Over the past 37 years, I have progressed through this dynamic business, starting as a cook at the age of 15 and now owner of the award-winning restaurant Boxcar40, as well as the new and already-blockbuster Boxcar on Main in Berlin, Maryland. I am also an award-winning caterer based out of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
An active member of the American Culinary Federation, I am a two-time recipient of the President’s Medallion (2008, 2020) as well as two-time recipient of the ACF Achievement of Excellence Awards.
I am finishing up a wonderful career in education, where I have utilized my years in the industry, especially as executive chef for hotels, restaurants and clubs. Over the last 14 years, my business entrepreneurship has proven itself to be an invaluable teaching tool for myself and my students.
In a previous life, I served four years in the US Marine Corps, as a TOW missile gunner, Mechanized Scout and Water Survival Instructor.
I am passionate about leadership training, motivation, excellence in service, and the concept of servant leadership. I incorporated this as a mentor for our county NASA house robotics team, as well.
We live, breathe and work in a rough industry, but in one that is to me the most rewarding industry on the planet. At the most basic level, we need to teach and train our employees to serve our guests, all the while understanding that it is our job to serve our employees.