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Dave Scholten

Former Managing Partner for Outback Steakhouse

Dave Scholten

Dave Scholten started his professional career in food service while in high school. The first half of his career was working for independent operations from East Lansing, MI, to Minneapolis, MN, to Washington, DC, and back to Michigan. He then gained national chain experience including a Managing Partner for Outback Steakhouse, GM positions with the Frankenmuth Brewing Company, Edwardo’s Natural Deep Dish Pizza, Cracker Barrel, and a multi-unit supervisor’s position for Big Apple Bagels, Big Boy, and Bennigan’s. He then worked for Gordon Food Service marketing team in Grand Rapids, MI, as the commercial segment manager, helping the GFS’s customers get the tools and solutions they needed to increase sales and control costs.

Dave has been a practitioner of the Great Game of Business® since 1994 and became a coach for The Great Game of Business in 2013.

Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University with an MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, in finance and marketing.

Dave is married to a school teacher and has a son and a daughter. He is an Eagle Scout, a Junior Achievement volunteer, certified food safety and alcohol instructor w/ the National Restaurant Association, and is certified in Red Cross CPR and lifeguarding.

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