Meet the Leadership: David Abes, Regional Director of Operations at LDV Hospitality
July 27, 2015
Meet the Leadership: David Abes, Regional Director of Operations at LDV Hospitality
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Meet the C-Suite/leadership,” where each week we will feature one of the city’s most high profile executives.



This week meet David Abes, regional director of operations for New York-based LDV Hospitality, which is one of the country's leading restaurant groups and owns 24 food and beverage venues across the globe.



Name: David Abes

Company: LDV Hospitality

Title: Regional Director of Operations

Headquarters: New York

Background: Director of Operations for Here To Serve Restaurants for last 14 years

First job: Flipping burgers and scooping ice cream at GD Ritzys

Education: BA in Industrial Psychology at Arizona State University

Residence: Sandy Springs, Ga.



Business Strategy



How’s business: Corso in Buckhead Atlanta is going great. We have built up an incredible clientele and it has become the gathering place in the area. Dolce Italian is opening at the end of August and then American Cut in November.



Biggest challenge for your business: Costs. Rising food cost and labor. Need to watch all the product that comes in the back door and take care of your people. You are only as good as who you surround yourself with.



What’s going to change at your company in the next year: Going from Corso, to Dolce and American Cut opening. Plus continued growth in Puerto Rico, New York, and Chicago



Company goal yet to be achieved: Always working on branding LDV so when guests are in New York, Miami, Chicago, Vegas, LA and Atlanta, that we are all the same family.



Management philosophy



Guiding principles for good management: Get to know what makes each of your employees tick. Always get feedback from your front line players. Bring your game face to work and high five everyone.



Best way to keep competitive edge: Focus on a million little things, be consistent and improve your team constantly



Why people like working for you: I love what I do. My title is “Head Dishwasher” I do whatever it takes to make sure LDV is successful. I treat my staff as my own family.



Most inspiring entrepreneur: My Dad. He is a dentist, but turned dentistry into a business, by taking care of patients to build a company.



Judgment calls



Best business decision: Listen to people smarter than me and never coast.



Hardest lesson learned and how you learned it: Opening a new restaurant when I was younger and thought I knew everything.



Toughest business decision: Realizing that someone is not focused on the team and more about themselves.



Biggest missed opportunity: Don’t think I have had any. Been very lucky.



True confessions



Like best about job: The amazing people I have met in my life.



Like least about job: Working weekends, but it is nice having a weekday off when everyone else working.



Pet peeve: People who say NO, can’t or that’s not my job.



First choice for a new career: Sports or movie agent.



Predilections



Most influential book:“Setting the Table” by Danny Meyer



Favorite cause: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) my son was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was two. Now he is 15. Atlanta Community Food Bank. Bill Boiling has made me a better person since I met him 12 years ago.



Favorite restaurant: Scarpetta in New York.



Favorite way to spend free time: Playing basketball and golf, hanging at home relaxing.



Favorite music: Sting/Police, Paul Simon and Dave Mathews Band.



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