Stuart Gilchriest, MBA, Boston, USA!

Stuart Gilchriest, MBA, Boston, USA!
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Career Bio: Stuart blogs on his experiences working in the US, having completed a challenging, varied, and internationally-focused MBA program in 2013. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of a small hospitality consultancy in Miami, Florida helping clients understand and reduce inventory losses, and is charged with HR, Marketing and Sales responsibilities in addition to the company’s Operations. Prior to his studies, Stuart has five years experience in the UK hospitality market, having joined Mitchells and Butlers as an Operations Graduate in 2007 before switching to Spirit Pub Company (formerly part of Punch Taverns) in 2010. Having been an area manager leading a team of up to 18 diverse, strong-minded and committed General Managers for various UK restaurant brands, he decided to alter his career path by taking a one year MBA at Hult International Business School. Stuart’s mantra is life has always been… if you don’t like it, change it!

Career catastrophe: I once went for an interview that involved a panel of four people quizzing me at once. All was going well until someone asked what I would change about my current job: without thinking, I blurted out “my boss”. What a terrible way to endear yourself to a prospective employer! While it was true that that was the reason I was looking to move on, I learned a harsh but valuable life-lesson: sometimes in interviews, less is more. Needless to say I didn’t get the job, but then I suppose everything happens for a reason.

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