FORT MYERS — Norman Love Confections founder and owner Norman Love, one of the most prominent chocolatiers in the region, named his son Ryan Love, a chef, director of retail operations for the company.
In his new role, Ryan Love will be responsible for managing all retail operations for Norman Love Confections, according to a statement. That includes employee hiring and training, maintaining merchandising standards and improving overall product knowledge and guest satisfaction, the release adds.
“Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role having developed new pastry products and supported the management of our pastry operations over the years,” Norman Love says in the release. “We are excited to see Ryan expand his leadership role within the company, using his expertise in product development and experience in team training to help our retail operations continue to grow and succeed.”
Ryan Love, according to the statement, was raised learning the craft of pastry-making from his father. The younger Love earned a bachelor's degree in restaurant management from the University of Central Florida, and then went on to study at the French Pastry School in Chicago. He worked his way through pastry school as a pastry cook at The Peninsula in Chicago, the release states.
After completing the program at French Pastry School, Ryan Love returned to Norman Love Confections, where he was a pastry chef, responsible for producing assorted European cakes and individual gourmet pastries everyday. Ryan Love has since taken on more responsibilities, including developing and implementing training programs for new employees, and being involved in all stages of the creation of new products from development to retail.
“I am proud to be a part of the Norman Love Confections family, a company that is committed to delivering high-quality gourmet pastries and a phenomenal customer experience each and every day,” Ryan Love says in the release. “I look forward to taking on more responsibility and offering my expertise to develop and strengthen the growth of all retail operations.”
Norman and Mary Love founded Norman Love Confections in 2001. It operates chocolate salons in Naples, Estero and Fort Myers.