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"Questions I Wish You Would Ask Me™| Abed Mishtawy

publication date: Jun 1, 2011
author/source: Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE CMHS

"Questions I Wish You Would Ask MeTM" includes interviews such as those found in our HOSPITALITY CONVERSATIONS,  and and it also allows industry professional the opportunity to share their perspectives, values and opinions on additional areas and subjects that may not have been part of the planned discussion.  This segment includes a wide range of hospitality professionals from all portions of the industry, with participants answering at least five of the listed nine questions.  Their responses will interest, sometimes amuse and definitely inspire you to consider how YOU might answer.

  This response comes from Abed Mishtawy, a multi-faceted food service professional. Currently in the Tampa, St. Petersburg Florida area, Abed has spent the last tweny plus years in a variety of management and senior partnership roles with several companies, most notably as District Manager at Checkers Drive in Restaurants, as Director of Operations at Ponderosa Steak and Buffet Franchise Company and as Franchise Business Consultant at Ponderosa Steakhouses Metromedia

  • What is your favorite charity or cause?                                                                                   
  The Red Cross, they are always there...

  • Name your pet service peeve, why and any ideas you may have to address it. 
When I ask: "What is good on the menu?" and the server answers "everything"

  •  Who was the most important mentor in your life and why? In the last five years, what has been your memorable
David Evans , Senior VP of Human Resource at Mattress Giant. When facing a tough question, he is my moral compass and gets me to answer my own questions

  • In the last five years, what has been your most memorable meeting or convention experience and why?  
Our convention in Vegas at the Paris. The Agenda was not jam packed, we had a chance to mingle and meet other participants

  • What is the one piece of advice you would offer to a graduating student with a hospitality degree?

Regardless to where you are, Check your EGO at the door. Ego has no place in hospitality

  • What is the one question do you wish someone would ask you in an interview today?

"What does the word balance mean to you? And how do you achieve it ?" And, What do you value the most in life and why?


We have asked dozens of people involved in hospitality businesses around the world to answer up to nine questions in this special section of HospitalityEducators.com.  If you would like to participate, please contact   John.Hogan@HospitalityEducators.com 

 Feel free to share an idea for a column at info@hoganhospitality.com anytime or contact me regarding consulting, customized workshops, speaking engagements ... And remember - we all need a regular dose of common sense.

Dr. John Hogan, Crowne Plaza Chicago, MeetingsQuest Oct 2010
John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events.  He is Co-Founder of a consortium (www.HospitalityEducators.com) of successful corporate and academic professionals delivering focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today. www.HospitalityEducators.com is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. Individuals wishing to contribute materials may send them Kathleen@HospitalityEducators.com. Special pricing is in effect for a limited time that also includes a complimentary copy of LESSONS FROM THE FIELD- A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO EFFECTIVE HOTEL SALES.

Dr. John Hogan, CHE CHA CMHS          United States - Phoenix, Az

Phone: 602-799-5375    
www.hoganhospitality.com/ Email: info@hoganhospitality.com.

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