288: Choosing to be great instead of big with Scotty Wise


In this episode we talk about doing something great instead of something big, extending trust before receiving it, surrounding yourself with great people, and hiring people that make you laugh.

Scott Wise is the President & CEO of a Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, Scotty’s Brew Club and Scotty’s Dawghouse. With 15 restaurants in Indiana, 4 more being built in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Plainfield, Indiana, the Brewhouse team has been busy.

Scotty is well known as a community philanthropist, consistently committing his time and effort along with monetary and food donations to causes in every city in which his restaurants reside.

Show notes…

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Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

“The true character of a person is not shown when things are going well, but when their back is against the wall.”

Career Challenge or Failure

Opening a second location. You can’t do enough planning and market research. Just because your first restaurant worked out, doesn’t mean your second restaurant will be successful.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • Staying grounded and humble.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Overextending yourself.
  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    • being honest open and true to others.
    • You can ask anything of people if you’re willing to work right there with them and be open and honest.
  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?  

    • Ask them to share a joke. Are they quick and witty? Can they make you laugh?
  5. What’s a current challenge?

    • The type of employees that are available today.
  6. What’s one thing (besides food) your restaurant does well and separates you from other restaurants?

    • Their beer.
    • They have fun with their menu. There is humor
  7. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

  8. What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

    • Table-up– Powering a restaurant’s host stand, loyalty program, mobile app, online ordering, gift cards, and mobile payments – seamlessly integrated with their existing POS
    • Relevant Mobile– Relevant is an all-in-one mobile solution. that connects brands to customers. We’re on a mission to win hearts, minds and smartphones.
  9. 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?

    • Don’t grow too quickly. Take time to enjoy the journey and develop yourself and make sure you’re in a good position to expand.

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