How do your colleagues describe you?
My friends & colleagues would describe me as someone who takes initiative and isn’t afraid to make decisions. I am often the one in our peer group to make a suggestion or decide on a plan when other people are indecisive or have not had any prior experience. They would also say that I’m honest, confident and relaxed under pressure.
Why do you do what you do?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in the restaurant industry. Our family restaurant was very popular and as I was growing up I met and in some cases ate with many famous people of that era. My sixth grade yearbook said “I want to be a restaurant owner just like my mom and day.” I have had a wonderful career and since 1995, my consulting company has allowed me to give back what I have learned in order to make my clients profitable.
Barry Brown is a fourth-generation restaurateur. He has 40+ years as a nationwide Hospitality Industry expert, specializing in net income, profitability consulting and management training for restaurants and foodservice operations. Barry has expert level experience in Food & Service Execution, Cost and Financial Accounting, Human Resources and Profitability Consulting. He has helped corporate and small independently owned restaurants optimize sales & bottom line profits and establish effective brand marketing visibility. He is a turnaround specialist for Quick-Service & Fast Casual with Drive Thru, Full-Service Restaurants and small to mid-size Restaurant Chains. Along with owning and operating 50+ restaurants and two sports venue feeding contracts for the San Antonio Spurs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he developed the Restaurant Management Course for Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Management School, where he was also a senior instructor for over 6 years. Barry purchased & operated Mama Mia Trattoria in Portland from 2011-2017.