Mitchell provided an inspirational message of “following your passion” and gave insights into the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. He also shared stories of his professional journey, beginning as dishwasher, attending the Culinary Institute of America, hitting the glass ceiling at the now defunct 55 Restaurant Group, and now running the independent and privately held Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.
CMR has grown to 36 restaurants and 15 different concepts with locations in 12 states. In addition, the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina and Colorado.
SC parent Tim Cahill directs the entrepreneurial aspects of the discussions while alumni John C. “Jack” Ryan Jr. ’74 and Bill Butler ’63 lead in the areas of personal finance and investments.
The goal of the club is to bring in speakers like Mitchell from different types of business so that the students can learn from individuals who have actually started their own business. It was started as “a great way for students to learn about business principles, potential careers, and what it takes to start your own business,” Cahill said.
Later this year, the club is going to have a “Pitch Competition” where the students will pitch a new business idea that they developed to a panel of judges… like a “mock (trial) Shark Tank.”