques Pepin. He recently hosted "Restaurant Reviews with Raymond Haldeman" on ROKU's Travel Channel, TV America.
Today Haldeman is one of leading entrepreneurial authorities on Bar, Restaurant & Nightclub design and operation in the country. His latest restaurant design and rebranding projects include the total renovation and rebranding of the Pilot House, now Fins Bar & Grille, in Cape May, NJ, the design and subsequent expansion of Cuzin's Seafood Clam Bar in Marlboro, NJ , Beacon 70 on the marina in Brick, NJ. (see Raymonds Designs)
As a teenager, Haldeman began his career as a busboy at The Garden Restaurant in Philadelphia. Before the age of 19 he worked his way up to a chef's position pumping out 300-400 covers daily by day and worked as Maitre D' at night.
Soon thereafter, at the age of 21, he landed a gig as Chef and Catering Director aboard international conglomerate ITW's Corporate Entertaining yacht, The Arara III, and coordinated shipboard events with high-end caterers from across the country where he cooked for some of the most notable CEO's in the world.
This experience, working hand in hand with some of the country's best caterers gave him the knowledge and confidence to start his own catering business in Philadelphia. His first year, working out of his apartment, he grossed $1 million dollars and was featured on the cover of Money Magazine. In just a few years Haldeman was one of the leading Corporate & Society Caterers in the country.
He parlayed his success and popularity into several well publicized restaurants & nightclubs that he launched in Philadelphia, South Beach, Palm Beach & San Juan, Puerto Rico, all of which he conceptually conceived, designed and operated.
Demand for his expertise increased and he found himself in a unique position with a lifetime of experience under his belt. He more formally committed to helping other operators fine tune their businesses, add "wow-factor" to their atmosphere and propel them to increased profitability. New operators who wanted to open their businesses on the solid ground with the added marketing bonus of creating a "buzz" about the visual experience began to seek him out.
His career as a Bar & Restaurant Designer grew organically and with each completed rebrand or new concept that he put his stamp on, his reputation grew.
In addition to creating new concepts and the developing of functional designs with wow-factor, Raymond's business consulting expertise in the areas of management, marketing & promotion and operational procedures are an added bonus to anyone who engages his Design & ReBranding Services.
Today, Haldeman is more active than ever as demand for his hospitality design and consulting services are at an all-time high.
He has carved-out a niche for himself by providing independent owner/operators with timely concepts designed to "excite" and leave an indelible impression on their dinner guests. Haldeman supplies operators with an added layer of expertise and guidance that elevates their operation's functionality and profitability.
If you are planning to build a new venture or rebranding an existing one and need direction or if you are looking for an interior designer and have questions about any of these topics, give Raymond a call now and receive a personal 1 on 1 Phone Consultation free of charge.
Raymond deals directly with all his clients, call him, he will be happy to hear from you.
Today Haldeman is one of leading entrepreneurial authorities on Bar, Restaurant & Nightclub design and operation in the country. His latest restaurant design and rebranding projects pictured below include the total renovation and rebranding of the 15 acre Timber Breeze Lakefront Resort on Butternut Lake in Wisconsin's Northwoods, the total renovation and rebranding of the Pilot House, now Fins Bar & Grille, owned by the iconic Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, NJ, the design of Cuzin's Clam Bar in Marlboro, NJ now considered one of the most successful independent restaurants in the country and the spectacular waterfront Beacon 70 in Brick NJ.