Business Success Skills, Systems & Strategies for Home-Based Business Owners

0005: Making the Leap from Employee to Boss with Michael Vann

Michael Vann

Michael Vann, CEO & Founder of Urban Acres, Inc. and Serial Restaurateur

For over 20 years, Michael Vann has been on a personal mission to build an integrated retail foodservice company that has the diversity and elasticity to ride all economic shifts. Vann’s entrepreneurial career and expertise is rooted in the development, ownership and management of several New York landmark restaurants.

As co-founder and creator of the world-renowned Shark Bar restaurant, his vision and expertise secured the Shark Bar as one of the premiere restaurants serving upscale soul food in America during the 1990s. Vann’s additional restaurateur credits include the Harlem landmark Amy Ruths, co-founder of national restaurant company, Soulfood Concepts, creator and co-founder of New York’s Soul Café, lead consultant for Sean “Puffy” Comb’s Justin’s in New York and one of the key managers of the Mid Town Mahattan landmark restaurant B. Smith’s in the late 80’s.

Learning Nuggets:

  • Plan before you leap into full time entrepreneurship.

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