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We sat down with BrewDog Managing Director, David Mcdowall this is what he had to say!

Q. Tips that have made you a success?

A. I was once told that you learn who your very best people are when times are tough and things aren’t going according to plan. That stuck with me and gives me a clear indication of how resilient and determined my team are.

Q. How did you get into the sector?

A. I worked in the pub industry during university and was absolutely hooked from the word go.

Q. What is your career high?

The performance of our incredible team at BrewDog in 2018!

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

A. We will pass the 100 site mark at some point in 2019 and it feels like a really major milestone for our business. Aside from that my plans are to continue to lead the BrewDog team with our mission of making other people as passionate about craft beer as we are, at the very core of our decision making.

Q. What advice would you give to people keen to progress in the industry?

A. I would tell them that hospitality businesses have a massive track record of completely over complicating this business. Therefore, it is always critical to remember that the magical transaction between team member and customer is the only reason that we are all in business.

Q. What question do you always ask in interviews?

A. “What are you like when things go horribly wrong?”

Q. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

A. I wouldn’t answer any of them! I get far more done by being in our sites and interacting directly with our teams face to face or over the phone. If I had 2000 unread emails I’d be very upset at my team for spending far too much time writing emails……..

Q. How do you motivate others?

A. I try and ensure that we lead our teams with the WHY behind all of our decision making. Aside from that I try and ensure that every decision that we make has a clear link to our mission and that the team can see that.

Q. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

A. A number of people in my career and personal life have inspired me, but the recurring theme from all of them seems to be a steadfast refusal to take no for an answer!

Q. What’s the worst thing about your current job and what’s the best?

A. Worst thing is my now encyclopaedic knowledge of airports all over the world. Best thing is the positivity and passion from our team and our community that I encounter daily.Q. What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you must will yourself not to do it?

Press the snooze button.