Meet two veterans who are contibuting to our industry.
Bartender, Yogi’s Bar and Grill
After leaving the Army in 2007 (her career started in 2001), Jantzen King wanted to make an impact on people’s lives. However, while working as a social worker, Jantzen realized she wanted to be more, well, social.
“I wanted the social aspect of being ‘out’ but didn’t like how it was affecting my bank account,” she said. “I decided I would bartend.”
She joined the team at Yogi’s Bar and Grill in Dublin, Ohio, and has seen three small business owners lead the restaurant.
“Not a lot of people can say that, but I truly love my job. We all are family and they really do care about their employees,” Jentzen said.
And, her military service prepared her well for a career in the “action-packed” restaurant and service industry. In both, discipline, time management attitude and confidence are key.
“Throughout the military, many times I thought I couldn’t make it through a task. Your attitude and self-confidence measures your success,” she said. “The best lesion I learned is how important it is to believe in yourself.”
Owner/Chef, Da Levee
Justin Boehme always knew he wanted to own and operate his own restaurant one day. But, service to country called.
He served in the Army from 2002-2008, with a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005-2006. Today, he is the owner/chef of Da Levee, a Cajun restaurant in Columbus with two locations.
“My experience in the Armed Forces has not only helped me in my career but also in life,” Justin said. “I know what having a bad day is really like. I wake up every morning knowing that I have already lived through the worst days of my life. With that knowledge how can you have a bad day?”
While stress is a common thread shared by both experiences, both are connected by the best advice Justine ever received.
“Treat everyone like a human being,” he said. “I get great satisfaction from creating something people enjoy. I love that everyday is different with a new and exciting challenge around every corner.”