I grew up in Charlotte, went to school at Northside Christian Academy before going to Elon University. After Elon,I dove headlong into real estate and have been doing that ever since. I joined Legacy Real Estate Advisors the day the firm license arrived from Raleigh, and have since become a Partner/Principal in the firm. I have carved out a niche within the company handling Retail and Restaurants. My passion for great food, service, live music, and beer/wine/bourbon (not necessarily in that order) make research for this type of work pretty entertaining. Working with restaurant and bar owners gives me the ability to look behind the scenes and see what makes a concept successful and keeps me in the know about what is happening in the Service Industry.
I grew up in Orlando Florida but decided to go to Auburn University. I have been in the restaurant business my whole life. I started working in family restaurants in Boston, and have since worked with everyone from Walt Disney Corporations and Bennigan's / Steak & Ale, before becoming a local staple at Manzetti's Tavern in SouthPark and Cafe Frappe in Myers Park. I thought about trying commercial real estate when I heard there was a group in town that wanted to make restaurants part of their core focus and having two small children made the decision an easy one. Now I make a living helping other people open restaurants and understand the underlying formulas that make a restaurant profitable.
I grew up in Charlotte in the early 80's, spent a good bit of my formative years in Milwaukee and then moved back to Charlotte to finish high school. Adam Williams and I forged our friendship in college and the bars of Plaza-Midwood and Montford Drive. Aside from my devotion to a raucous family, my other great loves are fighting and writing features, poetry and fiction. I've written articles and essays for The Elon Pendulum, Burlington Times-News, Greensboro News & Record, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques and other publications covering topics from domestic violence to the treatment of lymphedema. Writing features for Restaurant Traffic affords me the cherished ability to share my observations on old favorites and new additions to my beloved Queen City's restaurant scene. Hit me up at email@example.com.
I grew up in New York City and decided to get a fresh start upon graduation from NYU. Rather than joining my family in the banking industry, I moved to Charlotte to join the banking industry. When Wachovia bought the farm, I knew it was time for a change. The restaurant scene in Charlotte has been changing daily with the influx of Johnson & Wales alumni into local kitchens. I'm fascinated at how restaurateurs and operators are adapting to attract and feed customers in Economy 4.0. You can find me working the PR angle for restaurants around town and keeping the RT readers informed about the latest happenings.