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You’re listening to Room for Seconds, hosted by Gregg Majewski, former CEO of Jimmy John’s, entrepreneur, and CEO of Craveworthy Brands. This digital series isn't just for restaurant moguls; it is a beacon for dreamers and doers, a celebration of tenacity and heart. Dig into riveting conversations with some of the most captivating personalities in business, sports, and the hospitality industry as they share stories of courage, ambition, empathy, and all that it takes to turn dreams into reality. Ready to be empowered? Join us and let the inspiration flow.

Room For Seconds Gregg Majewski

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You’re listening to Room for Seconds, hosted by Gregg Majewski, former CEO of Jimmy John’s, entrepreneur, and CEO of Craveworthy Brands. This digital series isn't just for restaurant moguls; it is a beacon for dreamers and doers, a celebration of tenacity and heart. Dig into riveting conversations with some of the most captivating personalities in business, sports, and the hospitality industry as they share stories of courage, ambition, empathy, and all that it takes to turn dreams into reality. Ready to be empowered? Join us and let the inspiration flow.

    The Power of Listening and Leadership: Insights from Gregg Majewski on The Restaurant Strategy Podcast

    The Power of Listening and Leadership: Insights from Gregg Majewski on The Restaurant Strategy Podcast

    Gregg Majewski, Founder and CEO of Craveworthy Brands, recently shared his insights on The Restaurant Strategy Podcast with Chip Klose. Reflecting on a valuable lesson from his father, Majewski emphasized the importance of listening to everyone. This approach has significantly shaped his leadership style and helped him build a strong network of friends who contribute to his personal and professional growth.Takeaways* The Value of Listening - Gregg Majewski learned the power of listening from his father early in life. He has taken that lesson into his leadership at Craveworthy Brands and has created a reliable network of friends that help improve himself personally and professionally.* Building a World-class Restaurant Management Team - Leadership requires followers. Gregg Majewski believes that effective leaders are able to teach gracefully. Building a positive environment that is conducive to success will inevitably lead to more buy-in from staff.* Focus on the Food - It’s no secret that standing out in the fast-casual industry can be difficult. For Gregg Majewski, since food is the most important piece to creating a consistent customer base, it needs to be available for people to try. For him, having potential customers sample good food is the greatest marketing strategy.Episode Links* Restaurant Strategy Podcast Website (https://www.restaurantstrategypodcast.com/)* Restaurant Strategy Podcast on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/restaurant-strategy/id1457379809)* Restaurant Strategy Podcast on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/51XLInC8q7s0Uf4GfOMXx6?si=eb220404e017417d)* Chip Klose on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chipklose/)* Chip Klose in Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/chipklosecoaching/)ABOUT CHIP KLOSEChip Klose is a New York City-based restaurant coach as well as the host of the Restaurant Strategy podcast. He has amassed more than two decades of operational experience in the hospitality industry, opening Michelin-starred restaurants and collaborating with numerous James Beard Award-winning chefs. He is a contributing writer for Bar & Restaurant and travels the country as a noted public speaker, giving presentations on marketing, operations, technology, and more. He earned his MBA in food marketing from Saint Joseph’s University, where he frequently teaches as a guest lecturer.As a coach he’s worked with dozens of companies, helping them with everything from menu costing and payroll to developing a framework for how to position their restaurant in the market.His goal — both in the work he does with his clients as well as on the podcast — is to help chefs and operators build more profitable restaurants. Guests on his podcast have included New York Times bestselling author Martin Lindstrom, Wharton professor Peter Fader, Founder of Cali BBQ Media, Shawn Walchef, and many, many more. The show is consistently listed on Apple’s Top 100 Marketing Podcasts and was recently voted as a Top 20 Restaurant Podcast by Feedspot. (courtesy of Restaurant Strategy Podcast (https://www.restaurantstrategypodcast.com/about))ABOUT GREGG MAJEWSKI:Gregg Majewski has a vast amount of experience as a corporate executive in the restaurant industry. As the former CEO of Jimmy John’s, he played a major role in expanding the franchise from 33 to 300+ stores in just 5 years by surrounding the company’s marketing strategy around the innovative approach of delivering sandwiches and being “freaky fast”. Majewski has worked to develop restaurant concepts over the last two-plus decades,

    • 1 hr 9 min
    How Geoff Alexander Is Elevating Fast Casual with Wow Bao

    How Geoff Alexander Is Elevating Fast Casual with Wow Bao

    On this episode of Room for Seconds (https://www.linkedin.com/company/craveworthy-brands), Craveworthy Brands (https://www.craveworthybrands.com/) CEO Gregg Majewski (https://www.linkedin.com/in/greggmajewski) sat with Wow Bao (https://www.wowbao.com/) Founder Geoff Alexander (https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffalex) at the National Restaurant Association Show 2024 (https://www.nationalrestaurantshow.com/).Drawing from his extensive experience in various sectors, Alexander, a seasoned veteran in the restaurant industry, has masterfully bridged the gap between fine dining and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR).Watch now to learn about lessons learned from fine dining, the responsibility of leadership, and being forward thinking.Episode Links:* Wow Bao Online (https://wowbao.com/)* Wow Bao Dark Kitchens (https://wowbao.com/dark-kitchen/)* Geoff Alexander on Twitter (https://twitter.com/geoffalex)* Delivering the Digital Restaurant Authors Interview (https://calibbq.media/delivering-the-digital-restaurant-meredith-sandland-carl-orsbourn-dh119/)Takeaways:Bringing Fine Dining Lessons to Fast Casual - Geoff Alexander has been in the restaurant industry for a while. Spending time in various sectors has given him the unique ability to take lessons from the fine dining space and implement them into the Quick Service Restaurant space.The Responsibility of Leadership - Leadership has its obligations. For Geoff Alexander, the biggest, most awesome responsibility is that there are people who rely on him and trust to play a role in their livelihood.Forward Thinking and Early Adopters - Wow Bao is not afraid to be first to market. Geoff Alexander’s willingness to take risks and be an early adopter of technology and new items has helped open doors and provide opportunities for Wow Bao to receive publicity on a larger scale.ABOUT GEOFF ALEXANDERGeoff Alexander joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. Rising to the position of Managing Partner in 2006, he took the reins of Wow Bao in 2009, expanding it into NFL and MLB stadiums, university campuses, and airports. He also launched a frozen product line now available at over 200 Midwest grocers. Under his leadership, Wow Bao became a tech innovator with fully automated locations, self-service kiosks, mobile and desktop online ordering, and a strong social media presence. A sought-after speaker on restaurant technologies and social media, Alexander has presented at numerous industry conferences. His foresight and expertise have earned him roles on several industry and civic boards, including Chairman of the National Restaurant Association’s Fast Casual Industry Council (FCIC) and an Executive Board Member for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Association. He has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Fast Casual Executives by Fastcasual.com for three consecutive years.ABOUT GREGG MAJEWSKI:Gregg Majewski has a vast amount of experience as a corporate executive in the restaurant industry. As the former CEO of Jimmy John’s, he played a major role in expanding the franchise from 33 to 300+ stores in just 5 years by surrounding the company’s marketing strategy around the innovative approach of delivering sandwiches and being “freaky fast”. Majewski has worked to develop restaurant concepts over the last two plus decades, before starting Craveworthy Brands in 2023, which currently includes a growing portfolio of restaurant brands.* Gregg Majewski Instagram: www.instagram.

    • 30 min
    Tips for Successful Brand Acquisitions with Gregg Majewski on "Fast Casual Nation"

    Tips for Successful Brand Acquisitions with Gregg Majewski on "Fast Casual Nation"

    Craveworthy Brand’s CEO Gregg Majewski joined host Paul Barron on The Fast Casual Nation Podcast for a candid conversation that included topics, such as acquiring brands like Wing It On!, staying top of mind with a younger audience, and having hospitality at the forefront of all business despite increased technology implementation in the industry.Watch now to learn about effective brand acquisition, remaining relevant in the restaurant industry, and keeping classic hospitality as a priority.Episode Links:* Fast Casual Nation Show: https://www.savor.fm/fast-casual-nation (https://www.savor.fm/fast-casual-nation)* Fast Casual Nation YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1R3WUgEmOSrtYfMowG_MHw (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1R3WUgEmOSrtYfMowG_MHw)* Savor Network Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savornetwork/ (https://www.instagram.com/savornetwork/)* Paul Barron LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/viapaul/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/viapaul/)Takeaways:* Brand Acquisition Strategy - Craveworthy Brands has seen extreme success with their restaurant portfolio due to their visionary approach to the company’s they acquire.* Staying Relevant in the Restaurant Industry - As the consumers change, restaurants will need to adapt to ensure they remain competitive. The positive, according to Gregg Majewski, is that power industry titans have successfully done so. Therefore, it is possible to remain relevant during shifting times.* Hospitality as the Common Thread - Gregg Majewski has built Craveworthy Brands with a litany of restaurant brands that are different from each other. However, under the company umbrella, each brand is charged with keeping classic hospitality principles as a priority during times of technological advancement.About Fast Casual Nation PodcastThe Fast Casual Nation Podcast (https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z6CedF4Jfv9HOkzmwPhpT) is the longest-running and most influential podcast in the fast-casual restaurant industry. Hosted by Paul Barron, the visionary founder of fastcasual.com (https://fastcasual.com/), the Fast Casual Top 100 (https://www.fastcasual.com/series/fast-casual-top-100/), and the Fast Casual Executive Summit (https://fastcasualsummit.com/), this weekly podcast offers unparalleled insights into the latest trends and future direction of the fast-casual sector.As the author of "The Chipotle Effect (https://www.amazon.com/Chipotle-Effect-landscape-impacting-restaurants/dp/0615593968)" and a featured expert in the Amazon Prime documentary on the fast-casual revolution (https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Casual-Nation/dp/B077TCTJFG), Paul delivers invaluable knowledge and foresight,

    • 19 min
    Innovation, Growth, and Empowering Employees in the Restaurant Industry on A Deeper Dive Podcast

    Innovation, Growth, and Empowering Employees in the Restaurant Industry on A Deeper Dive Podcast

    In a recent appearance on A Deeper Dive pod...

    • 22 min
    Embody a Winning Culture and Lead with Care

    Embody a Winning Culture and Lead with Care

    Genghis Grill was one of

    • 12 min
    Hospitality Superstar Zack Oates Takes the Anti-Survey Approach to Customer Feedback

    Hospitality Superstar Zack Oates Takes the Anti-Survey Approach to Customer Feedback

    Zack Oates, the CEO of Ovation, is pioneering a new approach aimed at benefiting both businesses and their patrons. With a focus on simplicity and revenue generation, Ovation's innovative platform seeks to revoluti...

    • 35 min

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