Meet the newest addition to the Tasty Catering team, Director of Sales David Mann. While David has joined the team in the midst of the unprecedented times of COVID-19, there is a lot to learn about this energetic individual who thrives on working with and helping people. David may be new to the Tasty team, but he is no stranger to the sales and hospitality industry, with over 40 years’ experience. David has a goal “to better the life of every person I interact with in some unique aspect.” Get to know more about David, a certified meeting planner (CMP), in the Q&A below, and we hope you have the chance to collaborate with him in the very near future.
How did you get your start in the hospitality industry?
It all started when I was 15 years old back in Kirkwood (west St. Louis suburb, MO). One day, I rode my bike to the local Best Western hotel and banquet facility to apply for a job. I started the very next day as a “banquet busboy” with three other high school boys. The next day, I was promoted to “lead banquet busboy” after the three boys I started with were all fired for less than stellar behavior. By day four, I was training people in food and beverage service.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
Over the course of my career, I have worked in all sorts of roles within the hospitality industry. Most notably, I had the privilege of opening five nationally branded convention hotels, each in a different city and state. At these locations, we were able to secure multi-million-dollar contracts with Wal-Mart, Liz Claiborne, UPS and other Fortune 500 companies over several years. Additionally, during my tenure with the nationally branded hotels, I was able to be mentored by, work next to and be supported by amazing staff who, frankly, with a little direction, blossomed and made all of us look very well as a team!
What do you love about the sales and hospitality industry?
People, people, people! I love…
The wonderful office/sales people who sell as a team and are willing to try, practice and use a couple of the tools tips I have learned, used and proved to assist past teams in other leadership positions & hospitality companies over the years.
The people who support and serve the clients and the sales team simply by “every day making the ordinary extraordinary.” These are the culinary team, brand ambassadors, support staff and all front-line servers.
The people we meet, build relationships with, offer assistance to and suggest solutions for to the best of our ability every day.
What do you love about being a part of the Tasty Catering team?
The established company culture is the foundation, and all people here truly live and work within Tasty Catering’s culture. At Tasty Catering, everything is planned and completed by people as a team.
What’s your favorite Tasty food item?
So far, after just six weeks, with no picnics, weddings or outside events, I will have to go with our All Angus Cheeseburger, which Chef Alfredo prepared for me on a recent Tuesday for lunch. I hustled back to the kitchen after having a portion and inquired to Alfredo if that was Tasty Catering’s standard burger, and indeed it was the standard Angus Beef burger. It was delicious, and I look forward to trying many more items from Tasty Catering’s expansive menus.
What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Be yourself, be honest and try anything, if just to learn! Everyone is human and fails; it is how one gets back up. The key is asking for assistance. And you MUST have team spirit!
And to end with, what are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Professionally: Learning. I want to “keep sharpening the saw” with large count food & beverage hospitality events, whether at a venue or a hotel. Then I want to pass the same passion and lessons onto the people associated in the same field.
Personally: God, family, health and spending the most time possible outside my catering career to nurture the relationships with the people I love. I plan on being around a long time; my father is 95 and a World War II Navy vet.
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