Alex Walsh began working for Modmarket in late 2011 literally the day after moving from Oregon to Colorado. He did not know much about the concept, but he really enjoyed working in food service. During his orientation with now General Manager Jon Decker, Alex could tell “this was a special place to be” and knew he had made the right decision.
From supervisor to kitchen manager to assistant manager and just recently to training coordinator, Alex worked up within the Modmarket ranks and is now part of the central support team as of April 2014.
How did he do it? What advice does he have for others interested in growing with Modmarket? And what, after all these years, is his favorite Modmarket meal? Read on to learn more about Training Coordinator Alex Walsh:
Q: What do you like best about your new position?
A: It allows for a different type of brain exercise. Getting to look at many different parts of our company and how they all relate to each other while not deal with a crazy lunch rush every day is amazing. Getting to be on the front lines of tightening up our systems for developing the great people we find is very rewarding.
Q: What do you like best about working at Modmarket?
A: The constant state of change and evolution. I remember talking with Co-founder Anthony Pigliacampo back in 2012, and he said that if we were not willing to change anything and everything about how we do things we would have never opened a second location. It is really great to work for a company that encourages its employees to reflect on how and why we do the things we do and voice our opinions. And it is all in the spirit of making things better.
Q: What do you think makes Modmarket stand out among its competitors?
A: The amazing food is a no-brainer. But the team actually cares about the product they put out, whether it is the made-from-scratch food, the cleanliness of our restaurants, or the customer service. It is easy to do one of those things, but to put it all together and delivery the quality we do really sets us apart. The race is not even close when you compare Modmarket to other fast casual concepts.
Q: If another team member wanted to move up within the company, what advice would you give them?
A: Look at every day or shift as an opportunity. An opportunity to learn something new, get better at something you are already proficient at, or fail and learn from the failure. We only have so much that we can control, and if you take care of those things you will always be headed in the right direction.
Q: What is your favorite Modmarket meal?
A: The Thai Chicken sandwich, if I had to choose. It has spiciness, sweetness, great texture and peanut mango dressing. I always get an extra peanut mango dressing because one is never enough!
Q: What are your favorite off-duty activities?
A: I am a huge fan of stand-up comedy, especially live shows. I also am a basketball fan. Go Blazers! But sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. Just sit around, watch movies and veg out!
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “Chuck, I had a double burger!” Hands down, “Good Will Hunting”.
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: When I was twelve I wanted nothing more than to be a corporate lawyer. I had no idea what they did, but it sounded important. Either that, or a professional baseball player.