Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Rundle.
Shannon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been in the service industry since I was 15 years old. I started as a waitress at an Appalachian truck-stop restaurant. I’ve done other jobs over the years in retail, sales, floral, delivery, even construction and warehouse. I picked up a few degrees along the way. Something about Hospitality has always called me back. I think that it all comes down to liking to take care of people.
After taking time off to be completely with my daughters in their precious first years, I was ready to get something going. I tended bar for a family friend’s wedding and it all fell together after that.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been totally smooth, but I have definitely learned and grown. Probably one of the biggest struggles has been all the “hats” I wear. I am aware of my capabilities and weaknesses. It’s difficult to go from being the accountant and office person, to the marketing and operations… There is the constant need to switch gears. However, I have a great network of professionals that I contract with and have built up a strong repertoire with my past and repeat clients.
Bar Fly Beverage Solutions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Bar Fly is my third child. I put my heart and soul into every event we service. Events are special to people. That’s what makes them “events”. I cater to them on a personal level, as I feel we are lucky to be invited to someone’s wedding, birthday, golden anniversary, celebration of life… These things are personal and not just a paycheck. They are milestones in people’s lives. The Bar Fly philosophy is to go all in, giving our guests the experience they deserve. This means finding Grandma and making her dinner plate or hand-delivering her drink just the way she likes it. This means helping set tables and fold napkins or clear dishes, even when you’re just supposed to be making drinks. There is no “that’s not my job” mentality. The event is our job and it is our honor to make it a success.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This is hard to define. I have so many proud moments. I won an award on Thumbtack for the “Best Bartender of 2015”. That was fun, but honestly, the proudest moments for me are when I see the happiness of people enjoying a significant day into which they’ve put so much preparation.
I love hearing the toasts and seeing the centerpieces and weird family dynamics. I love seeing a couple dance together, still in love after 50 years of marriage. I even love the solemn bonding of family and friends in the wake of a loss. These are the beautiful human moments that validate my mission.
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