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I Am Out Of Answers At This Moment In Time

I Am Out Of Answers At This Moment In Time

March 25, 2020

Looking back over the past week or so I cannot actually pinpoint where all of this seemed to really look and feel so different.

For so many of us life as we know it is now dramatically different for us than it was at the beginning of 2020. The days just feel different don't they?

Here in Canada our Government is emphasizing the importance of self isolation and shutting down non essential businesses left right and centre. The new reality we are facing as a Country but also as a global community is having such a huge impact on numerous industries and this virus has left the hospitality industry in its wake.

This past week I spoke to clients (and friends) that were in tears because of their inability to remain open, others who have had to file for bankruptcy, others who have had to fire nearly 50 people in one day. I remind you that all of these people own small to medium sized businesses and the reality of laying off close to 50 people is something I never thought I would have to see. 

While in these conversations with my clients I so badly want to brainstorm with them to create so genius plan or I want to be able to offer some incredible advice on how to make it through this pandemic we are facing. But the reality is that I don't have a plan or a great idea or some cool innovative approach to weathering this storm, what I do have is an ear and I am here to listen and learn as much as I can.

To anyone of you that listens to this podcast or reads these posts please know that you are not alone and there are so many people that are ready and willing to be there for you whenever you may need them and I would like for you to consider me that person for you as well.

This is hard. 

There is nothing about our current situation that is easy. However I am hopeful bordering on confident that we will all come out of this thing in much better shape than before and when that happens I cannot wait to celebrate all of that with you.


Likely One Of The Most Challenging Times This Industry Will Face

Likely One Of The Most Challenging Times This Industry Will Face

March 18, 2020

I won't begin to pretend that I even have the slightest clue what is going on in the world today and as we have all seen so much is changing by the minute. 

Self isolation, businesses closing, bills still needing to get paid, and of course the most important piece their are people that are becoming ill and struggling with this virus. 

There are so many harsh realities that we are facing on a global scale at the moment and we will not be the same after this is over. To that point, the need for change had to come and it was especially needed for the hospitality industry. While I could think of 100 other ways to offer as corrective action for our industry this is our reality right now and we need to deal with what is in front of us. 

It is time to do our part as an industry to curb this infectious disease first and foremost and then worry about the money after. 

I am confident in our government in Canada and others around the world that they will see the importance of this industry and inject a stimulus that will see us all through this current situation.

In the meantime lets all do our part to 1. Stop this thing from spreading any further by following the advice of our governments. 2. Come together to share and help each other where ever and when ever it is needed. 3. Keep a level head about us and know that this will pass.

We Are All Just Trying To Turn Right

We Are All Just Trying To Turn Right

March 11, 2020

Through my work as a consultant I am seeing more and more of my time spent on the mindset of my clients more than anything else.

As I break down in this weeks podcast the importance of tightening up labour percentages, hiring procedures and cost of goods are always evident when I work with my clients. However all of those systems and processes are for not if the mind isn't right.

This industry demands so much from everyone in it from the farmer that produces the food to the dishwasher who washes the dishes that I wonder how much time are we spending on ensuring that our mindset is right? How much time are we spending to ensure we can show up daily and perform for our team around us and the customers who have chosen us?

While I myself am still working on my mindset I am seeing more and more how potent this tool can be in getting ahead in business and in life.

In this podcast I tough on limiting beliefs and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will not only push you but can see the obvious potential within you.

I'd love to hear how you current approach your mindset and how it either positively or negatively it impacts your personal and professional life.



What I Learned From Lumberjack

What I Learned From Lumberjack

March 4, 2020

A quick one today as I share a story that is so appropriate really for all of us to listen to BUT especially those of us in the hospitality industry.

On today's podcast I share what I have learned from a lumberjack.

The awesome story that Steven Covey has shared so many times about the two lumberjacks one who worked non-stop for hours upon hours upon hours the other who took breaks often to sharpen his saw.

In essence this story, for me, is about the importance of taking a break, doing 'nothing' and resting.

The hospitality industry at times can almost reward someone who is working endlessly just like the one lumberjack in the story, but we know intuitively that there is no sustainability to working for days, weeks or months in a row. Yet so many of us do it.

To increase your potential of not only thriving in business but also living a much healthier and enjoyable life, make sure you take time to sharpen your saw every so often. You'll be glad that you did.

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How My Mom Defines Hospitality

How My Mom Defines Hospitality

February 26, 2020

I actually had no idea that my Mom started working in the hospitality industry when she was 15 but she shared that and so much more on what was a unique podcast in our car on a ride home from the airport.

Most of the passion I have for all things food and hospitality really starts with my Mom. She was the first person that I can really remember encouraging me to get involved with food. And as she shares on this podcast the one who let me take my first crack at cooking on my own with my version of scrambled eggs.

I owe a lot of what I know about food and my desire to work with food and people to my Mom so this podcast, as random as it may seem as we drove through Vancouver really means a lot to me and I am happy to share it with you all.

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Sean Beckingham: Leading from the front with creative marketing

Sean Beckingham: Leading from the front with creative marketing

February 19, 2020

7+ years ago I met today's guest as we teamed up to work on a dinner series supporting a new book tour. Since then I have always considered Sean Beckingham of Branding and Buzzing a friend and someone who is a thought leader when it comes to marketing in the hospitality space.

Sean has a plethora of experience and an even greater passion to work with his clients within this industry and along with the help of his working team create some pretty awesome work.

I was able to dive deeper with Sean today on a broad spectrum of topics but made sure we always brought it back to food and marketing.

Sean offers up so many great pieces of information on the podcast so be sure to get your pens and paper out as you won't want to miss some of these jewels for growing your brand.

To learn more about what Sean and his partner Marian Staresnic have built at Branding and Buzzing check out their website HERE.


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Edie Steensma & Gianmarco Colannino: Running the best bar in the city

Edie Steensma & Gianmarco Colannino: Running the best bar in the city

February 12, 2020

Just a few weeks back I was lucky enough to meet up with Vancouver restaurant owner Gianmarco Colannino of Trans Am restaurant right here on the podcast, and while I feel like we had a great chat, I was intrigued to learn more.

This weeks episode sees sitting down with the duo that make up the entire team at Trans Am. Edie Steensma holds down the food menu while Gianmarco covers off the rest and it somehow works.

Having only known each other for a short period of time these two seem to have the ability to finish each other sentences and are connected on a level that allows them to crush each and every service. The restaurant (bar) was just voted Vancouver's BEST BAR 2020 by Vancouver magazine. Call these media awards what you want, it really does show that the approach to food and drink at this spot is working, and working extremely well.

On this episode we learn more about Gianmarco as well as hear Edie's resume in the industry that has groomed her for this role. We also chat confidence, Chuck Hughes, and Vans shoes.

You'll love this episode and you'll love Edie and Gianmarco. Two unapologetic and passionate humans that are adding to this industry each and every day!



Jason Schroeder: In Tune & Understanding Yourself

Jason Schroeder: In Tune & Understanding Yourself

February 5, 2020

I have been following Jason Schroeder for almost 8 years now I think and I finally work up the courage to ask him to be a guest on my podcast.

For years I've appreciated Jason messaging and the way he seemingly approaches life each and every day. However as I've late as I've been working on creating a platform such as FIT FOR SERVICE I really wanted to host Jason and pick his brain on all things mindset, anxiety, mental health, physical health, and what it takes to be a true leader.

Jason Schroeder is the owner and operator of 3 successful gyms in the State of New Jersey and facilitates a level of hospitality in his businesses that we all can learn from. 

What is discussed on this podcast is applicable to any business or life and I cannot wait to host Jason again in the future for round II. 

Be sure to give Jason a follow on social media as what he shares will make you want to move in the most positive way for yourself, your business, your family, and your health.



Elizabeth Emery: Vancouver With Love

Elizabeth Emery: Vancouver With Love

January 29, 2020

Meeting Elizabeth Emery (Vancouver With Love) a few months back at an event I was very intrigued to host her on the podcast and learn more about her and her story.

With our current reality all over the world, if you're passionate about something, consistent with it and sincere with what you share you can create a very committed following and soon find yourself with the makings of a legitimate business just as Elizabeth has done with her blog, her passion and her fan base.

What was once just meant to be a blog to keep friends and family back at home in the United Kingdom tuned in to Elizabeth and her partners travel has now turned into a beast of its own. A popular and busy website where intrigued vegans (see also 'plant based eaters') gather to learn from the creative mind that is Elizabeth Emery. 

On todays podcast you will hear Elizabeth share how she deals with things like content creation, recipe development, imposter syndrome and keeping up on trends.

Meeting Elizabeth a few months ago was great and now I am happy to call her a friend.

Be sure to follow Vancouver With Love and try out one of her many incredible recipes.

Here's to all of you who are out there chasing a dream!

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Koji Abe: From The Bay Area w/ An Open Mind

Koji Abe: From The Bay Area w/ An Open Mind

January 22, 2020

"Hey Brad, big fan of your podcast! I actually listened to your podcast with Robert Belcham before deciding to move from Japan to work at Campagnolo! Just wanted to say thank you!!"

I received the above message on Instagram on June 6th of 2019 and little did I know that this guy would not only be a super rad guy but that he would also become a friend. 

On this weeks podcast you will hear me as I sit down with Koji Abe (Ah-bay) and learn his story. 

I feel like Koji is a super unique mind and personality that the hospitality industry should be very thankful for having as one of its members.

Koji, originally from the Bay Area in California travelled to Vancouver via Japan simply to learn more about the restaurant game and I think his approach and work ethic is incredibly admirable. 

I was lucky enough to share meals with and learn a ton from Koji during his 7months here in Vancouver. I feel lucky that I was able to get him on to the podcast before he returned to Japan for more education, and I feel lucky that I get to call him a friend.

I hope you all enjoy meeting Koji on this podcast and be sure to follow him on social (@koji2hatz) to find out what he is up to next.

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