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Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

From The Wall Street Journal – Financial trader moves to waiter

A Finance Executive Walks Away to Work His Way Up From Waiter

By Dawn Falik

“Scott Gould went from trader to waiter—by choice.

Growing up in Florida, Mr. Gould enjoyed working in restaurants as a waiter and bartender. But he also liked working with numbers, and after graduating from the University of Florida, he went into finance. He got a job in New York as a fixed-income trader in 2000, and later raised money to invest in new markets and help develop avenues for investments.

He learned to do research and listen to customers. Every client wanted something a little different. One might want something aggressive; another, lower risks.

Life-Altering Moment

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Gould was working in his office near the World Trade Center. He evacuated after the first plane hit. As he walked down 36 flights of stairs, he saw the second plane fly into the tower.

It made him re-evaluate his career. “I had to think, ‘Do I love what I’m doing?’ and I couldn’t answer yes,” he says. “It’s not like I hated going to work, but we spend so much time working and it wasn’t exciting and I wasn’t running to the office on Monday morning.”

He kept thinking back to how he had liked working in restaurants. As a trader, he had taken clients regularly to Del Frisco’s, a steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan. On a whim, he called a manager he knew. He asked for a job.

Behind the Bar

There was an opening—as a server. He handed in his notice the next day, took two weeks off and started at Del Frisco’s in August 2002″.

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New milestone

Despite a dip in the Thanksgiving traffic, I’m pleased to report that SYWTBAW blasted through the 15,000 views/month level for November (15,384 to be exact), despite it only being a 30 day month. October was 12,185, and September was 11,304.  As you can see, momentum is growing steadily, especially considering that August was only 5,591. 

I’m glad that more folks are checking the blog out. I hope that it’s helpful and occasionally useful.

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Restaurant operators somewhat optimistic according to NRN

From Nation’s Restaurant News:

“Restaurant operators’ outlook improves

by Paul Frumpkin

WASHINGTON (Nov. 30, 2009) While customer traffic remained sluggish during the month of October, restaurateurs tended to be more hopeful about their prospects for the future, according to the latest monthly operator survey from the National Restaurant Association.

The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, posted its first gain in three months, registering 98.0 for the month, an increase of 0.5 percent over its September level of 97.5. Based on a 100-point scale, the RPI is a monthly composite that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. foodservice industry by monitoring sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures.

Despite the uptick, though, the index remained below the 100 mark Ñ which reflects contraction of key industry indicators — for the 24th consecutive month”.

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