My Story I
have considerable experience managing very busy establishments with an emphasis on providing niche cocktails, craft beers
and quality food in a busy but casual environment. Among them was the Porterhouse Brewing Company in Dublin Ireland,
The largest Irish owned brewery in Ireland, which operated 5 Pubs, including the second busiest in London, U.K.. I am pretty
familiar with craft beers and was regularly sent to other destination on the European continent solely to learn
about beer, food and customs. Some of the establishments where I managed also offered live entertainment too.(more on
Early in my career, after completing college, I was hired to work at the Le Bel
Age Hotel in Beverly Hills, part of the L'ermitage Hotel group. It was during my time there that the foundation was
laid leading to my success in implementing and maintaining high standards in food quality and service at all my
subsequent places of employment.
As well as
having an F&B background, I am also a sports enthusiast who played and taught golf professionally. I have both a IPGA
and USGTF certification.
I learned to play guitar at an early age and began playing in bands by my late
teens. I've never had stars in my eyes but I found playing in front of people a lot of fun. My ability to play guitar and
sing opened up great opportunities for me to tour and play hundreds of live concerts in various countries as well as record
music. Music is my passion and is quite personal to me, so as long as I'm alive I will always be jammin on the side or kickin
it with a band just for the sheer enjoyment of it.
The career path(s) I've chosen have afforded
me the opportunity to live and travel extensively throughout Europe and parts of Asia. Being American, I found that people
in other countries were more open to employing me because I offered something different. Those opportunities in turn allowed
me learn new things and gather experiences I might not have had if I hadn't made the decision to go abroad. I consider myself
fortunate for having those experiences. Not only did a learn a lot, but I have plenty of cool stories as well.
Qualifications & Certifications
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Certified Golf Professional * Graduate
Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management
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Restaurant & Bar
Positions held: General Manager, Executive Chef, Restaurant
Manager, Assistant Manager, Head Chef, Bartender, Chef, Consultant, Restaurant Owner.
Positions held: Country Club GM, Head Golf Professional, Teaching Assistant, Golf
Shop Manager/Sales Assistant, Range Attendant and Tournament Professional in the U.S. Canada, Europe& Asia
Other Positions and Skills: Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Lead Guitarist with professional
international touring & recording experience * Real Estate Property Inspector * Website Developer * Sales & Marketing
* Photography * Computer Literate & Internet Savvy. Proficient with most Microsoft and some Adobe applications * Type
50 words a minute.
Independent Self Starter,
Reliable/Dependable. Trustworthy, Patient, Punctual, Excellent communicator with experience teaching students as well as training
and supervising staff.
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Popular wedding venue and weekend destination.
Part time position, very lucrative. One of the better gigs I've had. I get along with the owners very well and
we have a lot of fun.Duties include bartending, end of day procedure using Aloha POS and locking up. On occasion, I will
be asked to cook Sunday and holiday themed brunches.
Consultant for 2 unit restaurant company.
Contracted for 1 year to implement required changes. Overseeing the establishment of SafeServe and HACCP protocols, streamlining
and standardizing the ordering process, streamlining and standardizing food preparation, establishing higher standards
of 'from scratch cooking'.
March 2009 to January 2010: Nations Realty, West Palm Beach, Fla
Independent contractor for Real Estate Company. Internet
based position, where my duties included; obtaining tasks from company website (5 to 30 a day), route planning, visit &
inspect properties, take photographs of properties, label all photographs with attached property comment sheet to send
to agents within the company assigned to that property. Liaise with representatives of financial institutions, law offices, other
real estate companies along with property owners & occupants.March 2008 to January
2010: Winston Trails Golf Club, Lake Worth, Florida
General Manager/Head Chef
Responsible for entire clubhouse
operation, including the restaurant, patio bar, turn house & beverage cart and the large banquet facility which could
cater to 300 people. Responsibilities included sales, marketing and coordinating 200+ annual functions, including weddings, parties
and golf related outtings. Further responsibilites included; staff hiring, training and supervision, menu creation, cooking, maintaining
appropriate F & B stock levels, Programming POS system, P & L margins and end of day.
March 2005 to Jan 2008: 241 Pizza, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
After operating out of the kitchens of the Porterhouse Brewing
Company, I moved operations to a unit located in a shopping mall where the anchor tenant was a multi-national supermarket
chain. Three months after moving in, an approached was made by the anchor tenant with a view to selling my lease,
which would allow them to redevelop the entire complex.. After a couple of month of tense negotiations,we agreed an offer
that I could not refuse.
Head Chef/Asst. Manager
Employed as Chef, 1992. Left after one
year to pursue my golf interests in the U.S. Maintained personal contact with directors throughout my absence. Re-employed
on a part time basis in 2003 and assumed head Chef responsibilites in 2005. I Achieved great success in food production
and exceeded company standards of quality control & prompt output. Food sales increased during my tenure from previous
years while labor costs decreased, exceeding the expectations of the company directors. As a direct result of my success
in the Kitchen, I was promoted to Assistant Manager of all departments including bar, nightclub, restaurant & hotel.
The new responsibilities included hiring, scheduling and supervision of all staff, end of day and banking. Simultaneous
to my job at the Porterhouse, as part of our agreement, I was allowed to launch my concept, "241 Pizza" from
the Porterhouse kitchens. I was able to perform my duties and grow within the company while also running my business
to a level that required me to eventually resign my position within the company and move it out of the Porterhouse so
it was able to grow.
July 2001 to Dec 2007 Greystones Driving Range, Greystones, IrelandManager/Golf Professional
Manager of a 30 bay driving range. Duties
included running the day to day business, giving golf lessons using the latest video technology,running clinics &
beginner group classes, sale of merchandise, club fitting and repair service. During this time I was a member of the
faculty at Cabinteely Adult Education Centre in Dublin, where I held two 1-hour golf instruction classes per week for
beginning adults. I still give lessons to many of my clients via the internet through my online golf academy,www.golffor99cent.com
Public golf facility. As the golf
season in Canada is somewhat shorter than other places, I spent the winter months in California or Florida playing
on professional Golf Tours.I still give lessons to many of my clients via the internetthrough my online golf academy www.golffor99cent.com