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Anthony (Ant) Blair began walking down the culinary road at the age of 16 when his mother became angry and stopped cooking for the household. By necessity he had to learn how to cook the basics - Mac & Cheese, Hot Dogs, and Eggs. From there necessity became curiosity. Working at a local grocery store, Ant had the opportunity to see foods he'd never seen before. Ant started to experiment with new foods and started to enjoy the cooking experience.
In his early twenties, Ant became a dishwasher a new local restaurant. The restaurant was one of the first theme restaurants in the area and was quite a busy spot. Ant quickly moved up the ranks and became head pizza cook and filled in on fryers and sautee' when needed.
After putting in his 4 years as a cook Ant founded Dependable Advertsing in 2009 and has since expanded the firms reach across the Midwest. Ant’s guidance, core philosophies, and strong principles drive the strategic development and direction of both Dependable and its client list.
Early in his career, Ant was an active technologist dabbling in a variety of hardware and software that he evangelized to businesses. Here he developed his principles of education, hard work, and integrity. As he provided solutions to retail and service industries, Ant’s ability to execute larger and larger solutions grew exponentially and made him a premiere online marketer. Within just 1 year of graduating college Ant was recognized as one of West Michigan’s top online marketers and entrepreneurs.
When it comes to his business, Ant applies philosophies of swift and thorough diligence, sound planning, effective management, and driving value through proven, intelligent marketing systems rather than digital hocus pocus. His pioneering vision of combining traditional marketing principles with mobile technology insight, was the direct result of the combination of these philosophies. For example, in 60 days, Dependable Advertising enabled an emergency services company to generate a cash flow of $30,000 a month in the ultra competitive New York City market.
Ant has appeared on local television, business publications and videos, holiday cards, and was featured as one of In Business magazine's Top 40 Under 40.
At 26, Ant made a long term decision to follow Jesus and serve Jehovah. Currently 42 years old, resides in Columbus, Indiana with his wife. When not serving in his role at Dependable, Ant participates in youth and men's groups, applying the same wisdom and principles of hard work that he does to his business. He also maintains active interests in spiritual formation, writing, and cooking. Ant holds an Associates of Business degree from Baker College and is a Certified Christian Life Coach
Red Lobster will nix low-price specials and focus on flourishes like plating in order to reshape itself as a cut above dine-i -More-
The Year of the Instagram Strategy Managing the Instagram channel has become a strategic imperative for any brand or small business, and the urgency grows daily along with its user base. During this webinar on August 12 you'll hear how brands such as Disneyland Resort, JCPenney, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are utilizing this platform to connect with their customers in an authentic, relevant way. Register today!
Gen Z, the first true digital generation, represents the future foodservice consumer. They're a generation on the move that strongly prioritizes speed of service, technology, and having what they want, when they want it. Millennials, more so than older generations, prefer to visit restaurants that offer new and unique foods and flavors. Gen X and Boomers converge on several preferences—such as the importance of a convenient location.
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) and Golden Gate Capital today announced that Golden Gate has completed the acquisition of the Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.
Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.
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