The spirit and entrepreneurial mastermind behind the breakfast klub and Reggae Hut Café, Marcus Davis is best known for his charismatic personality, authentic customer appreciation and his tireless commitment to the communities he serves.
Applying “community” as his guiding principle in his business and personal life, he has created one of the most phenomenal restaurant success stories in the country.
The concept for the breakfast klub was born after Davis, a native Houstonian, recognized a void in the market for a unique breakfast restaurant serving signature items in a soulful, relaxed community environment. He chose two of his favorite dishes from opposite ends of the country -- “Katfish & Grits” from the East Coast and “Wings & Waffles” from the West Coast… and the rest is history.
Since opening in September of 2001, the breakfast klub has become a top tourist attraction, as well as the local favorite breakfast spot, lining up droves of cheerful patrons on a daily basis. It consistently receives rave reviews, including recognition as the best breakfast in the country by Good Morning America USA Today, Esquire Magazine, and Forbes Magazine. Locally, the breakfast klub is touted by the Houston Press as the 2011 Readers Choice for “Best Breakfast,” winner of the 2011 My Table Magazine Culinary Award for “Favorite Breakfast” and “Best Of Citysearch 2011” winner in the breakfast category.
The Reggae Hut, a longstanding staple in Houston’s Third Ward community, specializes in authentic, mouthwatering Caribbean specialties; it also fills a niche in Houston’s growing ethnic community. The restaurant served as a considerable inspiration to Davis during the breakfast klub’s formative years, helping to hone his skills as an entrepreneur, business owner and award-winning restaurateur.
The successes of the restaurants have led to the development of branded consumer products for the home that include the breakfast klub “koffees”, along with a “Waffle & Pankake Mix” and “Soulful and Savory Seasoning Mix,” with others currently in development.
Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Texas Southern University, a graduate degree in Education Administration at Prairie View A&M and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is the host of the weekly radio show “Sunday Morning Live” on Radio One‘s KMJQ 102 FM, and is a highly sought-after business and motivational speaker. He credits his success to keeping God first and having the continuing support of his family. Not surprisingly, he places a special emphasis on spending time with his four “beautiful girls” -- wife Mel, mother Betty, and two daughters Lundyn Cymone and Bailey Harrell, as well as son Joshua Raymond.
Creating an environment that produces satisfied customers and happy, productive employees is essential to the success of any business that relies on interpersonal dynamics. Attitude is a “top down” game and employees feed on the energy and emotions of their managers and supervisors. For over a decade, Marcus Davis has been motivating a staff whose varying degrees of experience and education require a personalized approach to training and problem solving. In this information-packed presentation, Marcus shares his secrets for keeping things upbeat, on track, and headed for triumph.
Marcus knows both success and setback, and his journey from the ranks of the unemployed to the position of employer, required drive, diligence and determination. When his professional relationship with his employer in the food service industry went from “gold to rust” in a matter of moments, Davis found himself out of work and fighting the downward spiral of doubt and self-pity. His impressive rise to prominence in the business and cultural communities can serve as a model to business professionals who encounter challenges they must confront and conquer. This is a personal story, with advice and counsel of interest to a variety of audiences.
Since the dawn of civilized societies, business enterprises and the communities that support them have been partners, and not just by happenstance. The discovery of best farming and manufacturing practices, the invention of tools, and the orchestration of economic systems and the laws that govern them are all products of a cooperative exchange between business people and they people they serve. Building a spirit of community, and forging a partnership between local residents and his businesses, are hallmarks of the entrepreneurship preached and practiced by Marcus. Using his proven practices, he believes that any business community can embrace, educate, and inspire the people whose share these interests.
Entrepreneurship -- Discover the distinction of successful entrepreneurship. Develop your foundation into finance, using your skills and talents as an important marker for your own business. Marcus shares his insights on business development, growth strategies and connecting to the community.
Kustomer Service -- The team makes the dream work and exceptional customer focus is the key. So, if “teamwork makes the dream work”, you will want to mirror the winning culture that Marcus has developed along with his winning strategies to keep customer service at the forefront of his operations. Learn how to guide your team to operate at a level of pinnacle performance. Recognizing the internal and external customer is just one part of developing a winning culture, Marcus shares his strategies on getting and keeping customers.
Dreams to Reality -- Marcus relays the inspirational true life story of the ups and downs of his journey as a small business owner and restaurateur. Discover how Davis determined how his dream could develop into a reality as he engages both small and large groups with discernment on how to reach your destiny