EAT (Executive-at-the-Table) meetings provide a unique opportunity for TMP students to enjoy a casual lunch or afternoon refreshments and conversation with an engaging and influential entrepreneur or executive. Within this intimate setting our mentor share business advice and anecdotes from their own experience.
Mr. Habermann is president of Scobrett Associates, a venture capital and consulting firm. Mr. Habermann was formerly president and CEO of The Restaurant Enterprises Group, Inc., an Irvine, California-based company that owned and operated over 600 restaurants and was one of California's largest privately held corporations, with sales in excess of $1 billion. The company was sold in 1994.
Before forming The Restaurant Enterprises Group, Mr. Habermann spent 20 years as an executive in the restaurant business. He was chief operating officer of H. Salt Fish and Chips (which was sold to Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1969); executive vice president, Kentucky Fried Chicken; president and chief operating officer of Collins Foods International and Denny's; and then president and CEO of Carrows Restaurants, Inc.
Mr. Habermann received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1955 and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate College in 1967. Prior to entering the business world, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He is chairman of the board of the Fine Host Corporation, an institutional food-service provider, and serves on a number of other corporate and civic boards.
Mr. Habermann and his wife, Jane, reside in Santa Barbara. Mr. Habermann has been a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation since 1986 and served as chair for the 1996-97 year.