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4/14/14 David Houston Barney's Beanery

April 14, 201485 min
While having difficulty getting a table at a local pool hall with one of his friends, David Houston decided he should open a pool hall. In 1989, David opened Q's Billiard Club that is still in its current location today. In 1999, long-time Los Angeles eatery Barney's Beanery came on the market. David jumped at the chance to purchase the restaurant-bar hybrid and has gone on to expand the brand by opening locations in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Burbank and Westwood. Barney's Beanery employs a staff of about 400 that includes a managerial staff including Human Resources and Regional Managers. Today our listeners get to learn how to transition from one business to another, how to make it smooth, and keep it running like a well oiled machine!

So young but so successful!l Jerry will help our up and coming entrepreneur listeners find their path in the business world! Jerry Jao, CEO and co-founder of Retention Science, a retention-marketing business. Jao has co-founded two other ecommerce marketing companies, including incentiBox, a social media referral platform. Jao worked as an analyst with Morgan Stanley and as an engagement manager for BearingPoint Management Consulting, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on product pricing strategies. Most recently, Jao worked as an adviser to the CFO of Clear Channel, the radio and communications company, working on digital sales initiatives, and iHeartRadio. Jao has a B.S. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley.

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