In this episode of the Titans of Foodservice Podcast, Nick speaks with Steve Sweeney, former CEO and President of Chartwells. Steve shares his journey in the food service industry, from his early days in his family's restaurant and hotel business to becoming a chef, and eventually transitioning to the managerial side of the industry. Steve and Nick discuss the importance of taking risks, the daily life of a CEO in a multi-hundred-million-dollar organization, and the evolution of the food service industry. They also delve into the challenges of growing a national company while dealing with different cultures.
01:41 Steve's background and entry into the foodservice industry
06:43 Importance of taking risks in business
12:11 Taking care of people and clients
19:58 Growing Chartwells and the importance of staying close to clients and employees
30:19 Preparation, opportunity, and persistence
39:43 Overcoming scarcity mindset and fear of failure