Weekly Business Profile
2900 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque NM 87106
What was your first job?
My first job was a dishwasher at my father's restaurant, The Pewter Pot, in Massachusetts.
How did you get started in this business?
I got started at Mannies during college. I needed a job and found a good fit at the restaurant.
Why did you choose this business?
I chose this business because my girlfriend’s (now wife) brother-in-law owned the restaurant.
What is your business philosophy?
My business philosophy has always been: Work hard, and give an excellent product.
What is your educational background?
I attended UNM as an undergraduate biology major.
What is your or your company's greatest asset?
Our employees and customers are our greatest asset.
What are your strongest business traits?
I believe my strongest business trait is my work ethic.
What motivates you to succeed besides the desire to make money?
My family is my constant reminder to succeed.
How is operating your own business different than you expected?
It is a lot more hours than I thought.
What significant changes have you implemented recently?
We have been remodeling the restaurant as well as updating our menu to appeal to a broader base of customers while still maintaining our loyal customers.
What successes in the past year are you most proud of accomplishing?
My first grandchild Max Robert Wilson.
What do you offer that the competition doesn't?
There are a lot of great restaurants out there, and we feel as though we are one of them.
How do you maintain your competitive edge?
I maintain my competitive edge by being involved in restaurant operations daily.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle in operating a successful business?
One of our biggest obstacles in operating a successful business is government regulations with respect to local businesses.
What was your best business decision?
There were a few of them; I've been here for 38 years!
What is your company's greatest challenge?
Our greatest challenge is surviving in a highly competitive market.
How has the Internet affected your business, and how do you think it might affect your business in the future?
The internet is a great advertising tool and opens the door to future growth.
If you had to choose another career or start another business, what would it be?
The medical field has always fascinated me.
What words of wisdom would you offer to someone starting their own business?
Have good backing, and prepare to work hard.
If you had a chance to live anyone else's life, whose life would it be?
If I had a chance to live anybody else's life, I would like to be Bobby Orr. And when I'm tired of living that life, I would switch to Jimmy Page.
What do you look for in prospective employees?
I always look for a strong work ethic in all prospective employees.
What inspires you?
Smart, successful people
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