Can you imagine feeling well rested, clear headed, and confident leaving your livelihood in the hands of a self-directed team?

What We’re All About

Awakened Hospitality is a specialized consultancy offering coaching, mentoring, training, and development to service leaders and business owners.  We stand on a foundation of diverse, real life experiences that inspire us to offer grassroots guidance focused on the individual needs of each client partner.

Our Manifesto

We lead a movement of workplace culture transformation to create healthy communities of people who rest on the foundation of trust, belonging, value, and meaning. A culture of connection encourages people to bring the best of themselves to work, fall in love with why they work, and grow personally to contribute more to the people they serve. When an organization grows because it’s people are growing in a supportive environment where employee and business vision coexists, a state of Awakened Hospitality is created. We have experienced that community based businesses are a powerful force for doing good in the world. We dream of an ever expanding collection of uniquely branded, personally crafted, and diverse people groups led by a new generation of awakened and inspired leaders. When work satisfies a sense of trust, the feeling of belonging, a desire to be valued, and the longing for meaning it produces happy, empathetic and engaged people. Sharing in the experience of serving others and delivering the promise of a caring organization is emotionally and financially fulfilling. Being a part of good work with great purpose is deeply satisfying and answers one of life’s great questions. Have I made a difference in the lives of others and left the world a little better because I was here?

We see the primary product of hospitality as human connection and recognize a vast majority of perceived problems are actually people problems in disguise.

What Our Clients and Co-Creators Are Saying

  • “We worked hard to never just train another line cook, server, or dishwasher,
    but rather to help people understand that a day at work could be a positive and fulfilling experience.”

    Donald Barickman –  Former Executive Chef / Founding Partner – Magnolias Uptown / Down South
  • “He has helped us heal relational conflicts as partners and gain alignment with the core team responsible for our success.
    He has been a trusted guide, a listening ear and a source of wisdom at times we needed it the most.”


    Ryan Turner – Founder Muss & Turner’s / Partner – Unsukay Concepts
  • I am confident Chris’ new consulting venture will provide great value to hospitality leaders
    seeking to develop their organization’s culture for greater success


    Robby Kukler – Partner – Fifth Group Restaurants – Atlanta, GA
  • Chris has always been, what I consider, a visionary. He demonstrated to me how to make others feel special,
    important to a cause and that what they were contributing made all of the difference


    Chris Brandt – Culinary Director of Restaurants Wegmans Food Markets