Restaurant Co-Owner, Bravo, Broad Street, Sal & Mookies
When you ask what role Millsaps has played in my career, you have to look at if from a subtle perspective. I received a degree in business administration and left completely prepared for a promising career with a Fortune 100 technology company. But seven years later, I teamed up with a business partner and we opened a restaurant. And then another. And another.
Business has been great, and I'm doing what I love. My Millsaps education helped me get here not by teaching me how to cook, but by teaching me to think critically and strategically. These two skills enabled me to literally make something out of nothing - turning an idea into a start-up business. The rigors of my liberal arts education, coupled with the case-study methodology of dissect, analyze, and report, outfitted me with the
life skills needed to be successful at an aggressive entrepreneurial undertaking.
There's another benefit to Millsaps that also stayed with me. At a small school, there is a level of interaction and involvement among students and professors that I don't think you get in a larger environment. You know everyone, and you have an opportunity to participate in a lot of things. That trait is still very much a part of my life, whether I'm getting involved in my favorite charities, working with restaurant trade associations, or
supporting causes like the ballet, crime prevention, and tourism. The energetic, participatory atmosphere I found at Millsaps has enabled me to become a more giving and substantial member of the community.
So, you may not learn the secrets of making a perfect Asiago sauce at Millsaps. But then again, maybe you'll find all the ingredients there to get where you want to go.
Jeff Good, B.A. 1986