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From Hourly to Salary: Advancing Top Performing Employees to Management


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From Hourly to Salary: Advancing Top Performing Employees to Management

Join us for a day of education produced for DC area restaurant owners and managers as we share best practices for effectively transitioning hourly employees into a successful managers.

Monday, August 27, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Please join Savor Strategies and featured speakers Andrew Limberg of Rose's Restaurant Group and Ellen Kassoff Gray of Equinox Restaurant, to learn how to transition your top performing employees into management roles. We will focus on the tools, resources, and skills needed to develop successful leaders. 

Successful restaurateurs agree that one of the best ways to acquire strong managers is to cultivate talent from within. With the right orientation and training, your employees can be groomed for advancement into management roles beginning with their first day, reducing your turnover and saving your establishment time and money. 

With knowledge gained from this seminar, you will be equipped with the tools and guidelines to help your most talented employees take on greater leadership roles within your organization. 

This seminar will also provide an opportunity for attendees to create a management training plan, with hands-on guided support from industry experts, and will be encouraged to use those plans for further implementation within their businesses.

Registration includes a one-hour follow-up consulting or coaching session with Savor Strategies, which attendees will be asked to schedule within one to two weeks following the conclusion of the event. 

Andrew Limberg

Andrew Limberg has served more than twenty years in the restaurant industry, with more than fifteen of those years in a professional management role. In 2002, he opened his first restaurant 15Ria with the New York-based Myriad Restaurant Group. Since, he has worked in a variety of managerial roles and assisted in the openings of restaurants in New York City and across the DC Metropolitan area including The Capital Grille, The Redhead, The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, and Hank’s Oyster Bar. In 2014, he joined award-winning Rose’s Luxury in Washington, DC as General Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations of the Rose’s Restaurant Group (Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple and Pearls and Little Pearl). Andrew was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and has lived for the past six years on Capitol Hill with his wife and dog.


Ellen Kassoff Gray is a hospitality trailblazer. For nearly 20 years, she and her husband and business partner Chef Todd Gray, have been the co-owners of Equinox Restaurant, one of DC’s most lauded and respected dining establishments. She also leads operations for Quince Hospitality, the food service operations located inside DC's newest addition - The Museum of the Bible. Groomed for success via years of experience in hospitality economics, gourmet food sales, and program management,Kassoff oversees business management, operations and community involvement for the couples hospitality group enterprises. She has earned several awards for front of house excellence. Among her many accomplishments, Kassoff is the co-author of the New Jewish Table. She is actively involved in DC’s philanthropy world, leading the restaurants into new initiatives that make a difference. Ellen is a longtime member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.


Carl Sumter is a management consultant and business coach specializing in organizational and leadership development for the hospitality industry. His fortes include hospitality startups, failing restaurants, competitive advantage, regulatory compliance, and improving the operational performances of hospitality leaders, their teams, and their businesses. As an executive coach, Carl helps owners and managers overcome professional challenges in leadership, performance expectations, workplace conflict, and career transitions. His experience includes leadership and management roles for hotel brands such as Choice, Ramada, Taj International, Omni, and Radisson, as well as Ark Restaurants and the Pizzeria Paradiso restaurant group. He began undergraduate studies at Northwestern University's School of Communication and completed his bachelor’s in leadership studies and philosophy at Georgetown University. He holds an MBA in organizational leadership from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and a graduate studies certification in executive and organizational behavioral coaching from Columbia University. 


9:30 am - 10:00 am: Coffee & Tea

10:00 am - 10:15 am: Welcome & Introductions

10:15 am - 11:00 am: Andrew Limberg presents "Identifying Management Potential"

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Ellen Kassoff Gray presents "The Art & Science of Leadership" 

11:45 am - 12:30 pm: Carl Sumter presents "The Process of Promoting from Within"

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Catered Box Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Implementation Planning Session 

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Closing Remarks and Registration for Follow Up Session

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