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Giving Back: Serving Central Florida

Nick Falcone has deep roots in the hospitality industry. From a young age, he learned valuable lessons about service and what it means to bring a smile to someone’s face. These experiences paved the way for him in adulthood.

As a child, Falcone grew up around restaurants. His father is a 40-year industry veteran and the first franchisee for McDonald’s. Now, at 33 years old, Falcone has followed in his footsteps to become an accomplished leader in Central Florida’s hospitality sector.

Not only is Falcone a founding franchisee of BurgerFi along with his brothers, with one location in Kissimmee and six others in south Florida, but he is also the managing principal of NDM Hospitality. The group operates
multiple resorts, restaurants and entertainment centers across Central Florida, including Margaritaville Resort Orlando, Island H2O Live! water
park, The Promenade at Sunset Walk and Encore Resort at Reunion, among other ventures.

As a whole, Falcone leads NDM Hospitality with a feeling of community
at the forefront. In addition to developing a company culture around the ability to “win from within,” he places emphasis on giving back to the communities they serve.

“We’ve always built our company on a pillar of mutual success,” he says. “We want to be the best at what we’re doing professionally and be the best at being there for our community and supporting those around us.”

From volunteering as a team at local organizations such as Give Kids the World, The Boys & Girls Club and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to hosting charitable events at the resorts, the company has a culture of giving back.

“With most things we support, there’s a common theme associated with youth and younger children,” Falcone says. “I have two young children. Becoming a father, it became a big passion to help as many kids as possible.”

His long-time commitment to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America developed through a personal experience of his own. At 11 years old, Falcone was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and his work with the foundation has given him the opportunity to give back to kids with similar diagnoses by helping them normalize their situation. His dedication has even become a family affair, with his wife, Jaclyn, joining his efforts in chairing foundation events.

For Falcone, growing his brand, creating community partnerships and supporting his team go hand in hand with giving back. He says, “We’re all about putting smiles on people’s faces and giving back lends itself to that.”

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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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