Category: VSAG Team News

Dan Simons on Success, Building Relationships & New Restaurant Openings

Success comes in many shapes and sizes. In the hospitality industry, it means serving the best food and drink you can, in a welcoming space guests want to revisit, and fostering positive relationships… one guest, purveyor, and team member at a time. This may be a tall order, but for our Dan Simons – it’s all in a day’s work. Speaking recently to TechGuruDaily.com, Dan said, “It isn’t about turning tables quickly, which was the old model of successful restaurant management for casual, high-volume restaurants. First and foremost, it’s about providing memorable service. This means meeting the guests where they… read more

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Out in Front: Dan Simons Talks Restaurant Trends

As co-owner in VSAG client Farmers Restaurant Group’s growing Founding Farmers farmer-owned brand of restaurants, Dan Simons is asked to represent VSAG and our clients on a regular basis. Dan loves getting involved and participating in restaurant and hospitality industry conversations that lead to open discussions, and in turn shared education and progress. Recently, Dan was invited to join Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, and a  handful of other experts, in a lively panel discussion about industry trends targeting the future, and development of, suburban areas such as Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia district. Why King of Prussia? Because the… read more

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From National Press to Industry Panels, Dan Simons is Out Front for VSAG & Our Clients

We love it when our co-founders are out in front representing VSAG and our clients in restaurant & hospitality industry events and press features. Dan Simons has been busy making the rounds recently and here’s a look at what he’s been up to: First up, Dan’s insightful feature with the folks at the TODAY show’s Parenting Team. The interview, entitled “8 Reasons Your Kids Should Work in Restaurants,” highlights Dan’s take about why restaurant work is not only a draw for teens and young adults but why he thinks every kid, beginning with teenagers, should work in restaurants. From imparting… read more

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Simons Speaks: Office Space

Our very own, Dan Simons, recently spoke to business industry leader Inc.com to discuss what your office space says about your company culture. Sure, as restaurant and hospitality professionals, we know that first impressions are everything in our restaurant spaces, but Dan was happy to speak to the often-overlooked sibling: office space. In the article How to Use Your Workspace to Ignite Your Culture, Dan loves the idea of thinking outside the proverbial box and taking your office space on the road. What does that mean exactly? Well, it doesn’t get much better for Dan and his team to work in… read more

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Dan Simons: The Value of his “Million Dollar Graduate Degree”

Our resident straight shooter, Dan Simons, was featured in a professional-turned-personal article recently, one in which focused on business acumen, the value of education, lessons learned – and the value of embracing failure. Yup, we said it. And what is our founder doing talking to the press about failure? It’s all in an effort for transparency. In walking his talk, transparency is a must for Dan, and our team. An honest, great read, Dan tells his story to The Next Web. An Entrepreneur’s Failure Equals a Million Dollar MBA speaks to hitting rock bottom and the all-important lesson of crawling out… read more

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Product Branding: Is it for You?

Expansion is good for business. But, as many elements come into play, from budgets and business plans to raising additional capital and fulfilling a niche in order to succeed, as with almost everything else in life… timing is everything. And only you, as operator, will know when the time is right. In order to offer clients the best restaurant consulting practices we can, we look at all dimensions. Recently, we delved into the notion of taking your brand global, offering key techniques and concepts, such as: Know who you are. Know what you are looking to achieve. Know where you want… read more

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Beverage Journal Speaks to Our Very Own Jon Arroyo

A big VSAG shout out to our very own Jon Arroyo for a great feature in Beverage Journal. As our award-winning Beverage Director, Jon knows a thing or two about bar & beverage service. And when Beverage Journal came calling to talk to him about his specialized, innovative work in creating the custom-built, fully functioning micro-batch distillery housed within client Farmers Restaurant Group’s latest Washington, D.C. outpost Farmers & Distillers, Jon was happy to speak about Founding Spirits. In keeping with the restaurant group’s commitment to farming, especially with their ongoing partnership with North Dakota Farmers Union, and their local… read more

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Simons Says: Our Clients are Open For Business with OpenTable!

Dan Simons is a huge fan of data. As a matter of fact, Dan says, “I love the people, but I love the data.” It’s all encompassing for Dan and his team. The process of collecting it. The knowledge that comes with it. The power that it can yield. The direction it points you in to make your business better. In fact, Founding Farmers Marketing Director Meaghan O’Shea adds, “Anytime you can make a decision that’s based on the facts and not necessarily just gut instinct, you’re going to feel more confident with it.” Where does that confidence come from? A successful… read more

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Dan Simons Weighs In: How Big Brands & Big Businesses are Aligning Their Missions With Gen Z & Millennial Consumers

“With the Gen Z and Millennial consumers, it’s clear what matters to them. They want to be part of making the world a better place in everything they do. For us, this is good news. This was our original mission behind sourcing food products in a way that aligned with our sustainability vision.”— Dan Simons Dan recently had the opportunity to discuss this relevant industry topic of how big brands and big businesses need to set themselves apart in today’s market, focusing on the next generation. In a well-received article for Forbes, which was also referenced by The Huffington Post, Dan… read more

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Dan Simons Speaks to Forbes: The Road to Becoming America’s Most Booked Restaurants, 5-Years Running!

As an experienced, sought-after restaurant & hospitality consultant, VSAG Founder Dan Simons has morphed his years in the industry into an acquired narrative of the business of running successful restaurants and keeping a keen eye on what diners want. Dan loves participating in open, honest, valuable conversation about the industry he loves. One such conversation recently took place with Forbes contributor Brian Rashid. The outcome: How Founding Farmers Became the Most Booked Restaurant in the U.S. for 5-Years Running, where Dan dished on the amazing success of VSAG client, Founding Farmers, and the journey Dan has taken with Farmers Restaurant Group,… read more

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