My career in the service industry started because I needed to save some money for gas and insurance before getting my driver’s license. There were a handful of businesses within walking distance from our house in Georgetown, Texas and one of them, a tiny family-owned Italian restaurant, just happened to be in the market for someone to wash dishes, buss tables, and clean the bathrooms. I was their guy. When I turned 16 a few months later, I pestered my way into my first serving position at an awesome 1950′s-style diner called Monument Cafe which has since been featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Needless to say, these early job decisions turned into a career.
My career as a server carried me through college, during which time I had the opportunity to oversee the private dining program at one of the most exclusive, fine-dining steakhouses in Dallas and one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the United States. The experience I gained from standing in front of and speaking to large groups of business executives, attorneys, doctors, celebrities, and professional athletes was unlike anything I could have experienced elsewhere and further solidified my belief that this is truly an awesome industry to be a part of.