VENUE: Woodruff Arts Center
ADDRESS: 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
I need to disconnect. There's too much noise in my head. I am burning out. I need space to rethink everything. I need a hard reset.
Exhaustion is like dehydration—when you feel it, you've gone too far.
So we finally cave in and heed the words of people who've found their centers again: take a trip into nature, go for walks, unplug completely.
The challenge with restarting is that we often save it for the end rather than creating pockets throughout our weeks where we prioritize reflection and solitude.
Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed. It's refreshing and feeds greater intention and momentum into our creative endeavors.
If you find yourself feeling like you're on a treadmill with an invisible hand increasing the velocity, remind yourself: only you have the power to get off and recalibrate.
Federico Castellucci III is the President and CEO of Castellucci Hospitality Group. Federico has been working in the restaurant business his entire life, holding his first job as an eleven-year-old in a bakery in Rhode Island. Soon after as a teenager he began working in the family business holding various roles in the kitchen including cook and kitchen manager before heading to college.
Federico studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University and while away he partnered with his father and consulted on new restaurant openings for his family back home in Atlanta. Upon graduation he assumed the reigns of the family business and since 2007 changed the direction of the company from a single unit mom-and pop-operation to a multi-unit, multi-concept restaurant group.
As President and CEO, Federico is responsible for high-level operations and leadership development and training. In addition, he makes all of the company’s growth decisions – where and how to expand, as well as concept research and origination. Federico is focused on building and implementing systems across the restaurant group that streamline operations and improve communication. While working on the business takes most of his daytime focus, Federico spends time in the restaurants during the evening hours building customer relationships and developing employee talent.
In addition to his roles within the company, Federico serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Restaurant Association. In August of 2018, Federico was awarded the “Restaurateur of the Year” award during the GRACE Awards hosted by Georgia Restaurant Association, in addition to the 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle Small Business Person of the Year award and Forty Under 40. He is actively involved as a mentor, advisor and investor in early stage hospitality technology companies.