Nathaniel Goldston

Nathaniel Goldston

Nathaniel Russell Goldston, III is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gourmet Services, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest wholly owned and operated African-American foodservice management company in the contract feeding sector.
This Omaha Nebraska native is an astute businessperson with a demonstrated commitment to education and community, qualities instilled by his parents. Following graduation from Omaha Central High School, Mr. Goldston accepted an athletic scholarship, to play football and golf, at Doan College in Crete, Nebraska. In his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Denver where he completed his studies in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. While working in the industry, Mr. Goldston noted an opportunity to offer a quality and level of foodservice not currently provided to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.) In 1975 Mr. Goldston founded Gourmet Services, Inc. Since starting Gourmet Services, the company has maintained a 33-year continuous ranking in the 100 top-ranked African American owned businesses, as named by Black Enterprise magazine. Throughout the years, Mr. Goldston has mentored, trained or counseled over 50% of all African American senior managers currently working in the contract-feeding sector. He contributed to the industry, at large, and served as advisor to numerous elected and public officials and leaders of industry at the local, state and national levels which have resulted in accolades in publications such as Fortune, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Food Management Magazine. He was featured on local and national television shows such as Good Morning America, CNN, and Good Day Atlanta.

Central to the successes of Mr. Goldston, and the company he continues to manage, are his strong Christian faith and genuine commitment to the education, health and welfare of others. He is accredited with bringing together a group of African-American professional men to establish a community service organization, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, to address some of the obstacles facing Black youth. Under his leadership, the organization created Project Success, a highly successful and internationally acclaimed mentoring and scholarship program focused on helping youth in underserved communities, including raising several million dollars for scholarship and other endeavors. He served as the organization’s second president. His motto is the title of the book, Project Success: The Right Thing for the Right Reason, penned by author Sheila Moses, detailing his prophetic leadership and celebrating the twenty year anniversary of 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
Mr. Goldston currently serves as chair of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, under his leadership; the organization has helped more than 900 students seek post-secondary educational opportunities, and awarded over $5.7 million in scholarships. Burt Reynolds named him chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Peace Officer’s Scholarship Fund. He is a board member of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and the Atlanta Diabetes Association, and Trustee for Wilberforce University and the University of Denver. In 2008, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Stillman College, Tuscaloosa Alabama.

Mr. Goldston has received numerous awards, recognitions and accolades for his many achievements and commitments by organizations including the National Conference of Black Mayors, Turner Broadcasting, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated, Boy Scouts of America, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, S.C.L.C. Women and the City of Omaha Nebraska. He is a member of the prestigious Hospitality Leadership Roundtable, is included in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and received a presidential accommodation, the 1990 Jefferson Award for Volunteerism, presented by Former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Mr. Goldston is an inductee into the Halls of Fame of Omaha Central High School, the Atlanta Tribune, Business Hall of Fame and his likeness will forever endure as a life size replica of his image was placed in the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum.

Mr. Goldston is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Incorporated and an honorary member of the Black Culinary Association, Honorary chair of the Charles Drew Health Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. Through the Gourmet Companies and the Foundation, he has pledged or contributed over $50,000,000, primarily to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, for scholarships and general support. Mr. Goldston is married to the former Valerie Hampton Montague of Macon, Georgia, is the father of four children, N. Russell Goldston, Kimberly Goldston Martin, Steven Goldston and Rachel Lauren Montague. and the proud grandfather of ten grandchildren.