We're proud of our team and their diverse backgrounds and experiences. It's what makes us great. In our "Connecting with our Experts" series, we're excited to shine light on our talented leaders to share their story and their insights.
Next up is Chris Barrows! Chris has a unique ability to listen to what is said and what isn't to provide clarity and a helpful perspective. He's a foodie, avid reader, Boston sports fan and we are lucky to have him on our team!
Q: What was your first job in hospitality?
Chris: Host/Front Desk. Was supposed to be “just a job” to help me save some cash for grad school. My biggest ambition was to maybe move up to bar back. Little did I know I'd fall in love with the people I worked with and the entire industry as a whole. The connections I made and exposure it gave me to so much great food- who would want to do anything else?
Q: What’s a cause that’s important to you?
Chris: Supporting local restaurants. The industry has been so resilient and creative to stay afloat over the past year. These people are fighting to sustain their life's work and their dreams. I have so much respect for their grit. I cannot imagine having your dream taken away through no fault of your own.
Q: If you could meet 1 leader for coffee, who would it be and why?
Chris: Bob Iger, David Chang, Simon Sinek, Eric Ripert. I know I'm cheating, but I have so much respect for their process and values. I would love to pick their brains more about how they've evolved throughout their journey. Can’t forget about Gregg Popovich. I would love to pick his brain on wine and the best places to eat in each city.
Q: What leadership book have you enjoyed recently? What was your biggest takeaway?
Chris: "The Ride of a Lifetime" by Robert Iger. His story is so empowering in that his journey was led by his values and work ethic. He's just a great guy who trusted his process and worked to the top. He isn't superhuman. So many "leaders" in the public spotlight are put on such pedestals that it's hard to remember that they are people.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Chris: France. I've watched the Anthony Bourdain episode with Daniel Boluud in Lyon about 2,341 times and it makes me so romantic about food. To have a week or two to eat myself around France would be a dream.
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