Although Josh is relatively new to MAD Greens, he's no stranger to the restaurant, food and hospitality industries with more than 17 years of experience. We caught up with Josh during our Domain grand opening week festivities to learn what inspires Josh and his recipe for success. Josh Harmel A love of hospitality, food and music. While on the job hunt I found out about MAD Greens and the more research I did the more attractive the company became.
I love the ability to customize the food here. I enjoy the quality of everything and especially the focus on healthy, clean and fresh ingredients. I also have a personal business philosophy that MAD Greens aligns with. I think you need to have four things to run a successful business - quality product, quality service, speed of service and presentation.
If you follow this, you have a pretty great recipe for success. The moment a member of my team is hired I give them my phone number. Any time they need to talk -- I am there and I want them to know that. It needs to be a two-way conversation. I also believe in the value of one-on-one training. I want to get in there and help my team learn.
Leading by example is a good way to teach and help someone develop. One of my favorite things is team member development. It's so exciting to hire someone who's in that role for the first time and then a year later you watch them advance to shift lead.
We're still learning to work together, but everyone has a shared sense of wanting to work hard when they walk in those front doors. There's lots of laughter as well which is always a good thing. I believe whatever you do you should have fun doing it. One of the most amazing things is how long some of them have been with MAD Greens.
That says a lot for any company to have such a large group of people with such a wealth of company knowledge. Who wouldn't want to surround themselves with team members like that? It's a great group of people to learn from. The Smoky Cider Vinaigrette makes that salad incredible. The Texas-inspired Bonnie Parker salad with baby greens, smoked cheddar cheese, craisins, apples, slow-roasted chicken, MAD Spice pecans and a smoky cider viniagrette. I'm self taught on multiple instruments including guitar, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, piano.
I also own every one of these instruments. I'm also a movie fanatic and watch every single film that comes out, good or bad. Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty good but my all-time favorite is the Fantastic Mr. Every time I watch it I find something I've never seen before. You wouldn't believe how much witty dialogue is in that movie. Back to your interest in music - where did your desire to be a musician come from?
I've always had a varied taste in music and have wanted to try it all! We have cornbread bowls, pancake bowls, chocolate chip cookie bowls. Everything's made from scratch. I have such a love of food and bringing people together through food that I started this about four years ago.
I've learned a lot and have had a lot of fun with it. I've actually been researching MAD Greens records to learn what's already out there and what we'd need to beat. For example, I know there's a record for getting 87 people through the salad line in 30 minutes. I think we'll break that some day.More...