Education: B.S. in restaurant management from The Ohio State University, attended Culinary Institute of America and completed an externship before leaving to work on the start-up of Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants
What do you order when you eat at Sizzler?
Tri-tip steak, salmon or Malibu chicken and endless salad bar
What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?
Grandfather’s Spudnut Donut shop when I was 12 years old. I learned a passion for food and hospitality from working with the ultimate entrepreneur my grandfather.
Whom do you admire most and why?
Jesus because he forgave us for all our sins, and he didn’t even know us, my wife for her incredible ability to make everyone feel they are her best friend, Dennis Scott (partner at HomeTown Buffet and now Sizzler) for his respect for people and passion for serving them great food, [and] the people that I work with here at Sizzler because they believe that what they do every day in serving our guests is important and meaningful and they do it with such passion and commitment.
What’s your definition of success?
When someone who might otherwise not realize or believe in their own talent discovers their talent and then pushes themselves to make a difference in their life and those who they are honored to work with.
What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
The only power anyone has over you is the power you give them. Your integrity is the most precious thing you own; don’t ever let anyone get you to compromise it.
Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?
I take a moment to reflect about what I can actually change and what I can’t and then I spend my time only on the things that I can change and just deal with the rest.