I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, which at the time was a mecca of service and hospitality. As the son of a baccarat dealer and eventual franchisee of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, hospitality and service, in the “old school” tradition, was instilled at an early age.
At 16, I started bussing tables, and butchering meat in the family business. Developing a passion for food, wine, and service. Eventually working my way to Managing Partner of the Denver Ruth’s Chris and Wine Director for all three of the family’s restaurants.
A passion for Steelhead fishing, two-handed fly rods, and the great wines of the Northwest led me to the Washington/Oregon region in 2009. After selling wine and a spending a couple of years at the James Beard Award winning Heathman Restaurant and Bar, Steelhead Hospitality was born. My goal with Steelhead Hospitality is to match true hospitality professionals with progressive, growing companies.
The Pacific Northwest has always been my home. I was brought up in some of the most renowned seafood and steak houses in the region, taking up my first job as a host in my father’s restaurant at the age of eight. I spent many years learning the industry with the McCormick & Schmick’s group and at the Heathman Restaurant and Bar.
In 2012 I moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany, where I worked for four and a half years at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort managing the Hotel’s four restaurants. The international travel took me everywhere from the vineyards of Hungary to the floating markets of Thailand, deepening my love for global cuisine.