Q. How long have you been with LongHorn Steakhouse, and what was your first job with the brand?
A. I was hired as a host at the LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant in Knoxville, TN, two and a half years ago. I worked my way up to server and bartender, always pushing myself and asking what I could learn next. I trained to be a manager at the Farragut, TN, location and recently moved back to Knoxville to start work as a bar and server assistant manager.
Q. Why have you chosen a career with LongHorn Steakhouse?
A. During my interview, I was struck by how closely LongHorn’s values match my own. For instance, I always strive to better myself. It’s one reason I chose a double major and earned bachelor degrees in both analytics and marketing at the University of Tennessee. Someday I hope to transition to LongHorn’s corporate side and work in new restaurant planning or marketing after I gain experience in running a restaurant.
I’m impressed with my managers, who are supportive and always willing to step in and help the team. They aren’t afraid to step behind the bar and pour drinks or whatever is needed. If they see a problem or team members tell them about a problem, they will fix it fast. I intend to be like them.
Q. What advice do you have for other team members who want to advance in their careers?
A. Don’t settle, keep pushing ahead and strive for excellence every day.
Q. Is there one LongHorn Steakhouse dish you can’t resist?
A. I love all our food, but I would never turn down the Outlaw Ribeye.
Q. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A. For eight years, I have played on a competitive softball team in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance. This year, we made our seventh trip to the Gay Softball World Series in Portland, OR, in September, where my team finished 25th out of 60 teams in the C division. I played third base. It was great to see friends and people whom I consider to be family while we faced the best teams from all across the United States and Canada.