We caught up with alumnus Howard “Howie” Kleinberg ’94, in North Miami, Florida. A Bath, Maine graduate, you can now find Howie serving up mouthwatering dishes that have been featured on popular reality TV shows. We asked him our four questions:
Describe your career path.
I opened my restaurant, Bulldog BBQ in 2008, and I’ve been a contestant on Top Chef and BBQ Pit Masters.
Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?
Leadership sticks out to me the most when I think about the words and principles of Hyde, especially in my line of business. I need to be a model for others and I embrace the “put up or shut up” motto. I want to get the best out of others, professionally speaking. There are times that I have to take a leap of faith and give the benefit of the doubt.
Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
Gary Kent, Jeff Kent, and Don MacMillan were huge influences on me. They gave me the quintessential “bear hug and kick in the pants.”
What advice might you give to a Hyde student?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks or make mistakes. These challenges teach you that you can do anything.
You can also read an interview with Howie on the Huffington Post.
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