We had the good fortune of connecting with J.T. Meadows and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi J.T., have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Initially, I had no work-life balance and was spending 100+ hours a week “in the business”. This caused great stress on my mind, body and social/personal life in general. I realized that if I didn’t find a good balance I would probably go crazy… well, crazier.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are in a very competitive business and we’d like to think that we are the best. But, I have always taken the mindset of there being enough business for everyone to share. If we can’t accommodate a customers needs, I refer them to other similar businesses that we have aligned ourselves with. This has created a boomerang effect and gets us unexpected business in return. One other thing that also sets us apart a little is our staff. I believe in trusting your team, not ruling with a hammer. We have an awesome family/team that is given trust and respect. This, in return, creates an atmosphere of positivity that translates positivity to the customer.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In San Diego a week isn’t enough… I say we get the touristy stuff out of the way first (San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Hotel Del, etc)… Best View in the City: Top of the Hyatt Bar Then, we get on to the fun stuff… for me, that means food and beverage. Tacos: Oscars, Lucha Libre, South Beach, Taco Surf. Wings: Dirty Birds, Bub’s, Iron Pig. Burgers: Rocky’s, OffShore, Lahaina’s, Hodad’s. Eclectic/Fancier Dining: Juniper & Ivy, Ketner Exchange, Cloak & Petal, Manhattan of La Jolla, Cowboy Star, Herb & Wood, JRDN (Tower 23), Waterbar, Bencotto… the list could go forever! Want to pretend you are still in college? Rent a beach cruiser and make it a bar crawl day on Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. Bars and restaurants about as far as the eye could see. Then head down the boardwalk and do a sunset drink at Lahaina’s Beach House. If you are lucky, you’ll see SloMo rollerblading past you.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the support of my close friends and other professionals in the hospitality industry, I would not be able to succeed in this business… and I’d probably still be wearing a suit in an office.