Jon Taffer

Businessman

Nationality: American Born: November 7, 1954

Alan Alexander Milne, better known as A. A. Milne, was an author and poet from England, who was particularly famous for being the creator of the character Winnie the Pooh. Milne was educated at the University of Cambridge and initially worked as a playwright; however it was as the writer of Winnie the Pooh in 1926 that he became famous. It was followed up by The House at Pooh Corner two year later. Other than that, he was a prolific writer who wrote children’s short story and poetry collections, newspaper columns, plays and had also been a columnist for the popular magazine Punch.
When my company does a good job, we make people happy. They laugh, they smile, they have a good time - that's what we do for a living. Any business doing that is making a noble effort.
Any business, no matter what it is, lives or dies by the customer reaction it creates.
You give me someone with the right personality, and I'll give you a bar manager in three weeks. You give me someone who has been a lousy bar manager for 30 years, and in three weeks, you'll still have a lousy bar manager.
I guess I've just always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
I was 12 years old and in summer camp. I started a company called Aardvark Industries, which provided basic services to camp counselors.
You have to connect with your market and your employees. First, understand that what your market says is fact and what you say is opinion. Then, take the time to create a good connection with your employees. Without those two key connections, your business will be stuck in mediocrity forever.
The fact of the matter is that the most important responsibility a bar owner has is public safety and the safety of the people in it.
Nine out of ten people who are failing blame their failure on somebody else. And that is the common denominator of failure.
Society is causing us to talk less and interact more digitally. So, I'd be remiss if I didn't believe that businesses will have to follow that same path.
Human interaction is something that I believe, as humans, we crave for. And that is where bars and social environments come into play.
If I were to pick the life of someone whom I professionally mimic in many ways, it would be Howard Hughes, surprisingly.
People don't go to bars they think are uncool.