“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” - Seneca
Over the course of almost 15 years at Kings Dining & Entertainment, we developed and grew an exciting, pioneering brand to 11 locations across 5 states. Doing so created career opportunities for thousands, and made memories for millions of incredible guests. I will forever take with me the priceless experience growing a remarkable brand with the greatest team of leaders whom I’ve had the honor to lead and learn from.
Reflecting back to the beginning, to the openings of some unique venues, and to so many incredible changes, I am so thankful for the journey we forged together and the amazing talent I’ve met over the years. To see a team and culture grow the way ours did is exceedingly rare and undeniably special. I will always cherish the moments and memories and the thousands of team members I worked with and am grateful for the opportunities I experienced and wouldn’t trade them for anything.
More impressive than the growth itself was how we grew and why we did it. As a team, we defied the odds without conventional methods involving carrots and sticks, but rather by involving the diverse talent all around us. We sought out and put in power those with a strong moral compass and a desire to grow themselves and those around them in an environment where the best ideas won over titles and tenure. Our passion to grow ourselves and our team were largely derived from the shared belief that autonomy, mastery and purpose are what motivates great leaders. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the course of the path I set out on, it’s advanced me forward in my mission.
The journey continues and the next steps will be exciting. My experiences, values, and virtues have guided me to where I am and my north star will do the rest. One thing that has never been more clear is my belief in growing those around me. This will only strengthen as my core purpose is opening doors and creating opportunities. For those who have been a part of the journey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support and strength that has helped shape the amazing opportunities of the past and present and that will continue into a very bright future.
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