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Edgar L. Jaramillo-Vasconez was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, South America in 1962. He immigrated to the United States in 1970 and grew up in New York City, (NYC). He attended the NYC public school system and after graduating with a regent’s diploma entered active military service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1981. In 1983 he joined the New York Air National Guard and continued a record of military service that has lasted 28 years in the areas of Administration, Personnel, Recruiting, Retention, and currently Emergency Management.
In 1986, he was selected as an Air National Guard (ANG) Recruiter and began the Human Resources stage of both his military and civilian careers. In 1989 he left active military service and joined Trump Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ as an Employment Specialist. In 1996, the Trump Organization decided to consolidate all of its Atlantic City properties’ Human Resources divisions into one corporate entity. Mr. Vasconez was selected to be the first Corporate Staffing Supervisor under the new parent company, Trump Casino Services, LLC. At this time the Trump Organization employed over 15,000 employees in its Atlantic City operations and was also the second largest employer in the state of New Jersey.
In 1997, Mr. Vasconez joined Olive Garden Italian Restaurants as the Divisional Employment Manager for the Northeast region of the United States. In this capacity he was accountable for recruiting operations in 11 states encompassing 74 restaurants that generated over 250 million dollars in sales; he also provided support and guidance to a Senior Vice-President of Operations, one Senior Director of Operations, 10 Directors of Operations and 74 General Managers.
In 2000, Mr. Vasconez was selected to be the first Concept Employment Manager for Olive Garden Italian Restaurants and relocated with his family to Orlando, FL headquarters for both Olive Garden and its parent company, Darden Restaurants, Inc. In this role, Mr. Vasconez was accountable for many different facets of national recruiting operations than encompassed University Relations, Internet Recruiting Strategies, and Diversity Recruiting Initiatives for over 590 restaurants than generated over 2.7 billion dollars in annual sales.
In 2006, Mr. Vasconez was promoted to his current role as Manager, Staffing for Darden Restaurants, Inc. In his current role, Mr. Vasconez is accountable for the professional recruitment of Darden Restaurant Support Center (RSC) positions up to the Director level in the areas of Finance, Field Human Resources, Information Technology, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Total Quality and Facilities. Darden Restaurants, Inc., (DRI) is the largest full-service dining restaurant company in the world with almost 6.7 Billion in annual sales and approximately 180,000 employees. Darden Restaurants, Inc. is a Fortune 400 Company that owns and operates nearly 1,700 restaurants including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.
In 2008, Mr. Vasconez received his certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and affiliate of the Society of Human Resources Management and the credentialing body for Human Resources Certification. He presently continues to serve in the Florida Air National Guard as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) in the Emergency Management Flight of the 125 Civil Engineer Squadron, Jacksonville FL. He is a graduate of both the USAF ANG Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy and the USAF Senior NCO Academy. He is a member of the University of Delaware’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Advisory Board. Mr. Vasconez resides in Orlando FL with his spouse and three children.