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Danny Meyer

Danny Meyer

Keynote Speaker: Founder of Shake Shack; Leadership Speaker & Employee Wellness Advocate

Danny Meyer Biography

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Danny Meyer grew up in a family that relished great food and hospitality. Thanks to his father’s travel business, which designed custom European trips, Meyer spent much of his childhood eating, visiting near and far-off places, and sowing the seeds for his future passion. In 1985, at the age of 27, Meyer opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.

Thirty years later, Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) comprises some of New York’s most beloved and acclaimed restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, and more. Meyer and USHG founded Shake Shack, the modern-day “roadside” burger restaurant, which became a public company in 2015. USHG also offers large-scale event services, foodservice solutions for public and private institutions, industry consulting, and educational programming.

Under Meyer’s leadership, USHG is renowned not only for its acclaimed restaurants but also for its distinctive and celebrated culture of Enlightened Hospitality. This guiding principle of prioritizing employees first and foremost has driven and shaped USHG’s ongoing evolution from a small group of restaurants into a multi-faceted hospitality organization.

Meyer and USHG’s diverse ventures have added to the hospitality dialogue in many contexts including dining options in museums, sports arenas, and cultural institutions, as well as prescient investments in burgeoning neighborhoods. USHG launched a pioneering initiative to eliminate tipping throughout its New York restaurants. This new way of business, called Hospitality Included, is designed to compensate the restaurant team more equitably and professionally while providing clear paths for professional advancement.

Meyer’s groundbreaking business book, Setting the Table, a New York Times Bestseller, articulates a set of signature business and life principles that translate to a wide range of industries. A celebrated speaker and educator, Meyer has set industry standards in areas such as hiring practices, innovative leadership, and corporate responsibility and addresses a wide range of audiences on such topics around the country.

Meyer has been generously recognized for his leadership, business achievements, and humanitarianism, including the Julia Child Award, the TIME 100 “Most Influential People” list, the Aspen Institute Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership, the NYU Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, and the IFMA Gold Plate Award. Together, Meyer and USHG’s restaurants and individuals have won an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

Meyer and his wife, Audrey, live in New York City and have four children.

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Danny Meyer Videos

Danny Meyer on reviving the restaurant industry - YouTube
When Hospitality Means Finding the No - Danny Meyer - YouTube
Danny Meyer: How to Use Hospitality in Business to Gain and Keep ...

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What topics does Danny Meyer speak about?

Danny Meyer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Disruptive Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Big Think, Business, Business Leadership, Social Media, Marketing, Authors, Food & Beverage, Customer Service, Human Resources, Economy and Corporate Culture.

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Danny Meyer generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Danny Meyer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Disruptive Thinking and Entrepreneurship. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Danny Meyer generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Marc Randolph and Jesse Itzler. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Danny Meyer for an upcoming event.

Danny Meyer Videos

Danny Meyer on reviving the restaurant industry - YouTube
When Hospitality Means Finding the No - Danny Meyer - YouTube
Danny Meyer: How to Use Hospitality in Business to Gain and Keep ...
Setting the Table with Danny Meyer – How Focusing on Hospitality ...
Will 'No-Tipping' Save the Restaurant Industry? | SXSW Convergence 2016

Danny Meyer Reviews

  • We had such a great retreat kickoff last night ... our leadership can't stop talking about it this morning! Mr. Meyer's keynote address really tied nicely to our mission and goal for the retreat. Plus, the location of the ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza overlooked an area where his family lived when he was a child and he brought in such wonderful personal stories of growing up in that neighborhood. He was truly inspiring.
    Spire Inc. - May 18 2018

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