Gil Stiff and Judy Shimoda-Stiff were married in 2009. With the economy in a downward spiral, Judy was on the unfortunate end of corporate downsizing and found herself wondering what she was going to do. Gil’s original plan was to teach classes part time after retirement to stay busy and earn a little mad money. With Judy’s sales background, she quickly convinced Gil to start TSC Associates. Gil also learned at this time, Judy could sell snow to a snowman. Working out of a spare room in their home, Judy began knocking on restaurant doors in Dothan, AL and the surrounding area to fill their first ServSafe Managers course. Judy would sell the customer our training, and Gil would wow the customer with his class.
They quickly saw the viability of the company. In less than a year TSC Associates was growing leaps and bounds, and were now teaching classes in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Gil retired from his 30-year career in the food service industry to focus full time on TSC Associates and moved into our first office. Two part-time employees were hired to help fill the classes with students, and three part-time instructors were brought on board to help with facilitating classes. By the end of 2010, the company expanded to Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2014, Thomas Hallford was brought on board as a principle partner to assist with operations, marketing, and continued growth.
Today our company is still located in Dothan, AL. We currently have 13 office personnel and 18 of the best instructors in the industry! We have classes regularly scheduled in 11 states, and we have also taught classes in 3 additional states at the request of a private class for our customers in Ohio, Michigan, and Nevada.
The Highest Quality Hospitality Training
To provide the highest quality training, we make certain we provide an energetic atmosphere for learning utilizing the latest materials and information available. We have also taken the necessary steps to become approved by the National Restaurant Association as Certified ServSafe Instructor/Proctors, as well as being approved ServSafe Alcohol Instructor/Proctors and TIPS Alcohol Instructors/Proctors.
Our company’s Alcohol Safety Program (ASP) has been approved by the Alabama ABC Board as meeting the requirements for training in their Responsible Vendor Program.
Our goal is to provide training that not only assists the operator in meeting state requirements, but also convey the knowledge and tools necessary to operate a safe and inviting food service establishment.