Consumer Services Category Winner: Dan Simons, Farmers Restaurant Group

A lifelong restaurateur, Dan Simons is an effective and inspiring team leader with a knack for creative management and staff development, while delivering profitability and innovative branding. He is a frequent speaker at industry and educational events, able to translate his experience into tangible lessons for a wide range of audiences, including those beyond the hospitality industry. He has participated in the FranklinCovey Leadership Symposium and teaches an annual seven-week course at the George Washington University School of Business. Dan and his partner, Mike Vucurevich, operate Farmers Restaurant Group, which includes Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits Distillery. Running the company like a big family operation, Dan and Mike give every employee their direct cell phone numbers and host quarterly trainings on company essentials, as well as life tools, such as time management. They invest time and money in their people, working to help them grow and prosper.

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