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Leadership in the Restaurant Industry is Inspiring!

As Founder and CEO at MonkeyMedia Software and the MMS Catering Institute, I get to spend my time learning from great leaders in the restaurant industry.  I am so inspired by the passion, diligence and resilience of the great people that are responsible for today’s stewardship of the restaurant industry.

I am so grateful the the many supporters of this project, and our plan to donate this legacy story to the industry as an education piece is well on track.  Check out Back To Basics.

Check out this podcast with Nate Riggs from Last week;

http://www.nateriggs.com/046-erle-dardick-mike-tyler-on-the-documentary-back-to-basics/

Also, check out these great photos from the project so far with Ron Shaich, Ed Rensi, Darren Tristano and Matthew Corrin.  Later in the year, we will be filming with Kat Cole, Dawn Sweeney, Paul Mangiamele,  Jim Vinz, Al Bhakta, Ari Weinzweig and Jon Luther Sr.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting this project!

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Mike Tyler getting his camera ready!

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Matthew Corrin, CEO at Freshii getting ready for his segment.

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Don Fox, CEO at Firehouse Subs shares is most regrettable Leadership Moment.

 

 

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Saying thank you to Ron Shaich, Founder and CEO at Panera Bread after his very generous interview.

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Darren Tristano, VP at Technomics, giving us an analysts perspective.

 

Ed Rensi

Ed Rensi, CEO at Famous Dave’s and Retired CEO of McDonald’s sharing great stories.

 

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Heading to NRA 2013? – Join the Celebration of Technology Dinner, May 19, 2013

I always look forward to this time of year.  As a restaurant operator in Vancouver years ago, I always made sure I attended the National Restaurant Association gathering, year after year.  Mostly, it was for the learning.  Lot’s of learning.

Even today, 15 years later, as the CEO of MonkeyMedia Software and the Founder of the MMS Catering Institute, I still go for the learning.

There are so many events to choose from in just 5 short days.  One of my favourites is the Celebration of Technology at Zed 451 on Sunday night, May 19.  I’d recommend you attend if you are in Chicago.  You can register here.

But today, it’s become more than just learning for me.  As our organization works with thousands of restaurant operators, day in and day out, all focused on their catering operations.  We owe it to our community to reach high and be the best that we can be.  A never ending commitment to make ourselves better.  We can only do that by taking part in community based activities.  We need the feedback, validation and the passion of others.

Well, over the years, you end up making great friends.  Real friends.  Nice people working in an amazing industry.  I enjoy circling back, year after year.  I really go there for community…. to be part of something fantastic and make sure that I have a place to “hang my hat”.  Check out this video that Dawn Sweeney made, as the president and ceo of NRA.

I think she does a great job at setting her passion for her work in this video.

Well, there’s always alot to discuss.  Me?  I’ll look forward to meeting you on the show floor, or perhaps, if you have time, you might come by our booth where we are showcasing the services of the MMS Catering Institute and MonkeyMedia Software.  Booth #6878.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Think Community! – I am inspired by all of you

Well, the end of another week.

Had my feet well planted this week. So that always feels great.  Something about not traveling on the road this week.  That made space for a different rhythm during the days.  Next week, it’s wheels up!  Again.  I know, that’s a good thing right?  After all, if not for face time with great people, what fun would it all be?  It’s always been about the people for me.  Always.  I love what I do at MonkeyMedia Software.

Today something really amazing happened!  I mean really amazing.  I mean, when I put out the idea of making a documentary film for the restaurant industry with the idea of donating the effort and proceeds to Prostart, I never imagined it would turn into this!

My “Cadre de Compadres” has been feverishly working on our restaurant documentary film, Back to Basics.  That’s what we call ourselves.  The Cadre de Compadres!  Given to us by the mayor of our little world in North Hollywood, Chase Leblanc.  He’s helping me on the script.  Among many other things.  (Hey Chase, how’s the script going anyways?)

Think community

Anyways, Back To Basics is picking up incredible momentum.  You see, as the project grows in scale and opportunity, so does the effort and resource requirement.  Like any growing venture, it’s becoming demanding.  But that’s a good thing!  Thing is, we are just small people over here, trying to do small things.

Well, it turns out that its the small things that matter.  The many small things, turns into the BIG things.  One small thing at a time.

Well today, a member of our restaurant community, a very important leader, came forward with a $10,000 cash donation to the overall expenses of this project.  We’ve decided to put the money, along with an additional $5,000 cash donation from another donor, into the endowment fund to help with the overall costs to help get this project done.  This does not include the endless labor of love that 30 other people have already provided to this project.

When you have people like Ed Rensi, Jon Luther Sr., Ron Shaich, Jim Vinz, Don Fox, Paul Mangiamele, Al Bhakta, Kat Cole, Carin Stutz, Dawn Sweeney, Roz Mallet, Ari Weinzweig, Peter Romeo, Darren Tristano, Chris Lowe and Bill Cunningham starring in a documentary, people take you seriously!  

And so, I leave you with one thought today.  Think Community!  Maybe together we can raise more than a million dollars for the education of our young people.  The next generation of leaders.  Very important for all of us.  That I know.

Not only will you be feel great about helping, if you invest in the right places you might even make something amazing happen!  Just look at this project.  Something out of nothing.

If any of you would like to support this project, please know that your community would be very, very grateful.  Just reach out.

Me?  I’ll focus on the small things!  Seems to be working.

Have a great weekend!  And thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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