Brett Rainwater

Senior Recruiter | Pinnacle Billers Member - Chicago, IL

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About Brett:

Brett Rainwater joined Goodwin Recruiting in June 2018. Brett started in the hospitality industry like many others, as a dishwasher, working for his father in San Diego, CA. Brett knew that the restaurant business was in his blood at a young age and that it was his destiny.

In 1984, Brett moved back to San Diego and helped open Rainwater's on Kettner with his parents. In 1987, he got out of the family business and began a position with Carlos Murphy's, working with them until 1994. In 1994, Brett returned to Mercedes Restaurants as a General Manager. After opening a new concept with the company, he was promoted to one of two Area Directors for the company. In 2000, Brett was promoted to Vice President of Operations and helped oversee multiple restaurants and concepts.

Mercedes Restaurants was one of the first Franchisees of Famous Dave's. Brett opened the first Famous Dave's in 2000 in Bloomington, IL, and in 2001 helped open the second location in Mishawaka, IN. He was asked to be on the first Franchise Advisory Board in 2002 and was honored to help shape the brand.

In 2004, Brett was offered a position with FDA as an Area Director in the Chicago market. He held that position until 2008, when he was promoted to the Director of Operations of the Midwest. In October of 2013, Brett was assigned as a Territory Director for the Franchise community, overseeing restaurants in the Midwest. Additionally, in 2013, Brett was promoted to Executive Director of Operations, overseeing both Franchise and Company Operations.

Brett's Achievements in Restaurant Operations include:

  • Franchise Advisory Board Member Famous Dave's of America 2002 – 2004
  • 9 time President Club/Ring of Fire Award Recipient 2005 – 2013
  • Member of the Guest Experience Team 2009 – 2012
  • Member of the Voice of the Guest Team 2011
  • 2012 Finalist for the Spirit of the Flame Award

Regular Hours of Operation - (CDT) Chicago Time

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Monday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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