A Seattle native, Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University and graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in New York with an Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary. All together, Anderson brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business. Today, Anderson serves as vice president of operations for Consolidated Restaurants, Inc., which owns and operates The Metropolitan Grill, Elliott’s Oyster House, Steamer’s Seafood Cafes, Quincy’s Chargrilled Burgers, and The Wing Dome.
Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.
“Lets Get there. Focus on solutions rather than obstacles.”
Whats Your Purpose, or Your “WHY”?
Growing and developing young professionals and guiding them in their lives.
Your “It” Factors
- Guiding people with the direction of their life.
- Putting people in the right place in their restaurant group.
- Work ethic.
- Understanding that people need attonomy and the ability to express what they love.
Career Challenge or Failure
Not balance work and life well. You need to make time for family. The best way to make time for family, is to schedule it.
1. What advice do you have for funding a restaurant?
Find good people to work with and do your homework. Getting investors isn’t easy, and you don’t get too many shots. Don’t mess it up.
2. Success is so dependent on your people. What is your advice on hiring, managing and retaining people?
Hire for attitude and trust your gut. Do your homework by checking their references.
3. What are some current challenges or industry challenges you see coming?
Dealing with political mandates. One in particular is the the rise in minimum wage. Anderson, believes a surplus charge is the best model for his restaurant group.
4. Recommended book?
Beyond Food and Cooking
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5. Recommended tool or technology?
Venga– Digestible big data for restaurants. Integrating OpenTable with your POS to drive repeat visits and power the guest experience. Personalize service, target marketing, and reveal trends. Engagement, retention and recovery for your restaurant.
Compeat– Restaurant Accounting, Inventory, Payroll and Workforce Management Software. Sharpen control over your inventory, food & beverage costs, daily sales, labor compliance & cost, accounting and payroll with one fully integrated system.Customers report an average reduction of 2.57% in food cost and 2.54% in beverage cost, with significant savings in administration time.Save time and improve accuracy with information flowing automatically from your Point of Sale system, through operations, and on to accounting.6. With all the knowledge you have now, if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?
WiseTail- the next generation Learning Management System (LMS). Our LMS makes online learning more engaging. Online Learning doesn’t have to be a series of tasks. It should be a continuous, immersive experience where each learner is invested in their own development.
6. If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of business advice, what would it be?
Speak up and ask more questions. Be more direct.
7. What is one question you think should be added to this interview?
Do you have a mentor that guided you career?
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