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Business Students Learn About Business Management

The business students at the Charlottesville Campus recently explored the business world of Vinny's Grill and Pizzeria in Charlottesville.  The students met with Alex Diaz, partner and general operations manager. 

Mr. Diaz conducted a thorough tour that included the management style and organizational philosophy, along with the importance of Vinny’s mission statement and goals.  He explained the everyday business operations of planning, staffing, personnel, competition, customer service, purchasing, working with vendors, how to successfully operate/manage their business and how to handle the various obstacles he may face daily.  Mr. Diaz explained that the goal for Vinny's Pizza was to produce the best possible food they could at a value unmatched by other quality restaurants in the area. 

Through the overall experience, students learned firsthand about the effective and efficient management and leadership methods that have proven to be effective at Vinny’s.  This opportunity gave the students the chance to see how the theory they were learning in Bill Griffin’s Principles of Management class had professional application.

“The manager at Vinny’s took time to talk to us about how the pizza business works,” said student Julia John.   Julia recounted these duties that include recruiting, orienting, and training employees; preparing an annual budget; scheduling; maintaining quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards; and maintaining professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops. 

Bill Griffin of the Charlottesville Campus took his Principles of Management class to Vinny’s Grill and Pizzeria to dine and to learn.

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