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michaelatkinson: Checking out "Pimp My Pizza at Custom Built Pizza Las Vegas" on FohBoh: http://t.co/PaARBWIf

michaelatkinson: Checking out "Pimp My Pizza at Custom Built Pizza Las Vegas" on FohBoh: http://t.co/PaARBWIf

michaelatkinson: Just added a new blog post on FohBoh from collective zoo http://t.co/PaARBWIf

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michaelatkinson: RT @OnionPolitics: Somewhere, Bill Clinton is shouting answers to all of Jim Lehrer’s questions at his television

michaelatkinson: RT @OnionPolitics: Somewhere, Bill Clinton is shouting answers to all of Jim Lehrer’s questions at his television

michaelatkinson: @jowyang here here!

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michaelatkinson: If most job boards all share postings, isn't finding an inexpensive "point of entry" a smart idea? Why pay $450, $250,…http://t.co/JLfvbKHP

michaelatkinson: If most job boards all share postings, isn't finding an inexpensive "point of entry" a smart idea? Why pay $450, $250,…http://t.co/JLfvbKHP

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michaelatkinson: RT @YardHouse: Join #TeamYardHouse #Waikiki for the 2012 @KomenHawaii #RaceForTheCure on Sunday, October 21st! http://t.co/5rfVtRRU

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michaelatkinson: This is going to be a hot sub-segment of the $40 billion pizza segment. Also, ripe for creative investment bankers wit…http://t.co/mQ1pDkq4

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Michael L. Atkinson's blog post was featured

It's a bit too Quiet...

It's all a bit too quiet, said the man. When he opened his doors and there were no customers, what then? He prepped food, staffed appropriately, trimmed the pruned the landscape and cleaned the bathrooms. Yet, no one came. What now?This could be a journal entry made by a restaurateur from a small village in Tuscany, or an operator in Dallas. When customers just stop coming to dine, then what? What if it just suddenly or even gradually became quiet and not necessarily as a result of the lowering…See More
Apr 7
Michael L. Atkinson posted a blog post

It's a bit too Quiet...

It's all a bit too quiet, said the man. When he opened his doors and there were no customers, what then? He prepped food, staffed appropriately, trimmed the pruned the landscape and cleaned the bathrooms. Yet, no one came. What now?This could be a journal entry made by a restaurateur from a small village in Tuscany, or an operator in Dallas. When customers just stop coming to dine, then what? What if it just suddenly or even gradually became quiet and not necessarily as a result of the lowering…See More
Apr 7

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San Francisco Food Network

This food network group is for all FohBoh members living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Let's share and list favorite restaurants, wines, wineries and lifestyle. No better place than SF for F&B.See More
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UCLA Annual Restaurant Industry Conference

I absolutely love this event. Not only is it been delivering for 18 years, it's one conference that gets better and better with age.The team at UCLA Extension is so professional and because of this, they are able to attract outstanding speakers and provide a superior networking environment.From my seat, this is a must…See More
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Michael L. Atkinson's blog post was featured

Making Decisions is Getting Tougher and Tougher in a Faster and Faster Business Envionment

Feeling ok about reversing a "good" decision.It's all a roll of the dice isn't it. There are no absolutes in life or in business, so why do we languish about decisions made or become indecisive when the time comes to make a decision? We live in a modern environment that is very competitive, technically…See More
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State
California
Title
Founder
Company
FohBoh, Inc.
Website
http://fohboh.com
Twitter Handle
@michaelatkinson
What best describes my company
Fast Casual
Interests
Finding Investors, Investing, Networking
Personal Quote
Money is a Renewable Resource, Time and Opportunity Aren't
Biography
Restaurateur, entrepreneur and investment professional with over 30 years of progressively complicated experience resulting in a fair amount of gray hair. Some winners; others, not so much.

I love to combine online social media with my passion for the restaurant, food and beverage industries. This has resulted in an interesting career spanning over 30 years.

As a restaurateur, I've developed dozens and dozens of concepts, owned five, managed many and sold a few. I have advised chains, CEO's, CFO's, COO's, celebrity chefs and entrepreneurs on matters relating to growth, investment, development, franchising and finance.

As investment banker, I have over 150 transactions under my belt working in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Whew!

As manager, I've held C-level operations and finance positions at fast growing, high-profile chains and as the chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at a few of my own restaurants too. I understand what it takes to make a payroll, work the line, serve customers, make a perfect Martini and close a restaurant at 4 AM.
Years in the Industry
30+

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At 11:40am on December 19, 2012,
Non-Operator
Misty Young
said…

We use Royalty Rewards which is a super comprehensive direct marketing platform. It does everything, kind of a "set it and forget it" system. Misty

At 11:00am on June 19, 2012, Bob Waters said…

Michael,

I hope you had a great trip, Mexico is a lot of fun! I would like to start advertising in 2 weeks and would love to talk to you and get your input for the best route. I think I want to start with Plan C, but am open to any suggestions. Give me a call at your convenience at 352-215-4589. Thanks!

At 1:58pm on June 3, 2012,
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Misty Young
said…

Hi Michael! I have not been active in FohBoh, but have reached a very different place in my professional development, and decided to hop back on. I think I was one of your very first sign ups, and now you've got what one million people on the forum? How awesome is that?!! Congratulations!

Since we first connected in 2008, we did things a little bit backwards, I had told you then the Squeeze In would do our next location in Spanish Springs, and then in south Reno, but we ended up in south Reno first and we're opening Spanish Springs in just a couple of months. What's next for us? We're working toward that march down the California coast with a well regarded, focused, energized Squeeze In brand (including a huge list of tens of thousands of followers through our custom, in-house loyalty program!).

It's thrilling to do business, it's been a lot of fun to be successful, and I'm very excited to have a really big media opportunity heading our way in the short future (Oh, I want to tell, OH I WANT TO TELL, but I have to be silent!!!). BTW, did you happen to catch us on the Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay? It was awesome! You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tUsnWzKEIg

Thank you for being patient with me! I look forward to being involved at FohBoh!!

Misty Young

President/CEO

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