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How to succeed in business? Ask these 4 execs

As the newest culinary and hospitality management graduates embark on careers in our industry, four successful executives offer some tips on achieving success:

Jeff Davis, 2017 chairman, National Restaurant Association; chairman of United States Beef Corp.

“Engage, educate, innovate and advocate. Also, be surrounded by good people who care for the guests, employees and the industry.”

Lorna Donatone, region chair North America, CEO of Schools Worldwide, Sodexo Inc.

“Consider all options before deciding the best fit. “When you’re trying to grow your career, make sure you widen your lens to include different types of jobs and pieces of this industry.”

Roz Mallet, president and CEO, PhaseNext Hospitality

“If you work hard, find the right mentors and the right network, you can have a phenomenal career. Also, have clarity when it comes to understanding your own core competencies. And never stop learning. Intellectual curiosity is the key to expanding your knowledge base — personally and professionally."

Christianne Ricchi, owner, iRicchi ristorante in Washington, D.C.

“Stop and think about who you are, what you want, what the market wants, and go from there. Have the courage to take some calculated risks and a visionary zeal that keeps you going.”

Visit the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for more information on our work with the industry's next generation of leaders.

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