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Michael Rutherford started his career in the hospitality industry washing dishes at a restaurant at the age of sixteen. While the next year as a Junior in high school, he studied in a career technical program as an Apprentice in the Correspondence Course offered through the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute. Two years later, Michael was awarded with the honor as an Apprentice of the year.


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As a Senior at Washburne Trade School/ Culinary Institute, Michael was chosen to represent his classmates, along with six other students at the National Restaurant Association/American Culinary Federation Culinary Classics. Where each Team member earned a gold medal & a Team first place trophy on the national platform. The following year, Michael was honored to open up the National Restaurant Show as an Ice Sculptor.

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As a working learner Michael Rutherford attended major universities for specific course work and certifications. Michael has been fortunate to work for successful companies that provided excellent leadership and learning academies.

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Michael served on the management teams opening new restaurant concepts, development committees, industry associations, and software development board of advisors. He served his way as a director operating more than 30 different concepts ranging from very large well branded & high volume venues, retail stores, hotels, clubs and restaurants responsible for all profit centers and renovations.

“Michael’s restaurant operating experience with financial responsibility ranged between $1MM to $28MM with the average business location of $5.5MM.”

Michael opened the first King’s Seafood Restaurant that earned the Nation’s Restaurant News “Hot Concepts Award”, along with West Coast Ventures of Orange County, California earning the #1 Restaurant & Nightclub list for 4 years in a row.

Michael expanded his career into Technology selling Management Information Systems at the turn of the century. His job was building a team of sales consultants who met with owners and operators of independent restaurants, mid-size properties and large restaurant chains for system automation investments. The company partnered with many industry leaders [i.e. Red Robin, Tilted Kilt, Yard House, Peet’s Coffee and Jamba Juice, and many hundreds of more independent operators].

As a sales, operations & marketing engagement leader, he was responsible for performance improvement training leading professional teams in as many as five west coast offices. While his division supported over 5,800 business accounts with “professional services” across the country, he was able to excel in managing successful relationships, implementing strategic business plans, best practices, partnerships, acquisitions & mergers, and change management.

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Highly Skilled, Motivated, Seasoned and Experienced Professional who will get things done!

Over 25+ years of successful and productive public, private and non-profit work.

Highly Accomplished Self-Starter

Highly Innovative and Creative

Highly Successful Team Player

A Highly Skilled and Action Oriented Achiever.

Innovative Creative Thinker. Early Adopter and Life-Long Learner.

Strong Planner… Organizer… and Administrator. 

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“Michael Rutherford has been a significant mentor to me in the field of restaurant POS technology and Operations and I recommend him as a valuable asset to any company. He is one of the most task-oriented and focused people I have ever worked with, and excels in doing all due diligence in order to effectively and successfully reach goals and win sales. Michael understands the nuances of doing business and combines that with his years in the field to bring a unique and acute perspective to every process. His inherent drive and competitive nature means that a solution is always possible, the answer is always yes, and he will always see things through to the very end.” – Cristal Ghitman