We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Hindman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance for me as a restaurant General Manager changes throughout the year, we have slower months like January whereas the Christmas season is extremely busy. There are plenty of times when work needs my full attention and vice versa for my personal life. Maintaining balance for me starts with boundaries and vocalizing them at the beginning of any kind of relationship. When I have the opportunity to give work my all, I do. So that when I need to put myself or my family first I can without feeling guilty. As I have gained confidence in my abilities over the years, the guilt seems to go away faster or be nonexistent . Also having a wonderful team around me and setting realistic time frames has made maintaining balance easier.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hospitality comes naturally to OR is second nature to me. I have “the gift of gab” and I truly love taking care of people. I am so thankful to be part of this industry. My career in hospitality started with a culinary and pastry degree from Johnson & Wales University. I worked in kitchens for over 17 years where the natural urge to lead became very apparent. I eventually wanted more which led me to transition into the dining room. I have been a restaurant manager for 6 years now. None of it has been easy but my desire to be better than I was yesterday and having a great work ethic has made me a success. I am so proud to be able create a work environment and culture that more than 120 employees love to come to and work for. At the end of the day finding a wonderful support system personally and professionally is the key to any story or brand. My amazing bosses above me have the same love of taking care of people, developing them and being a part of their success as I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start our weekend at Acreage by Stem Cider in Lafayette. The property is beautiful and the view of the mountains is breathtaking. The next morning we would grab sandwiches at Snarfs to take on our hike. Again, enjoying another moment of Colorado’s beautiful scenery on the trails by NCAR in South Boulder. For dinner it would be Chez Thuy for some Vietnamese food, specifically anything with their grilled pork. I am not in 20’s anymore so we would get some fun wine from Hazel’s and head home. The next day we would stay closer to home in Erie. Walking there to build up an appetite. We would hit 2 of my favorites – 24 Carrot and Birdhouse, both have great food and drinks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I for sure have not gotten where I am without my amazing husband. He knows my strengths and weaknesses probably better than I do. I have 100% confidence he wants me to be the most successful person I can be in both my work and personal life.