You can go urban to rural in 15 minutes. You can happen onto a sunflower field in the summertime. The reasonable cost of living makes a dream more possible to achieve for people of all ages — like opening your own restaurant!
Why did you decide to settle in the Dayton area?
It wasn’t really a decision, I just drank the water … .
How did you get involved with your line of work?
My aunt and uncle opened a restaurant in Olathe, Kansas and hired a retired Army Chef to run the kitchen. I got a summer job there, and the rest is history.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Beverage: A big, cold Gin Martini with lots of blue cheese olives
Food: Thick, crunchy, freshly fried tortilla chips and good salsa
Music: The fact that I rarely listen to anything put out after 1985
What superpower would you love to have?
Unconditional love and an outsider’s perspective on life as we know it.
If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be?
• High-speed rail linking the cities in Ohio, including Dayton and Springfield!
• The Final Four instead of the First Four, perhaps?
• More direct flights to and from the Dayton airport. My stomach clenches at the thought of connecting at O’Hare!
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
Whatever life may be like in the future, I know we can count on Dayton to be itself, calm and down-to-earth, with a foundation in hard work and a good sense of humor to get ourselves through the thick and the thin.
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