63 episodes

Podcast by Luke Butler & Mike Rodrigues

Back of House Luke Butler & Mike Rodrigues

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

Podcast by Luke Butler & Mike Rodrigues

    #59 - Michael Rodrigues, 24 Hour Economy Commissioner (NSW)

    #59 - Michael Rodrigues, 24 Hour Economy Commissioner (NSW)

    Meet Michael Rodrigues, the state's first 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.

    Michael launched the Time Out brand in Australia under license in 2007 and in his time at the helm grew the audience across print, digital and social channels to in excess of 1,000,000 Australians monthly.

    In recent years and prompted by the challenges facing Sydney's night-time economy he launched and chaired the Night Time Industries Association which was instrumental in lifting the lockout laws, and shaping the State of NSW's 24-Hour Economy Strategy.

    In February 2021 Michael was announced as the state's inaugural 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, a role he commenced on 29 March 2021.

    • 53 min
    #58 - Antony Jones & Ben Collis, Boathouse Group

    #58 - Antony Jones & Ben Collis, Boathouse Group

    Antony Jones - CEO
    Ben Collis - Head of Commercial & Marketing

    Michael Rodrigues & Luke Butler discuss the journey of two industry stalwarts, taking the reins of an iconic Sydney based hospitality group.

    About The Boathouse Group;

    The Boathouse Group is a collection of unique and iconic hospitality venues located in picturesque locations around Sydney and on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

    The Boathouse journey began in 2008 with the opening of The Boathouse Palm Beach café, the group now comprises of ten beautiful venues with offerings including dining, accommodation, weddings, events and homewares.

    Our mission at The Boathouse has always been to create experiences that people love. From great coffee, high quality fresh food, friendly service and inspiring interiors including an abundance of plants & flowers that have started many a great conversation.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #57 - Lillian Ajuria & Ron Kessels, Ajuria Lawyers

    #57 - Lillian Ajuria & Ron Kessels, Ajuria Lawyers

    In a recent episode of the Back of House Podcast, Ajuria Lawyers took centre stage as special guests, delving into the intricate landscape of immigration within the hospitality sector. This dynamic conversation provided invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses navigating the complex web of immigration laws.

    Ajuria Lawyers, renowned for their expertise in immigration law, brought a wealth of knowledge to the table, addressing the specific concerns of the hospitality industry. From visas for skilled workers to compliance with changing regulations, the podcast explored the nuances that can make or break success in the sector. The engaging dialogue touched upon strategies for recruiting international talent, ensuring legal compliance, and maximising the benefits of a diverse workforce.

    For those tuned in who found themselves nodding along or with burning questions on immigration matters within the hospitality sector, Ajuria Lawyers extended a virtual hand. Listeners were encouraged to reach out with their queries or seek assistance for their unique situations. The invitation to contact Ajuria Lawyers became a call to action for businesses and individuals alike who recognize the importance of expert guidance in navigating the legal intricacies surrounding immigration.

    Whether you are a restaurateur looking to expand your team with international talent, a chef seeking clarity on visa options, or an employee facing immigration challenges within the hospitality industry, Ajuria Lawyers stands ready to provide tailored solutions. Their commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client sets them apart, ensuring a seamless and legally sound immigration process.

    As the episode concluded, the Back of House Podcast left its audience not only informed but equipped with a direct line to the professionals at Ajuria Lawyers. For those in the hospitality sector grappling with immigration concerns, the next step is clear: reach out, ask questions, and embark on a journey toward success with the support of seasoned immigration experts.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #56 - Anthony Sullivan, CEO, Quantaco

    #56 - Anthony Sullivan, CEO, Quantaco

    Anthony has 20 plus years experience as a Chartered Accountant and 15 years as a Partner of PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors which has enabled him to truly understand client needs, the right solutions to those needs and the how to apply the tools to get outcomes.

    Strong Corporate Governance is at the core of every good business. Quantaco practice what they preach and their employees, clients and other stakeholders reap the benefits.

    Quantaco's razor industry focus allows them to aggregate data and devise innovative advisory solutions that benefit their clients and the Hospitality industry as a whole.

    • 50 min
    #55 - Megan Sullivan, Director of Operations, Union Square Hospitality Group (NYC)

    #55 - Megan Sullivan, Director of Operations, Union Square Hospitality Group (NYC)

    Experienced Director of Operations with over 14 years of hospitality experience and strong leadership skills. Diverse knowledge through roles of Server, Sommelier, General Manager and Licensee. Over 8 years at Merivale, one of Australia's leading Hospitality groups. Most recently moved to New York to work with Union Square Hospitality Group at The Modern followed by opening Ci Siamo, USHG's newest venue in New York City, as General Manager.

    Now overseeing multiple venues in Union Square Hospitality Group, as Director of Operations.

    Experience with leading large teams and multiple management teams and businesses. Skills in many relevant areas, including leadership development programs using Gallup Strengths.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #54 - David Clifton, Chief Experience Officer, MA Hotel Management

    #54 - David Clifton, Chief Experience Officer, MA Hotel Management

    David is a customer focussed sector specialist with more than 25 years’ experience leading the operations of some of Australia’s most iconic and recognised hospitality brands.

    David’s strengths include building and developing high performing teams, providing world class execution that delivers sustainable growth and, deep insights and understanding of the key attributes that constitute a successful hospitality business.

    As a purpose driven leader, David values strategic thinking, innovation and building strong organisational cultures that deliver enhanced experiences for customers and staff.

    David has held senior executive positions in both publicly listed and privately held enterprises, leading business units with up to 2500 employees.

    David currently holds the position of Chief Experience Officer at MA Hotel Management (MAHM) where he is responsible for the business’ operating performance and the experience of staff and customers.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

jadejadeb ,

The best hospitality podcast

I love the diverse range of guests and the insight they each provide into the industry.

ON1 ,

My new favourite industry podcast..!!

Finally a well informed and researched glimpse into our hospitality industry..!!

Interesting guests mixed with thought provoking questions which lead to unique insights.

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Insight, Leadership & innovation

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