Cole

  • General Manager
  • Chicago, IL, 60642, US
  • Mar 21, 2021
Part time role, Paid fellowship, Internship, Volunteer role Fellowship / Internship Human Resources Operations Other Recruiting Sustainability

Personal Summary

I have thirteen years of experience in the hospitality industry and am transitioning to a role where I can make a difference in the fight to save our planet. I am beginning an MBA with a focus in Sustainability Management from Penn State in May 2021.

Work Experience

General Manager
Aug 2019 - Jun 2020 Centennial Crafted Beer + Eatery

! Standardized procedures to control cash flow, inventory and quality
! Served as HR for the business: onboarding new hires, handling disciplinary issues and conducting bi-weekly payroll
! Performed research to analyze trends in the local restaurant market
! Planned and executed parties from 10 guests to 100+, including special food and drink menus
! Overhauled utilization of POS system for back end and front end users
! Developed spreadsheets to analyze product cost, standardize pricing and improve profit margins
! Analyzed sales data to make informed decisions on product ordering, inventory management, and staffing
! Composed weekly food and beverage menus

Restaurant Manager
May 2017 - Aug 2019 Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

!Managed $6M Michigan Ave restaurant and bar, seating 400 with patio open
!Guided and mentored staff through recent 10-week renovation and reopening period
!Restructured beer program of 100 beers from 25% local to 35% local and an additional 15% regional
!Hired, supported, and developed FOH staff of 50
!Educated staff on new and rotating beer selections
!Assured quality of food, beer, and cocktail programs
!Executed parties from 10 guests to 100+
!Maintained high service standard on the floor and at the bar
!Consistently met aggressive sales, labor, beverage and food cost goals

Manager
Sep 2015 - May 2017 Links Taproom

! Managed staff of 15 front of house, and 8 back of house
! Maintained, ordered and curated rotating list of 36 draft beers, 60+ cans and bottles, 5 cocktails
! Oversaw quality of product coming from bar and kitchen
! Trained staff to attain 100% pass rate on Cicerone Beer Server exam
! Educated the staff on constantly changing draft list, and beer and spirits
! Functioned as main line of communication between staff and ownership
! Named best craft beer bar in Illinois by CraftBeer.com in February 2017


Language
Portuguese - Proficient
Spanish - Intermediate

Education

Bachelor of Science - Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Sep 2003 - May 2008 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate of Applied Science - Culinary Arts
Jul 2011 - Mar 2013 Kendall College

Software Languages & Skills

Excel

Experience Level

7-14 years

Sector of expertise (Other):

Customer Service

Sectors of Interest

Research & Education, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Advocacy or Policy, Consumer Goods, Technology, Entrepreneurship

Are you currently working in climate?

No

Are you interested in being involved in a Climatebase mentorship program? If so, how would you like to participate? (As a mentor VS as a mentee)

Yes, I am interested as a mentee

Where are you in your climate journey?

I am looking for a climate job

I am here to:

Get a job, Learn more about climate change and solutions, Connect with others in the space, Find a mentor

Do you want your public profile to be hidden?

No

LinkedIn URL:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cole-richter-149122aa/

Would you like to have the opportunity to be featured in Climatebase's weekly newsletters?

Yes