Last week I said good-bye to Starbucks.  I had the opportunity for the last two years to run a Starbucks coffee shop in the basement of the Twin Towers Plaza in Century City.  This was a magnificent experience that I still am shocked I got the chance to do.  Being in the basement of these office buildings, I only had business to those people whom worked in the buildings and because of that, form excellent relationships with them because they were the only people I saw day after day, sometimes two or three times a day.

Even though the customers are a huge focus at Starbucks, and I will repeat that I had the best customers anywhere, I want to take a moment to commend my team.  They are an extremely talented group of hard working individuals that will conquer so many things in their lives.  One of the reasons that I loved working in restaurants and food service is the ability to work alongside people who are still trying to get their goals accomplished.  In the two years I was able to work with some of the greatest of people working to get to the next level of their lives.  Together we created an atmosphere where anyone could come in, get their coffee quickly, and really have the chance to connect with any other person in our store.  They’re constant eagerness to make the day of our customers, while succeeding in our daily goals kept me going.  I am honored to have met all of them and only hope the best for them.

Thank you to my crew.  You were truly and inspiration.