My very first job in food was at the age of 16 and I was given the opportunity to scoop ice cream, make cinnamon buns, and talk with the public every single day. That for me was it.
I was hooked and I have been ever since but I have never owned a restaurant.
You see I may not own a restaurant (yet) but my passion runs extremely deep for this industry and I am confident that my desire to see everyone who is involved in this industry succeed is beyond measure.
This industry has given me so much and now I look to give back to it. Through my Half A Dozen Hospitality Podcast, our Half A Dozen Dinner Series, my consulting work, and other projects I have I the go, I am looking to give back to this industry every opportunity that I can.
I feel like Jerry Maguire right now. “A night like this doesn’t come around often, I seized it.”
I want to do whatever I can to help as many people as I can in this industry right the ship. I feel like there is a ton of room for improvement and I am ready to get to work facilitating that change. Who is coming with me?
I don’t own a restaurant, but after being in this industry for 21 years I have never been more excited and motivated to help this industry move forward. Admittedly I cannot do this alone, but as Margaret Mead so eloquently put it, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
I am here to create a platform for the industry to come together and create some earth shattering positive change. Through education, conversations, and sharing I am confident we can get this business running like a fine tuned machine.
Through my nearly 100 podcasts (Episode 96 released today w/ guest Alex Black) and the conversations that it has facilitated I now understand better than ever that there are so many of us out there with challenges, issues, problems, and daunting tasks that are our current reality every single day. So what I am challenging myself to do is give a hand wherever and whenever I can to help change the reality of this industry to one where we slowly start hearing less and less about staffing issues, high food costs, low margins, bad landlords, worse guests, and overall feeling like everyone is just burnt out.
There is no such thing as the perfect restaurant, the perfect service, the perfect latte, or the perfect plate, but we can all come together to create a movement that will take us a heck of a lot closer to our collective vision for this industry. We don’t need an echo chamber of people airing the same grievances, what we need is a decision made on what we want as our reality and then set out to achieve it. With a unified front we can and will see some pretty epic change. This is a hill I am willing to die on alone if I have to, one client, or podcast, or pop up charity dinner at a time ensuring that the reality is better today than it was yesterday.
If you are out there and you have lost your desire, passion, care, and you are in a leadership role, I get it, but we need you to reconnect with why you started in this industry in the first place. We need people with passion, a vision and a desire to not only lift themselves up, but all of those around them.
There is far too much talent in this city alone to let it all get burnt out and beat up until it no longer exists. Lets connect and support each other to facilitate an incredible story of positive change and put our industry on the map for doing it the right way and creating a sustainable model for everyone involved.
Who is with me?