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Sean MacDonald

Sean MacDonald

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group


Personal Information

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School: The Ohio State University

Major: Business Administration - Marketing

Years at College Works: 2010

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Bravo Brio Restaurant Group

Title: Manager

Industry: Restaurant

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Executing quality dishes to ensure a positive dining experience for guests. Successfully controlling costs associated with running a profitable business such as food, labor and beverage. Driving sales and traffic through focus on product and service.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

After traveling the country and opening several new restaurants, I stood out enough that the District Partner from my home area promoted me and had me relocate (paid for by my company) to come and improve her district. She saw my performance in opening restaurants with high standards and deliverables to guests, and wanted me out in Maryland to bring her standards up. My promotion has come after over 2 years of work for the company and working my way up from a busser position to a restaurant manager for one of the few companies growing through the recession and in a very crowded market.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP was a hint of what was to come later on in my professional life.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP made me realize a lot about myself and my time management. Although I didn't directly impact my job search much since I did it as a sophomore, it did give me the tools to graduate a year early through managing my time better, and knowing what I was capable of once I did start my career.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Surprisingly the thing I took most out of CWP was the production aspect that had me managing my labor, my product, and my relationships on sales already made. In life, there will be weeks with high sales and weeks with low sales. You make your money on budgeting and execution - not just on your sales numbers before costs.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Everyone gets something different out of the program - even those who don't excel in all areas. We're not all in it to be running painting companies. Use your time to learn as much as possible at every step along the way, because each aspect applies to any industry in the country.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Canoeing on a payroll trip.