CEO at Round The Table Hospitality
JuntoMentor: Solid Digital (J2)
"I’ve learned about the importance and impact of mentoring. You don’t realize until later the importance of mentoring, teaching, and learning, and they’re impactful in ways that I don’t always realize."
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
You can never learn enough and should never stop striving to improve.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
My areas of industry and market expertise are in hospitality and hospitality solutions. My function is to develop the business and maintain the culture that provides that hospitality, providing mentoring, and finding opportunities.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
The Founder’s Mentality. It’s all about maintaining a founder’s mentality when leading a business - paying attention to the details, having the fire to grow the business, and keeping that drive that founders need to have.
What is your superpower?
I’m still looking for it.
What are you working on right now?
My job has gone from the daily activity of servicing client needs to evolving our core business, and trying to improve the practices. We just made a significant move, from a 10,000 square foot facility to 80,000. The things that made us successful are not the things that will make us successful moving forward. We’re taking a look at all of that to get us to the next step.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
My background was in social work and I learned early on about the importance of engagement and communication. Also, things that have become increasingly important and critical to success of leaders are honesty, transparency, and inclusiveness. You have to communicate, engage, be credible, be honest and transparent, and include your teammates.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
I’ve learned about the importance and impact of mentoring. You don’t realize until later the importance of mentoring, teaching, and learning, and they’re impactful in ways that I don’t always realize.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
Meeting Raman. He impressed me from the get-go...his attitude, his devotion to the mission. I’ve been in and out of Junto, I haven’t been as involved as I’d like to be but what always brings me back is Raman and his passion and drive.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
The greatest training that I had in regards to my own emotional intelligence was from my time in social work. The core component of social work is an underscoring of empathy. With empathy, you have the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and it allows you to engage with other people. At the core, without empathy, you limit your ability to engage with others - you may be able to engage intellectually, but you cannot engage emotionally.