UPDATED: Leggett Taps Robert Dorfman to Lead DLC

Robert Dorfman Linked in Photo from Montgomery County

Robert Dorfman

UPDATED 12.20.16 Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett wants to appoint Robert Dorfman as the new director of the Department of Liquor Control.

Dorfman, a North Potomac resident, will be paid a salary of $220,000, according to county spokesperson Patrick Lacefield.

“Bob Dorfman has been a success wherever he worked, “said Leggett. “He is just the leader we need to bring private sector experience to the Department of Liquor Control. He will take the important improvements we have already made in bolstering sales and customer service and take them to the next level. This is a leader who thrives on challenges – and that is just what we need.”

“The County’s Department of Liquor Control has already taken some very meaningful steps to address previous issues and concerns,” said Dorfman. “I’m looking forward to adding my experience and expertise, from years of success in the private sector, to further strengthen the Department’s important role in servicing the needs of its customers, and positively enhancing the financial benefit to the County.”

According to a county news release, Dorfman served in several senior level executive positions at Marriott International. Among those, he was president of Host International, the world leader in airport, travel plazas and sports and entertainment food and beverage operations (responsible for $1.5 billion in annual income and 25,000 employees). He was the nation’s second largest franchisee of Five Guys (operating 35 locations in Florida, Texas, and Ohio), and was president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TrustHouse Services Group, the sixth-largest contract services company in the United States. Most recently, he served as Managing Partner of two World of Beer franchises in Virginia.

The mission of the DLC is to provide licensing, wholesale and retail sales of alcoholic beverages, enforcement, and effective training and education programs. The annual budget is $63 million and the department employs about 300 full-time and 160 part-time employees. It generates about $280 million in net sales. According to a news release, that amount covers all the department’s expenses while also paying off $11 million in outstanding bonds and contributing $21 million to the General Fund.liquorcontrol

You may remember that former DLC Director George Griffin left his post earlier this year, and Fariba Kassiri, assistant chief administrative officer, was named acting director of the department.

The appointment of Dorfman is subject to confirmation by the Montgomery County Council.

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Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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