Leaders are readers

I picked up a habit years ago based on advice given to me as a college student.

“Leaders are readers”

 These words were permanently etched into my mind, and I’ve been trying to live by them ever since.

Here are a few books that have kept me company in the early winter hours in January when the house was cold and quiet and no one else is stirring.

Small Giants by Bo Burlingham


This book was a huge affirmation of the choices I made to do business my way and not to just follow the standard ideas that have gone … more »

Blame it on the economy?

empty restaurant

Dear Entrepreneur,

It’s been a long winter this year.  You know it’s been rough when it hits 40 degrees and you think it’s a good day to grill out.  Thankfully seasons come and seasons go.  The sun always comes up.  Spring always arrives, with Hope tagging right along behind it.

Winter is always a tough season in our business.  The wind and cold keep people away and there is nothing you can do about it.  And when business is slow like this, it’s easy to fall into a slump of blame and complaint instead of thinking creatively about what you … more »

As Jack would say…

all good things must come to an end.

street sign

For the better part of two years, the process of creating Jack&June has been a labor of love for me, going from an idea and a few menu sketches to a beautiful Railyard restaurant with fantastic kitchen and service staff.  There was no way of imagining what the dynamics of the new West Haymarket Expansion would be.  They have been challenging to say the least, not to mention unpredictable at most.

more steel

It’s become clear that the concept of Jack&June as it was originally designed needs to change to adapt to the demanding … more »