Apogee Awards Honorees: Aaron Abramoff
Meet Aaron Abramoff of The Restaurant People, an honoree in the Hospitality category at the 2020 Apogee Awards
Aaron Abramoff is the partner/chief financial officer The Restaurant People (TRP). In his role, Abramoff is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the business as well as financial details of each individual store and is also involved in planning the future growth of the business. A born leader, Abramoff has been a part of TRP for more than a decade, driven by a passion for the managerial side of operations.
Fun fact: I went to a Jewish Day school until eight grade.
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? That’s a hard question for someone who works in the industry. I think it’s based on the occasion, but my go-to would have to be Southport Raw Bar.
What do you like to do on weekends? I enjoy spending my free time with my family, usually boating or doing anything outdoors.
How do you unwind from a long day at work? It may seem simple, but watching TV is how I unwind—just taking a few moments to focus on something non-work related.
What is your favorite quote? This quote actually sits on my desk and I read it every day: “There is no perfect business story. I believe that business is a lot like a world-class restaurant. When you peek behind the kitchen doors, the food never looks as good as when it comes to your table on fine china perfectly garnished. Business is messy and chaotic.” — Jack Welch
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? The people around me. The people I spend most of my time with—my partners and my family. They are truly the ones who keep inspiring me to do bigger and better things.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Taking on roles and responsibilities that I didn’t think I could accomplish. Each challenge that turned into a victory propelled me further in the growth of my career, and these obstacles became milestone achievements in my work.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? Before the times of having to navigate a pandemic in the hospitality business, running a night club posed several challenges. The hours of operation alone were intense at times. Having the best team in the business that truly worked together to support one another and who were dedicated to the success of the business made it possible to overcome any challenge.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Understand and appreciate the need to do small steps versus trying to jump to a big step. The small steps—the details—are just as important as the end goal and sometimes where you learn the most. Be meticulous and don’t risk missing something. Take your time and get it right.