For as long as I can remember Diane and I have talked about turning our passion into a reality. Maybe it started back in 9th grade when I first saw my wife to be in the lunch line, I said to my brother “there’s the girl I’m going to marry” he looked at me and didn’t say anything.
I remember it was about the same time in which I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I love food, wine, entertaining and most of all visiting with friends and neighbors. After twenty five years of marriage and working in the hospitality industry Diane and I have decided to do what comes naturally for us, cooking and entertaining for our friends and neighbors. Like a chef and his or her sous chef (I’m not sure which one of us is the chef on most days) we work together knowing what the next step is going to be.
POUR wine bar and bistro will allow us to share with you our passion of providing a truly great experience of good wine, good food and good friends. Cheers!
Phil graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He has 25 years’ experience launching over 40 new retail/restaurant startups, expanding market presence and building brand awareness. Phil has lead teams with 40 direct reports and 500 indirect reports in regional and national restaurant chains, while managing a $20 million P&L.
Phil’s expertise in staff selection and motivation has helped him create a world class service standard that is measurable and straightforward to implement. He has a strong command of what drives performance and directs his energy towards maximizing efficiency and profitability. Phil’s commanding knowledge of regulatory and health department requirements simplifies business launch and his operational knowledge ensures each guest, a world class experience.
Phil has participated in many city organizations with a focus on community involvement, he has coached youth and high school football. Phil has always taken the time to get to know his team; he is an energetic motivational leader that can connect with people who are in various stages of their career. His knowledge and contacts within the hospitality and wine industry make Phil a tremendous asset. Philip is currently in the process of getting his Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Change and Development from Hawaii Pacific University.
Diane was raised on her family’s farm in Dayton, Minnesota. Diane has been an entrepreneur for over 17 years running a successful child care business from her home. Diane found a niche market in that of providing care for children of school teachers. Diane graduated with an AA in accounting. Diane also attends over 25 hours of training every year for her child care business.
Diane worked for her relatives in a Family restaurant (Dehn’s Country Manor) as a bus person then a server, gaining firsthand knowledge of running a family owned business. Her passion for great service is backed by a talent for preparing top notch desserts for small events and request from people in her circle of contacts.
The combined experience and full understanding of the hospitality industry make this team realistic and strong.