Willy Dely is the owner of Au Jus Solutions, LLC, a consulting agency based in Baltimore, Maryland, offering comprehensive consulting services to restaurants, hospitality and mobile food businesses. Willy has worked every position in the restaurant industry since the age of 16. More recently, Willy has mastered the food truck and restaurant scene in Maryland and in the United States, and has been at the forefront of the surge for mobile food business since 2009.
Willy was born with the Hospitality genes. From fast food restaurant kitchens to upscale dining rooms, he gathers over twenty years of experience at every single position of the industry. Front of the house, back of the house, management and back office, Willy's experience covers all the facets of the restaurant industry. His domains of expertise include but are not limited to HR, staffing, branding, marketing, planning, standard operating procedures, cost study, contract negotiation, supply chain, growth plan etc.
The food trucks he operated in Baltimore, which belonged to a renowned restaurant group, created an incredible following not only for their daily lunch offerings, but for private catering from business happy hours to formal wedding receptions. The idea of using food trucks not only as a way to sell a pre-arranged menu, but as a mobile kitchen to provide gourmet catering options, has been the driving force for making the trucks some of the most sought after in the area.
Willy founded, and spear-headed the Maryland Food Truck Association as its first President, working hand in hand with local legislators in forming the policies and regulations to benefit both mobile vendors and brick and mortar establishments. Given that Willy worked as the Director of Operations for five brick and mortar and two food trucks, he is aware of the sometimes conflicting needs of both types of businesses. In 2012, Willy assisted in the creation of the National Food Truck Association where he currently acts as Board Member.
In his spare time, Willy is a Board Member of the Craig Willinger Fund which was founded in honor of a friend lost to cancer. This charity, based in Baltimore, helps cancer survivors realize their soccer dreams by sending them all over the world to see their favorite team play.