Company: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Position: Operating Partner
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
San Antonio, Texas
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I moved to Rochester, NY in the 3rd grade. I developed a passion for cooking from my father, which ultimately lead me to attending Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, North Carolina. I moved down here in 2005 and have been working uptown ever since. I graduated College in 2009 and have been with Fleming’s for the past 8 years. I was the second youngest to make Operating Partner (missing the first by a few months!). I am a big Steelers fan, also something I got from my father.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
In College, I volunteered for a couple years at an Adult home for the mentally handicapped off Cedar St. I would go in on my days off after class and cook them dinner and watch movies with them and play games for a few hours. We used to have a blast. I remember one time I made some fish and rice for everyone and one of the ladies there told me, “We love when you’re here Tom, but this is terrible!” In her defense, she was not wrong. That one will always stick with me.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
Fleming’s is a platform where I can contribute to many charities and help the community. I am able to donate silent auction items like gift certificates, wine dinners, night out packages, and those help those charities to raise money at their events. We also partner with the Harvest Food Donation to give food each week to local churches and charities.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I play a lot of bad golf. I am really good at getting my clubs out of the car and stocking the cooler with beer. Everything after that is just bonus. I am a big sports fan and follow the Steelers religiously and am also a Spurs fan from growing up in San Antonio. I like to make a Vegas trip at least once a year.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
In the Top 40 under 40! Hahaha I would like to work with Fleming’s for another 7 or 8 years and then make a move where I can spend more time traveling and spending time with family and friends.
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
Star Wars… Although I do say that I am going to go see pretty much every movie that comes out. Sometimes the schedule just does not work that way, but at least Star Wars was awesome.
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
Here Come the Mummies at the Neighborhood Theatre. Before you laugh, check them out! Then you will definitely laugh. They were really great though.