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Adding Leadership and Growing Your Business with Paul Walker

Paul Walker (@villageinn) is the President of Walker Group Restaurants. Since taking over the family business, it has grown rapidly. Though they weren’t fully prepared, Walker and company heeded the advice of his grandfather to “figure it out”. 

Now with expansion on the horizon, Walker sat with host Shawn Walchef at this year’s Restaurant365 Restaurant Transformation Tour to discuss figuring it out, working with technology partners, and outsourcing to grow.


Be sure to grab your tickets (link below) to the Restaurant Transformation Tour 2023 coming to a city near you.


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Interview Takeaways

Figure it Out – Paul Walker’s family business grew quickly; maybe too quick to some. Though he  wasn’t sure what to do, Walker knew he had to tap into his grandfather’s advice to “figure it out”. With time and a focus on improvement, he was able to do just that.

It’s About Implementation – Training and manuals are great, but Paul Walker knows that it is about implementing what is learned. When selecting technology partners, efficient implementation is paramount for Walker.

Outsourcing and Bringing in Leadership – Relenting control is difficult for anybody, but when a company grows at the pace of Paul Walker’s, it is important to understand and address possible blindspots and manage time effectively. Walker was able to do that by connecting with industry leaders at events like Restaurant 365’s Restaurant Transformation Tour.

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Digital Hospitality is an interview-based video podcast hosted by business owner Shawn P. Walchef (@shawnpwalchef) and produced by his Cali BBQ Media company. The weekly digital series explores the ways successful businesses and entrepreneurs have merged old and new with innovative digital strategies that harness the power of the Internet and social media. Shawn is the founder of Cali BBQ Media and creator of the Restaurant Influencers podcast on Entrepreneur Media.

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