Category: VSAG Team News

Dan Simons Out Front with Forbes: Formula for Leadership Model Success.

Dan Simons was recently approached by Forbes magazine to discuss his business leadership style and recipe for success. When a business industry media giant like Forbes comes calling, what’s one to do? You set forth and provide contributor Jeff Boss with an honest, hard-hitting account profiling your business leadership style – the highs, the lows, the lessons learned.  The result: Why This Leadership Model Simply Cannot be Argued With. Now garnering media and industry attention, Dan wanted to share some snippets from the article outlining our work with longtime VSAG client, Farmers Restaurant Group. “The seed from which a business… read more

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Dan Simons on Industry Watch

Recently named one of Entrepreneur’s 10 Personal Branding Experts to Follow This Year for his innovative concept development and championing of environmental protection, workers rights, and ethical operations, Founder Dan Simons is oft sought out for his honest, well versed take on the daily challenges of running operations for a successful restaurant consulting company and restaurant group. Now, Dan is out-front once again addressing restaurant & hospitality related topics for consumer and industry operators’ consumption.  With topics ranging from Corporate Responsibility to Handling Explosive Growth to New Business Concepts & Ventures, here’s a roundup of some of Dan’s recent press coverage.*NOTE: all… read more

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VSAG on Sustainability Watch: Client News Feature

Word of our company’s and our client’s sustainability efforts and work with The George Washington University (GWU) has been featured in the GW Hatchet, an independent, well-established student newspaper serving the GWU community of Washington, D.C. Our very own Vice President of Conceptual Projects, Valerie Zweig, is featured in the article discussing our successful partnership with GWU’s undergraduate honey bee research and beekeeping program, now approaching it’s sixth year “It’s been a great partnership,” Zweig said. “We love the connection within the community and really love how the bees have inspired us through everything.” As a company, we guide our… read more

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VSAG Team Talk: Dan Simons on Corporate Sustainability Responsibility

“I think no matter what your political or scientific views, everyone can agree that clean air, greenery, and a sense of community are important to happiness.” Here, here … Dan Simons! Just a taste of VSAG Founder Dan Simons’ feature this week on top entrepreneurial resource site, Alltopstartups, as he discussed the important, relevant restaurant & hospitality industry topics of corporate sustainability and environmental mindfulness. As a nation, we’ve watched and listened as these issues have been discussed, and debated, of late. But, how do these broad, overarching themes boil down to our business practices? Speaking on behalf of our… read more

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VSAG Founder Dan Simons Speaks to Responding To Bad Reviews & Coming Out Stronger

For those of us who’ve been in the restaurant business for sometime, we’ve all been served a piece of humble pie a time or two (or three!). But what defines us is how we deal with negativity that is par for the course in this subjective service industry. Bad reviews, negative press, customer grievances, and the like are never a pleasure to read or hear, but there are lessons to be learned IF you’re willing to put your ego aside and listen, analyze, and make necessary changes in order to better your business. Take note. “We’re transparent about who we… read more

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How Restaurant Chains Run Differently than Independent Restaurants?

Always striving for industry insight to better serve our clients, we went straight to our very own, Dan Simons, for his insight on this topic. Is one model better for business? What are the differences? What sets the daily operations of these two entities apart? Here’s Dan’s take: Resources. Chain restaurants have the benefit of more resources. From purchasing and food safety to facility management and more employees to expedite the workload, all can lead to positive results. On the other hand, many independents are under-resourced for these areas of operations and more, oftentimes leaving them feeling like they are… read more

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Cooking Up a Storm: Dan Simons Featured in The Huffington Post

What makes a restaurant business a success? We believe it’s a combination of the people and their passion for what they do. Our people and passion for the restaurant and hospitality industry are shared by our team. That’s why we entered into this business. Not an easy one, but one that can bring incredible fulfillment. That shared philosophy is on display in a recent Huffington Post profile featuring Dan Simons, our company, and our work with the development, steady growth, and sustainable concept of client, Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG). Dan’s “Anything Can Happen” mantra allows for an FRG company culture that… read more

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Dan Simons Speaks to the Mission and Success of VSAG Client, Founding Farmers

A great big shout out to our very own Dan Simons on getting out in front of the Farmers Restaurant Group brand, Founding Farmers. His passion and dedication to increasing demand for family-farmed products and educating on the message of family farming vs. corporate farms-industries, is a common thread running through the farmer-owned, Founding Farmers brand. As concept developer and owner, Dan’s commitment to the brand is on display within two significant media pieces. In the recent Huffington Post blog feature, A New Deal for Farmers – How Founding Farmers is Changing the Game, Dan speaks to his belief that “Farmers… read more

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VSAG Feature: Bringing a Restaurant to Life 


Always willing to take part in a conversation focused on sharing ideas, building relationships, and therefore bettering our business, Founder Dan Simons (*photo: right) was happy to participate in a recent industry trends panel. The Focus: DC Retail & Restaurant Industry. Hosted by: Bisnow, a leading international commercial real estate team focused on local-market networking, reaching their millions of savvy retail industry fans through their annual conferences, e-newsletters, and outreach. Topics Covered: Consumer demand and trends facing the restaurant & hospitality industry, including: the art of creating a successful concept, finance and development strategies, design and construction best practices, and effective e-commerce… read more

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Protect Your Brand + Reputation: The Social Media Neutralizer

Social media is a contact sport. The sooner that concept is embraced, the better prepared any restaurant business will be. Restaurants are a tough business for many reasons. One underrated issue is word of mouth – reviews are what can provide a boost as well as what can sink a fledgling restaurant. And more likely than not, the one person who has a bad experience at a restaurant will shout the loudest – louder than most satisfied customers. While grappling with this issue, VSAG Founder Dan Simons developed a methodology which he later coined: the Social Media Neutralizer. Creating a… read more

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