"Restaurants, Caterers, Hotels and Country Clubs just don't spend enough
time training their Waiters (m/f). What a crime! The Waiter is the best
salesperson in the hospitality industry" says Service Guru, Ian Maksik.
Mr. Maksik is trying to alleviate the situation. He owns the Ian B.
Maksik School of Table Service, the only school of its kind in the
country. It's his goal to standardize service in America so that service
is performed one way, the right way. Mr. Maksik is a renowned
professional trainer, lecturer and motivatational speaker for the
hospitality industry. He travels the country teaching the ARt and
Science of Service to owners of food facilities, their staff, college
students needing to become servers in order to work their way through
college and hosts and hostesses wishing to improve their entertaining
skills in home or office. He teaches corporate prototcol to executives
in the office and trains household staff (maids and butlers) to perform
the percise principles of proper etiquette at home. Mr. Maksik opened a
dozen food-facilities and has corrdinated over 17,000 weddings and
thousands of high-profile events. He has become the household name for
service tricks-of-the-trade. His peers and students affectionately call
him "Professor Service". Mr. Maksik is a Cornell Hotel School graduate
and former Catering Editor of the CUEmagazine. He comes from a show-biz
background. His family owned the largest nightclub, the 3000 seat, Ben
Maksik's Town & Contry Club in Brooklyn. Imagine serving 7200 covers on
a typical Saturday night and hosting 27 weddings at one time on a a
Sunday. Talk about having a la carte and banquet experience, he's had 41
years of both.
Mr. Maksik trains hundreds of neophytes in the ARt & Science of
Service every year. He then places them in temporary and permanent
positions in the hospitality industry through his licensed employment
In his spare time, "Professor Service" works for Project Waiter, Inc. He
initiated this organization to jump-start train needy people for
entry-level positions in the hopsitality industry. This year, Mr. Maksik
is looking forward to his "Train-the-Trainer Seminar Series" and the
airing of his radio show, "Hospitality". "86"