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 strong work ethics to the importance of punctuality to the benefits of learning to serve others, it’s a great read.
Next up, a marketing-centric profile on THEDRUM.com. Speaking to The Future of Restaurant Marketing, Dan discusses the ever-changing future of restaurant marketing and the importance for restaurant owners and operators to know the value of embracing the current restaurant marketing landscape, from data-driven information usage to social media savvy to learning new technologies. Visit here to read the full profile.
Dan also contributed to two extraordinary panels this month. Invited to speak at an industry luncheon for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Dan weighed in on the direction of the restaurant industry, the challenges of growing a successful brand, how they attract and retain top talent, and what keeps him up at night. With topics such as these, the event proved informative, lively, and interesting. Dan then proudly participated in a roundtable at his alma mater, George Washington University. Designed to give students the opportunity to interact with alumni leaders from various industries and discuss business trends, challenges, and opportunities, Dan was thrilled to interact with the next generation of GW’s business students.