Restaurant Equipment Consultants

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Professional Career Experience

After graduating from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington with an A.A.S. Degree in Culinary Arts, Lynn began his Foodservice career working for Sky Chef, a firm owned by American Airlines at the time. He worked Three years in the Flight Kitchen preparing meals for the various flights that were departing daily. He also cooked in the upscale dining room that they owned at the time. Lynn later went to work for the Dublin House Restaurant in the Georgia Pacific building in downtown Portland cooking for the dining room. At that point he became interested in selling Restaurant Equipment.

In 1972 Lynn began a long career working for Brodie Hotel Supply in Portland, Oregon.

His first Restaurant installation was the Edelweiss Inn in Vancouver, Washington.

Brodie Hotel Supply in the early 1980’s became Brodie/Dohrmann and was later purchased by S.E. Rycoff where Lynn was trained to sell not only equipment but also Groceries to his Restaurant customers. At one point in his career Lynn was involved in the opening of the very first McCormick and Schmick’s on S.W. 2nd and Oak in Downtown Portland. He also was involved in the opening of the Harborside Restaurant another McCormick and Schmick property. During this period of time Lynn met Tom Melart who at the time was considered the best Restaurant Equipment salesperson in Oregon. Tom mentored Lynn for three years teaching him Restaurant Design. Lynn and Tom became lifelong friends until Tom’s passing in 2010.

In 1987 Lynn went to work for Bar Supply Brokerage a Redistributor of Restaurant and Bar supplies selling to Restaurant Equipment Dealers, Oregon State Liquor stores, Cash & Carry stores and Broad-line Distributors such as S.E.Rycoff, F.S.A. and Sysco.

Unfortunately B.S.B. as it was later called went out of business in late 1999 and Lynn returned to Restaurant Equipment sales. Lynn went to work for Johnson’s Restaurant Supply, working for Jim Johnson who has excellent equipment knowledge. Jim taught Lynn the right questions to ask when selling equipment to get right equipment based on Menu and space limitations. Jim is very detailed in his approach and that rubbed off on Lynn to be the same way. Jim and Lynn have remained friends to this day and when Jim retired and closed his store he referred all of his customers to Lynn saying “We think alike”.

 
In 2003 Lynn went to work for Pitman Restaurant Equipment helping the firm establish itself as a real force in the Restaurant Equipment industry in Portland. During his tenure at Pitman’s before retiring in 2012, he was involved in many new Restaurant installations as the Contract salesman for the company. Lynn’s long career serving the Foodservice industry continues today in the Restaurant consulting business, being able to bring many years of experience and contacts to help Restaurant owners succeed.

Lynn with Jim Johnson, Retired
Johnson's Restaurant Supply
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