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Nathaniel R. Goldston, III

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Food Service Executive
Food Service Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1938
Birth Location:
Omaha, Nebraska

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Food Service Executive
Food Service Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1938
Birth Location:
Omaha
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Biography

Founder of Gourmet Services, Inc., Nathaniel Russell Goldston, III was born on October 20, 1938, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth Goldston. Goldston’s mother worked in food service in the public school system and his father at the local hotels and restaurants. Goldston received his B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Denver in 1962.

Goldston worked at a food service company for ten years after graduating from college; he held positions such as district manager, regional vice president, and senior vice president. After being denied a promotion to chief executive officer due to racial discrimination, Goldston left in 1974 to start his own business, Gourmet Services, Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gourmet Services, Inc. grew to include contracts at six black colleges and employ 300 individuals; in its first year, the company generated $2.3 million in revenues. In 1976, Goldston met former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, who encouraged him to move Gourmet Services, Inc. to Atlanta. The business continued to grow after relocating, and eventually Gourmet Services, Inc. became the nation’s largest African American-owned food service management companies, boasting 2,500 employees; it was ranked fourteenth among the nation’s top 50 food service companies.

In 1986, Goldston founded the Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Men of America along with twenty-one other local businessmen and civic leaders. In 1989, Goldston became the 100 Black Men of America’s second national president. Gourmet Services, Inc. has donated millions of dollars in scholarships to students attending historically black colleges and universities; Goldston also established the Mary E. Goldston Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving African American students.

Goldston passed away on July 4, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Nathaniel R. Goldston, III's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his mother's parenting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his father's parenting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers working for his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his family's food service professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls his neighbors in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers Kellom Grade School in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers the winters in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers moving to a residential neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his family's catering business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers playing golf
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes Omaha Central High School in Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes Doane College in Crete, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls working as a chair car porter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls paying tuition at the University of Denver
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the University of Denver in Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls the civil rights activity at the University of Denver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes food service education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls his early employment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls studying at the University of Denver College of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his early contracts at Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his work with the Aramark Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Nathaniel R. Goldston, III's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his college education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III talks about the food service industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls joining Catering Management, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls his position at Catering Management, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III talks about food service in universities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III remembers leaving Catering Management, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls partnering with his previous clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls starting Gourmet Services, Inc. in Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the employees of Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls changes in his business strategy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III talks about his business innovations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the board of Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III talks about Gourmet Services Inc.'s catering
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his hotel business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his business challenges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III lists the top food service industry companies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his plans for the future of Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his collaboration with Aramark Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls working with Eastern Air Lines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III talks about the young leadership of Gourmet Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls founding 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls the members of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls fundraising for Project Success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls the contribution of Dillard Munford
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls the fundraising events for Project Success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the changes in Project Success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes creation of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III recalls his presidency of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes his initiatives as president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III describes the successes of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III shares his advice to aspiring businesspeople
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Nathaniel R. Goldston, III narrates his photographs