What year did you join RFMA? I was at the first meeting in 2004. There was a need for the restaurateurs to have an organization dedicated to Restaurant Facility Managers.
Why did you join RFMA? I was intrigued with the thought of being part of an organization the focused on the progression of the restaurant facility management industry
What groups are you involved in with RFMA? I have been involved with supporting one or more committees all the years RFMA has been in existence. Membership Development, Program Co-chair for all committee’s in the organization for a couple years. The last few years I have been on the Steering Committee for RFMA Gives
What do you like most about RFMA and why? Most of the members have become personal friends. We have a comfort level sharing our successes and opportunities like no other association. We have shown how it is possible to become more professional contributors to the industry together.
Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I like to resource the vendor/supplier membership to find support to execute projects for the restaurateur’s members within our organization.
Where did you grow up? Detroit metro area
What is your proudest accomplishment? Starting a business when I had a very profound hearing disability. I was the bread winner. I had to find a way provide for my family. It was a necessary to use my instinct to step through the doorway of the unknown. We were blessed to have some industry friends that were willing to take a chance on us providing solutions to their many opportunities.
If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would probably start a business in another industry. But, my top priority is to spend more time with my family at this point in my life!
Who is your favorite sports team? University of Michigan- Football and Basketball
What is your favorite place in the world? Holland Michigan
What’s your favorite type of food? Frankenmuth Chicken
What is your favorite book? The Success Code
What is one of your favorite quotes? We are only as good as our last project!
What is your favorite song? Hotel California
Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? Lipreading. I can usually understand conversations between people the next car over from mine.
If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Thomas Edison- He was one of Americas finest inventors. The light bulb, sound recording, motion pictures, etc. He also was one of the first to introduce teamwork philosophies to processes
Who knows you the best? My wife
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