As the third and most tenaciously gritty child of the family, I moved to California as an 18-year-old in search of knowledge, experience, and adventure. I had the incredible opportunity to work for the Navy as a Department of Defense employee in customer service for 7 years -- opening and operating restaurants under governmental contracts on Naval Base Ventura County. While collectively working with military members and vendors, the Navy helped me expand on my natural ability to complete a project from beginning to end while focusing on each component throughout the process. While working for the Navy, I developed relationships that allowed me to travel internationally. Midway through a backpacking journey in South Korea, I realized it was time to move back to sweet home Chicago to be with family and start the next chapter.
Opening a successful restaurant is much like building a home; the details are what makes it special. As an Operations and Bidding Coordinator, I work with our subcontractors, vendors, and clients to see every detail is attended to and expectations are surpassed. Along with my bidding & purchasing duties, I coordinate between all of the business functions as we move a project from architecture into construction, through selections, accounting, and into punchlist phases.
When I'm not in the office, I enjoy cooking up a storm and creating new recipes, hiking & exploring with my husband and daughter, and planning our next adventure.