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Sounni | Restaurant & Social Media Professional | Astoria, New York
Written by MiJobz 742657202     October 24, 2013    
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I am a restaurant professional with over 20 years experience in the food & beverage industry. My experience includes being General Manager of high volume establishments: a restaurant, bar & nightclub in New York City and operations for multiple QSR's at a major entertainment destination in South Florida. I have been involved in all aspects of running a restaurant, from the business/financials to back of the house/kitchen operations to front of the house/customer service. In addition, I focused on maximizing sales by utilizing social media to interact with clientele, organizing live music & themed events, and creating partnerships with organizations to create unique customer experiences. My dedication to the business comes from my lifetime passion with cooking (from farm to kitchen to table), including special interests in organic, local and sustainable movements.

Sounni - Restaurant & Social Media Professional

Alongside my time in the food & beverage industry, in 1997, I co-founded MusicDish, LLC, a music/new media company. I focused on developing business models for the then "new" digital marketplace in the content publishing/syndication field. I launched and was editor of various music publications in the urban, Latin and business fields. MusicDish was also active in managing/promoting artists & music companies online, employing social media marketing before the term "social media" existed. I was also a regular speaker and panelist at music/new media conferences, such as CES, New York Music & Internet Expo and CMJ.

Contact Details

United States



Work Experience

Work Experience
• General Manager
Flo Lounge Restaurant
January 2013 – Present (10 months)

• Consultant
MusicDish LLC
November 2012 – January 2013 (3 months)Greater New York City Area

• General Manager
Ark Hollywood, LLC
March 2011 – November 2012 (1 year 9 months)Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area

• Manager
Ark Restaurants
August 1995 – November 2012 (17 years 4 months)Greater New York City Area

• General Manager
Gonzalez y Gonzalez
March 1997 – January 2011 (13 years 11 months)Greater New York City Area

• Co-Founder, Partner
MusicDish LLC
May 1997 – October 2009 (12 years 6 months)Greater New York City Area
Past Employers
• Flo Lounge Restaurant, MusicDish LLC, Ark Hollywood, LLC, Ark Restaurants, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, MusicDish LLC

Preferred Roles

Preferred Roles
• Desired Job Title: Restaurant & Social Media Professional
• Desired Industry: Any Considered
• Desired Location: United States


Which languages do you speak?
English, Spanish, French
University attended?
Columbia University in the City of New York
Schools Attended
Columbia University in the City of New York 1993 – 1994, Livingston High School 1989 – 1993


Hobbies & Interests
sustainable food sys
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