Sandra Banks
  • 35, Female
  • San Antonio, TX
  • United States
  • Dave & Buster's
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Sandra Banks's Discussions

Looking for great training websites or groups to join!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Howard Appell Feb 23, 2009. 1 Reply

Training Ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick O Mar 4, 2009. 6 Replies


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Corporate Training Manager
Dave & Buster's
What best describes my company
Casual Dining
Consulting, Discovering New Wines, Learning, Making Friends, Networking
Personal Quote
If worrying doesn't fix it, change it, or make it better....shouldn't you be doing something that does?
I have worked in the restaurant industry for about 11 years. I started as a server/trainer/bartender for Chili's Grill & Bar and worked my way to manager and eventually to Regional Traininig Consultant. With this particular company I had a great opportunity to travel Texas, meet new people, and learn many things along the way from new hire development to new store openings.

Almost 3 years ago I began working for Dave & Buster's as an Operations Manager. During this time, I didn't travel much, but I still had wonderful learning experiences with a very talented group of individuals. In July of 2008 I joined the Corporate Training Team at our Corporate Headquarters (what can I is in my blood). While I am still relatively new in my role I find that I still have a passion for program and structural design. Creating materials, building out maps, and research are my favorite parts in the development cycle.

I look forward to meeting new people and sharing many new experiences in my role as well as during my time in this group. Thank you.
Years in the Industry

Sandra Banks's Blog

"The Best Employer in Town"---Great Article for Retention

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 9:48am 1 Comment

The Best Employer in Town

by Bill Marvin

As I travel around the country, a common lament from operators is that it is getting harder and harder for them to find the quantity and quality of workers they need. On one hand, I believe that if you need five good people, there are certainly five good people looking for work. At the same time, the challenge is how to locate them or how to get them to knock on your door. Perhaps we should look at the issue of how to attract the right… Continue

How do you measure learning and success in your organization?

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 8:51am 0 Comments

I would encourage you to Google Kirkpatrick's Levels of Evaluation. It is a great system to truly analyze your return on investment. It's not going to give you the 'silver bullet' since your results are individualized. There is no blanket answer, but this will give you a great start. You can't measure results if you didn't have a goal to begin with, all you get is loose data that you attempt to draw a conclusion from...but what if it's the wrong one?

The 5 levels… Continue

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At 12:14pm on December 23, 2009, Moses Castillo said…
Hello! Glad to see some people from the area. I own so take a look at the site and let me know if there is anything we can help with. We'd love to help.
At 6:42am on March 3, 2009, Patrick O said…
Sandra. Just look under the heading 'Discussions' and go from there. I'm going to try and get you a link so you can just click.
At 6:56pm on February 28, 2009, Craig Priebe said…
Welcome Sandra
Here's an opportunity- won't take but a moment and it's fun...

- go here-

-and vote for #F06 Cherry Almond Truffles - vote only once and pass it on to all of your friends

I am a finalist in a big video recipe contest and I need your votes to win
deadline is Friday March 6

Craig Priebe
"Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas"
At 8:07pm on February 26, 2009,
Dana A. Romero
I wanted to personally invite you to join our discussions in regards to cheeses at the Cheese Group on FohBoh. Every week we introduce a new cheese and invite you to find it in your area, buy it, try it and then dicuss it with us. Take a look at all the FohBoh groups while you are at it. Looking forward to hearing from you. Dana
At 7:35am on February 25, 2009, Scott Smith said…
Hi Sandra!
Good to hear from you. Us ex "Chiliheads" have to stick to together! What Chili's did you work for? Did you know Shawn Dwyer or Clay? I was mostly in the Dallas Area (Plano, Los Colinas, Addison) but also in Kansas City and the home office. I am also involved in training here at TRA-food safety and a management course we call Bootcamp.
At 5:12pm on February 23, 2009, Andy Swingley said…
Thanks for your connect and comment Sandra! It means a ton to me when anything I write is of interest or help to anyone!!!

Have a great day and let's stay connected,
At 11:35am on February 23, 2009, Howard Appell said…
Welcome Sandra, I'm sure you will find this site very useful and fun to use.
At 11:23am on February 23, 2009, Ian Maksik said…
Sandra; Please forgive me for not being more active...I've been on a consulting assignment for the last 29 months with a large restaurant/catering group in the NY/NJ area and in these tough economic times we're so involved in training as a morale builder. In the meantime please go to my website at and go to the last page... The A to Z's of Service Manual and DVD will be of great help to you... It is a complete Service training program in itself... If you call me at 954-804-5413 I'll give you a 30% discount because you're a member of FOHBOH... This training program is being used worldwide with great success.
At 9:34am on February 23, 2009, Catherine said…
Hey Sandra! Yep, pretty cool! I could be on this for hours...
At 8:05am on February 23, 2009, Donna said…
Hello to you, too, I didn't realize that the corp. office for D&B was here in Austin...I love that place!!




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