So, right now you may be asking yourself, "Wow. Okay, so he went from being a General Manager for an international casual dining restaurant concept to being passionate about HR. What gives?" Two things: 1) Business management, and 2) People management. For the sake of your time, and webserver space, I'll keep it as brief as possible.
You can gain exponential amounts of business skills, knowledge and insight into the eccentricities of running any successful business by taking an under-performing restaurant, turning it around with a diverse workforce of 70+ team members and 6 managers, working 80+ hours per week, every week, for 1 year straight. How do I know that? I did it... for 4 years straight, in 7 different geographical locations.
Prior to marrying my amazing wife, I was the single guy, straight out of college (a.k.a. cheap labor, would work my tail off) who would gladly get moved from city to city, store to store, turning around the restaurants that were under-performing. I loved it. Loved the challenge, loved the adrenaline rush, and the high-productivity / high-quality environment that it fostered. I was the guy that everybody knew at corporate when I visited - the guy who could "get it done". I was also the guy who knew that he could not keep this pace up once he got married, because I didn't want to end up like a lot of my peers in that industry: divorced, and stuck working 80+ hours, year after year after year.
Prior to my 4 year stint as General Manager, fresh out of college, with my Human Resource degree in-tow (actually, clinched in my fist - ready to take on the world), I became an assistant manager in Griffin, GA. Quickly, the VP of HR at corporate found out that I had an HR degree, and that I wanted to use it. He presented the opportunity to move to Charlotte, NC to become the never-tried-before "management recruiter", mainly because most all of the managers were promoted from within. With a long list of scheduled new store openings, and a lack of fuel in the talent pipelines, we needed over 50 managers from outside the company identified and in place in a short period of time. No problem... Done! This is where I really fell in love with recruiting, and HR - a love that is still strong today... along with my marriage!