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Lessons From Chef Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible

Last year when Chef Robert Irvine was out on the Olympic Peninsula filming an episode of his popular TV show “Restaurant: Impossible”, he stayed with us at our Holiday Inn Express and ate at our Black Bear Diner. Chef Irvine had only compliments for our hotel and restaurant; he said we got the details right.30

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Just be Love

Community engagement has always been an important part of my company’s operational philosophy. Our Black Bear Diner regularly gives a portion of its daily revenue to local non-profits through its Dine-to-Donate program and during the holiday season supports Make-A-Wish. Our Holiday Inn Express hires employees with disabilities who bring an infectious joy to their jobs.30

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Keep on Pushing

Olympian Devon Harris’s story is impressive. Devon competed in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games as one of the founding members of the Jamaican four-man bobsled team. Devon and his teammates were admired worldwide as underdogs and their story was the inspiration to the 1993 movie “Cool Runnings.”

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How to Beat the Big Boys and Girls by Changing the Rules

I traveled to San Francisco for our annual Holiday Inn Express Franchise Convention where Billy Beane, General Manager from the Oakland Athletics baseball team, spoke to us. He’s the main character in the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis. When the movie was made Beane was played by Brad Pitt. (How cool is that!)

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