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#theSKYLERIRVINEshow 85 – Chris Hardin: Genuine Concepts

DoorDash, Social Media Marketing & Restaurants in 2018
Chris Hardin: Genuine Concepts

Chris Hardin is the Regional Manager and Beverage Director of Genuine Concepts in Phoenix Arizona. You may not have heard of Genuine Concepts, but if you live around Phoenix you have definetly been to one of their restaurants.
Restaurants managed include:
– The Vig
– Womack
– Little Woody
– Ladera
– Cobra Arcade, with a 2nd location opening up on Tucson soon!
and more.

Chris has over 10 years in the beverage industry, the majority of which he has been 100% sober. Rising through the ranks in the restaurant industry, Chris has seen it all.

We discuss all this plus the current state of restaurants, the positive and negative impacts social media and DoorDash, and what its like to root for the Cleveland Browns.

Chris has the unique ability to get you excited about any topic and I really hope you get the chance to listen to this episode all the way through. Thank you so much for checking this out and I hope you enjoy it!

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More about Chris:

Chris moved from Cleveland, Ohio in August of 2008. His favorite Arizona venue is the Van Buren or Crescent Ballroom so see a show. His overall favorite thing to do here is go hiking. He loves to explore the Superstition Mountains and Sedona. 

When asked who has had a major impact on who he is today, Chris answered his father and brother but the most impactful person would have to be Owen Cole. He is the Director of Operations for In Good Spirits Hospitality (The Gladly and Citizen Public House). He has served as Chris’ mentor and guide throughout the last 5+ years.

We asked Chris who inspires him and why and he answered, “Not to sound like Matthew McConaughey here, but my future self. As long as I am doing my best every single day and going my absolute best in all situations, I know there is nothing else I can do. I can only control what I can control, so I am determined when I get to the end of my journey in life that I can say I did it my way. I lived my life the very best I could with no regrets. If I do that, I believe I’ll have made an impact with my life.” 

His advice to someone pursuing the same career is to be humble, ask questions and be positive each day. Have an “Owners Eye” and treat your environment like the owner was working beside you. Take care of inventory and treat everything (from guests, co-workers, booze, to your work environment) with the utmost respect. Creating a healthy life balance is the key when you bartend to avoid burnout and losing yourself to the night and the temptations that come with working in the food/hospitality business.

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