Leadership

James W. Sukenik, FSCI

President, Design Principal

Jim possesses over two decades of outstanding foodservice and design experience. He approaches the challenges unique to every facility with the talent, creativity and confidence necessary to take garden variety kitchen, dining and servery environments to the next level of fad-resistant, site-specific sensibility and sophistication.

As a graduate of Michigan State University’s Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management program, Jim has spent his entire career in some form of foodservice. He is an award-winning designer who is renowned for the uniquely thoughtful and thorough planning and design that has been the hallmark of Bakergroup’s successful project work since 1984.

Mona is one of the most respected figures within the foodservice segment of higher education. Prior to joining Bakergroup, she served as Director of Dining Services at the University of Northern Iowa, also her alma mater, for over two decades. Her accomplishments there were numerous and nationally recognized.

Mona has previously served as President of the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS). She also served on many national committees, helping to develop the Association’s current strategic plan, and has been a featured presenter on topics such as benchmarking, menu development, financial management, and more.

Mona Milius, MBA

Vice President, Senior Principal

Mona’s expertise in college dining was a strong driver in choosing Bakergroup, and working with her and her team was a great experience. Mona not only asks great questions, but her experience in this industry allows her to view our operations with an expert’s eye.

-Byron Drake, University of Montana
2014-11-28T20:12:43+00:00
Mona’s expertise in college dining was a strong driver in choosing Bakergroup, and working with her and her team was a great experience. Mona not only asks great questions, but her experience in this industry allows her to view our operations with an expert’s eye. -Byron Drake, University of Montana
Our dish room needed to be replaced. We sought the help of Bakergroup, who we worked closely with to design a state-of-the-art facility. We have more than doubled our capacity…increased staff efficiency….and significantly reduced our energy use. This project turned out just as we had hoped.

-Bob VanHeukelom, Hope College
2014-11-28T20:13:16+00:00
Our dish room needed to be replaced. We sought the help of Bakergroup, who we worked closely with to design a state-of-the-art facility. We have more than doubled our capacity…increased staff efficiency….and significantly reduced our energy use. This project turned out just as we had hoped. -Bob VanHeukelom, Hope College
Mona did a superb job of quickly identifying our ‘opportunities for growth’ with detailed, actionable recommendations. The final report was excellent – thorough with a great deal of substance. Would highly recommend!

-Janice Reedus, Joliet Junior College
2014-11-28T20:12:09+00:00
Mona did a superb job of quickly identifying our ‘opportunities for growth’ with detailed, actionable recommendations. The final report was excellent – thorough with a great deal of substance. Would highly recommend! -Janice Reedus, Joliet Junior College

Built on Collaboration.

Jim and Mona are supported by an exemplary staff consisting of project managers, engineers, LEED® Accredited Professionals, designers, and marketing and administrative personnel. While every Bakergroup project is led by at least one of the principals, it is the principal/staff collaboration that drives success and desirable outcomes.
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