One of my best friends and former boss is Chris Mayer. He is the President of Sun Development based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Please allow me to give you a little history on our past. Chris and I were both born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and we both worked in the Restaurant/Hospitality Industry our whole lives. The funny thing is, up until the time I interviewed with Chris several years ago, he and I had never met. This little fact was very interesting to both of us because the hospitality industry as a whole is a rather small community, particularly in a city the size if St. Louis. In short, everybody tends to know everybody!
Chris and I worked very well together for the almost 2 years that I was employed as the VP of Sales at Sun Development. We worked hard, but we had a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time on the road together as we oversaw 36+ hotel properties in the USA. When you work with somebody as much and as closely as Chris and I did, you had better hope you get along with that person. Well, to say the least, we became best of friends. We are so close that we refer to each other as “My brother from another mother!”
We learned a lot from each other with regards to business philosophies, selling skills, and even the stock market. One of Chris’s favorite sayings was “Stick to your knitting.” He would refer to this saying on several instances. One that comes to mind would be when one of our Sales Directors would find themselves not spending time selling. They were hired to “sell” and might drift off doing other tasks that was not related to producing revenue or selling. It would be at that time Chris would say “You need to stick to your knitting.”
Knowing a little about this history is important as I explain the journey and path that I have taken our brand “Pattee Cakes.”
Jay Hartz, owner.