This week, the Ohio Restaurant Association staff moved into a new office space. After calling a building on Bethel Road in Columbus home for more than two decades, we are setting up shop at 100 East Campus View (Suite 150), just north of Columbus in the Worthington area.
This move is an important part of a fresh start for our team. Our previous office was on three floors and terribly inefficient for a team charged with bringing innovation, new products and services, and thought leadership to our members. The new space is a critical element of our business strategy.
While our external “place” for members includes our website, meeting locations, our Mid-America Restaurant Expo, ProStart competitions and other event venues, our internal “place” is our office. It’s the place where we set strategy, focus on execution and interact with members.
Our new place is all on one floor with ample meeting rooms and the kind of soft space I’ve observed while visiting hundreds of offices over the past several years. During my career at Wendy’s, my facilities team and the architectural firm of BHDP completely transformed our Dublin, Ohio headquarters into a modern and contemporary home for employees and franchisees. When this occurs, it’s a super environment for employees.
One of the additional reasons for choosing the 100 East Campus View for our new office is the availability of a meeting area that can hold up to 50 people. In the future, we plan to host board meetings there, plus ServSafe training, ORA events and meetings with outside groups. We are also installing a media room to raise our level of marketing and communications.
Stay tuned as we complete this element of our transformation and begin to host our members in the new home of the ORA.