Nathaniel Ru – Article recap

Healthy food at a reasonable price, Sweetgreen is a fast-growing salad chain. Sweetgreen was started in the Washington, DC area back in 2007 and has grown to over 40 locations in New York and California with shops opening in Boston and Chicago as well. Lines extending outdoors is a common scene; Nathaniel Ru, co-founder of Sweetgreen estimates that you will wait around fifteen minutes in line due to popularity not lack of service.


Part of Sweetgreen’s business strategy is the timing of store openings. When the business opened their first New York location, they intentionally set it up away from the rest of the fast-casual restaurants. This allow them to get dinner and weekend traffic instead of focusing on just the lunch crowd.


Sweetgreen focuses on providing what they call Service Design. This is a combination of technology, storytelling, and design. Each customer is provided personalized and consistent service. 30% of customers order through the online application. Sweetgreen put extra effort in designing the app to provide a visual experience similar to walking into the store. The app provides detailed photos of the fresh ingredients, and when you come to pick up your order, a special area is setup to skip the lines.


Customers are greeted with smiling faces when they walk into the restaurant, and are able to view the open kitchen. The dressing and salad ingredients are prepared fresh from scratch each day. Fresh produce is delivered each morning to provide the best ingredients for each meal. The open kitchen allows Sweetgreen to show their guests what they do instead of just telling them about it.


Another aspect of Sweetgreen that sets them apart from other restaurant chains, is that they meet with farmers when opening in a new location before talking with landlords for the restaurants themselves. This allows them to make sure that they have proper supply chains for their new restaurants in the area. This creates variety in the menu between locations and there’s less waste of food. At the end of the day this allows customers to experience new and unique foods that they normally wouldn’t be able to taste.


Nathaniel Ru is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the fast-casual chain of restaurants called Sweetgreen. Together with fellow Georgetown undergrads Nicolas Jammet, and Jonathan Neman, the three created what is now a $95m startup back in 2007.




Brian Bonar Has Founded Many Small Business Money-Saving Solutions

Brian Bonar is the CEO of several companies including Trucept Inc., Smart-Tek Automated Services and the Amanda Company. He was also formerly the CEO of the Dalrada Financial Corporation and Warning Management. Bonar has spent his career using technology and new business ideas to help small and mid-sized businesses save money.

He’s one of the primary founders of professional employer organizations (PEOs), companies that enter into strategic partnerships with small businesses in order to help them focus on other activities. Brian Bonar is originally from the UK but spends most of his time now in San Diego, CA.

Brian Bonar chose mechanical engineering as his first area of study, and attended James Watt Technical School to get his bachelor’s. But he became interested in business and marketing, so he got his bachelor’s in that field from Strathclyde University and his MBA from Staffordshire University.

He put his technical expertise to work for IBM UK Limited for 17 years, and later took it with him to companies like QMS Management, Adaptec, Bezier Systems and other office equipment companies.

While he ran Imaging Technologies, he turned it into a full-scale service company with ongoing administrative support, installation technicians and proprietary software. Imaging Technologies also merged with SourceOne Group.

As CEO of the Dalrada Financial Corporation, Bonar started putting together comprehensive employee benefit packages. These include insurance plans, payroll and accounting services, tax compliance and services, 401k plans and other important functions.

As CEO of Trucept, he merged the company with Smart-Tek Automated Services to maximize efficiency and make tracking employee hours much easier. His PEO work also includes a stint at AMS Outsourcing, a company providing transportation and logistical services to other businesses.

Brian Bonar is also buying restaurants in the San Diego area and turning them into quality bistros and cuisines. One place he bought out was Bellamy’s in Escondido, a well-known restaurant with multi-cultural menus that’s a favorite of many visitors.

He’s also been putting work into the Ranch at Bandy Canyon, turning it into a vacation place with a lot of fun and tasty dining. Bonar has assembled quite a team to manage these restaurants, including an award-winning Master Chef of France, Patrick Ponsaty.

Between being the CEO of many of businesses, and investing a lot of time into his small restaurant empire, Bonar has his hands full.

James Dondero Joins Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Board

The President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management company, James Dondero, has been appointed as an Executive Board Member of the University of Southern Methodist (SMU) Business Cox School. James Dondero’s position as a board member expands the strong commitment Highland Capital Management has with the University of Southern Methodist.

This includes the Highland Capital Management Scholars Tower endowment. This is the program that encourages academic achievements and recognizes professional pursuits in the public policy. For this reason, Highland Capital Management has a strong commitment towards the George W. bus Presidential Museum and Library.

According to James Dondero, the Cox Business School at the University of Southern Methodist contributed in a great way to the business community in Highland Capital Management and Dallas at large. We are the primary beneficiaries of the business school. Therefore, we give all it takes to develop a better world for our children and us. James Dondero also said that he is thrilled with this opportunity to assist with excellent initiatives and numerous growths underway.

The Cox School of business under the Southern Methodist University consists of more than 100 appointed members of the community. Most of the members are non-academics business people.

The Board of Executive Members meets three times in a year. Moreover, Dondero is also the leader of Highland Capital Management, a chairman at NexBank, a chairperson at NexPoint Residential Trust, CCS Medical, and Cornerstone Healthcare. He is also a board member of the MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital.

Highland Capital Management Company is registered with the Securities Exchange Commission as an investment advisor. The company, together with its partners and affiliates, has more than $16 billion under investment. In 1993, James founded the company together with his partner Mark Okada.

It has specialization in long-only funds, hedge funds, credit strategies, special-situation and distresses equities, lending strategies, and CLOs. The company also offers alternative investment opportunities which include funds of funds, financial institutions, foundations, endowments, and the high-net-worth individuals.

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