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About Tilman Fertitta
Through his restaurant and hospitality company Landry's, Fertitta owns more than 600 properties in 36 states and in over 15 countries. He is also one of the largest employers in the nation with more than 60,000 employees. His restaurants include more than 60 different restaurant brands and award winning concepts such as Mastro's Steakhouse, Morton's The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, Chart House, Landry's Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Joe's Crab Shack and McCormick & Schmick's. Additionally, Fertitta owns 50% of Catch Hospitality - one of Los Angeles', Las Vegas' and New York's most popular eateries.
He also owns and operates numerous gaming, hospitality and entertainment venues, including the iconic Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel brand, Houston's only AAA Five-Diamond Hotel - The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, The Kemah Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium Denver and Houston and Tower of The Americas in San Antonio.
In 2017, the star of the popular CNBC show "Billion Dollar Buyer", fulfilled a life-long dream and purchased his beloved hometown NBA team, the Houston Rockets for a record breaking $2.2 Billion.
An influential business figure, Fertitta debuted on the Forbes 400 list in 2012 and is frequently featured in the nation's top financial and industry publications. He is also a frequent guest of prominent national business and sports programs on networks like CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, ESPN and Fox. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in the restaurant, gaming, entertainment and hospitality industries and is slated to release his first business book "Shut up and Listen" with HarperCollins Publishers in fall of 2019.
Fertitta believes in the importance of giving back to the community and devotes a substantial amount of time to civic service and charitable organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board - Houston Police Foundation, Chairman of the Board - Houston Children's Charity and is currently serving his sixth year as Chairman of the Board of Regents - University of Houston. In 2016, Fertitta contributed $20 million dollars to fund the University of Houston Basketball team's arena which opened in December 2018. He is on the Executive Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is one of the nation's largest charitable organizations.
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For entrepreneurs ready to reach the next level of success, small business owner turned multibillionaire Tilman Fertitta shares the commonsense principles that have rocketed his worldwide hospitality empire to the top.
For aspiring entrepreneurs or people in business, this book will help you take your company to the next level. When you put this book down, you’ll know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong to operate your business, and if you’re just getting started, it will help set you up for success.
Tilman Fertitta, also known as the Billion Dollar Buyer, started his hospitality empire thirty years ago with just one restaurant. So he knows the challenges that business owners face, as well as the common pitfalls that cause them to go under. Over the years he’s stayed true to the principles that helped him scale his business to what is believed to be the largest single-shareholder company in America, with over $4 billion in revenue, including hundreds of restaurants (Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Morton’s Steakhouse, Mastro’s, The Chart House, Rainforest Café, and over forty more restaurant concepts) and five Golden Nugget Casinos. He’s also sole owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. In Shut Up and Listen!, he shares the key insights that made it all possible.
When entrepreneurs appear on Billion Dollar Buyer, the biggest obstacles they often face are ones they don’t suspect: not knowing your numbers, not knowing your strengths and weaknesses, or not being willing to go that extra mile with your customers. Fertitta has seen it all. He knows that what you aren’t paying attention to can either sink your business or become the very things that launch you to the top. As Fertitta says:
“You might think you know what you’re doing, but I’m going to show you what you don’t know.”
Fertitta shares straight-talk “Tilmanisms” around six key action items that any entrepreneur can adopt today:
- Be the Bull
- No Spare Customers
- Change, Change, Change
- Know Your Numbers
- Follow the 95/5 Rule
- Take No Out of Your Vocabulary
A groundbreaking, no-holds-barred book, Shut Up and Listen! offers practical, hard-earned wisdom from one of the most successful business owners in the world.