On Monday, June 5, the Leebro POS team had the great privilege to attend the 2017 Welcome Conference in New York City.
Hosted by Anthony Rudolf, founder of Journee, and Will Guidara co-owner of the hospitality group Make It Nice, this year’s event focused on conflict and change.
The goal of the Welcome Conference is to bring “passionate and creative individuals, to share ideas, offer varying perspectives, and to establish meaningful connections.”
As restaurant and hospitality technology providers, we are no strangers to conflict and change; we bear witness every day to this ever-evolving industry and would therefore like to share a few important moments for us from this incredible event.
Celebrate the power of optimism. “Make a GREAT day.”
This image captures the philosophy of Sam Beall, late husband to Mary Celeste Beall, the proprietor of the acclaimed resort hotel Blackberry Farm in the Tennessee Foothills.
Mary Celeste and her late husband, Sam, are credited with transforming Blackberry Farm into a luxury vacation destination centering around agriculture and hyper-local Southern cooking. A renowned food, wine, and wellness destination, the resort is a collection of cottages and farmhouses sitting on over 4,000 hilly rural acres.
Prior to moving to the farm, Mary Celeste earned degrees in business and accounting and worked as an associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco. She resides on the property with her five children in the family home she and Sam built within Blackberry’s working farm.
Watch Mary Celeste’s entire presentation HERE
Your thoughts and actions influence your team from the top down. Be the example you want your team to be.
David Chang has been credited with popularizing modern Asian cuisine, though he didn’t begin his culinary career until his twenties. He attended Trinity College, majoring in religious studies, before pursuing a brief career in finance. He decided to become a chef and got his culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute.
From there, he worked at Mercer Kitchen, Craft, the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and a number of kaseki, izakaya, and ramen restaurants in Japan. He came back to the United States to work at Café Boulud before opening Momofuku Noodle Bar in the summer of 2004. By the age of 33, he had successfully opened four restaurants and two bakeries. Today, Momofuku has grown to include restaurants in New York City, Sydney, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and Toronto.
In David Chang’s mind, what is the biggest source of conflict? In his own words: “From a chef’s perspective, I think it’s about honestly staying alive financially and physically. For business owners, that translates into taking care of your team because I think their environment is really difficult right now. Things are moving so fast it’s hard to find your voice in terms of what you want to do. There’s so much criticism, so much need to stay relevant that it’s hard to even just keep your sanity. But so how do you keep everyone happy? And at the same time, how do you grow, how do you stay relevant? How do you grow in a meaningful way?”
Watch David Chang’s presentation HERE
As the industry grows and changes, Leebro POS grows and changes with it
To quote directly from the Welcome Conference website: “With conflict, there is change—the changing of an approach, of a perspective, of a landscape. And with change, there is conflict—the nostalgia for what was, the prescription for what should be, the growing pains of what is.” At Leebro POS, we know how rapidly technology changes and we are dedicated to providing the most state-of-the-art solutions to an equally rapidly changing and growing industry. Contact us to learn more.