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Management Students Get Real-World Advice From Restaurant Owner



Aug 11, 2014

Recently the Organizational Management and Leadership class at the Louisville campus visited a local restaurant.  Luis Alicea-Batlle, business instructor, took his class to Good Ole Jessie’s Dixie Diner to learn firsthand about running a business. The owner and manager, Tom Whitted, spoke to the students about his experiences. The restaurant building, a longtime fixture on Dixie Highway, had been closed for a time when it was purchased by Whitted, who made renovations and reopened.

Jamar Spencer, who is studying for an associate’s degree in business administration-management, noted that Whitted “provided great insight as to what to look for in employees.” According to Jamar, the small business owner had another, more important bit of advice for would-be entrepreneurs. Jamar learned that it is important “to have more money than…you need.”

Tina Kalkbrenner, who is also studying business administration-management, stated, “When the owner/manager talked to us about the type of people he wanted to hire, he focused on friendly staff, which does make a difference when you go to an establishment…His strategy for the business was very enlightening and interesting.” Tina will receive her associates’ degree next year.

Instructor Luis Alicea-Batlle (left) with his Organizational Management class.

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