Professional References

Chris Snyder
President at TAPS Fish House & Brewery / The Catch / Lillie’s Q (Brea)

Michael understands the meaning of parternship and synergy. His ability to communicate, his follow-up and follow-through and his integrity lead me to the recommendation of this individual.

Chris was Michael J’s client

Olivier Gosse
Director of Sales at RRT USA – Restaurant Revolution Technologies – Western Region.

Michael brought both a great deal of organization and structure to the Los Angeles Sales department. His tenacity and great attention to detail have helped all of us attain better overall results. I am certain that wherever Michael lands he will contribute outstanding results to that Organization. Michael’s marketing skills are not only transferrable to any other POS or Automation company but to any business Organization in the Marketplace.

Olivier reported to Michael J at Radiant Systems /Acquired by NCR

Jeff Daniel, M.A.
Senior Account Executive at Lexipol

Michael is a hands-on, detail oriented sales manager who always has his colleagues and customers best interests in mind. Michael has a proven ability to overcome obstacles and is very process oriented. The level of Michael’s committment to the company is impressive to say the least.

Jeff worked directly with Michael J at Radiant Systems /Acquired by NCR

Nic Wilkinson
Customer Care Specialist at vRide, Inc.

Michael has a brilliant personality and always uses it to develop better personal relationships, which is why he is respected almost immediately by those he comes in contact with. His attention to detail and ability to prioritize/address the important issues for his sales team has always had a supernatural aura about it. I recommend Michael because he has a desire to excel personally and influences others to do the same.

Nic worked indirectly for Michael J at Radiant Systems /Acquired by NCR

Ed Herrera
VP Sales at SDCR Business Systems

Michael Rutherford is the hardest working man in America! His attention to detail is extraordinary; his loyalty to his position and his company is unquestionable. Although he was subordinate to me, he taught me many things about the sales and business development processes. If anyone wants an employee who is not afraid to express his opinion, who will run through a wall for you, who will implement your company objectives, do not waiver and do not delay; HIRE THIS MAN!

Ed managed Michael J at SDCR Business Systems/ Reseller for Radiant Systems

Cristal Ghitman
San Diego Area Sales Manager at SDCR Business Systems

Michael Rutherford has been a significant mentor to me in the field of restaurant POS technology and Operations and I recommend him as a valuable asset to any company. He is one of the most task-oriented and focused people I have ever worked with, and excels in doing all due diligence in order to effectively and successfully reach goals and win sales. Michael understands the nuances of doing business and combines that with his years in the field to bring a unique and acute perspective to every process. His inherent drive and competitive nature means that a solution is always possible, the answer is always yes, and he will always see things through to the very end.

Cristal reported to Michael J at SDCR Business Systems/ Reseller for Radiant Systems

Tyler Dow
Consultant, Restaurant and Bar Operations

Michael is the definitive example of the Sales Manager: he is a remarkable trainer and manager of his supervised personnel; he is a systems guru; he is encyclopedic in his knowledge of the hospitality business; he is a motivator and leader-by-example; and he consistently goes far beyond the ‘bare minimum’ in ensuring the success of his employees and his employers. His work ethic is nothing short of extraordinary.

Michael was my mentor and guide as I entered into a wholly new area of our business – sales. Through his efforts I emerged (I like to think!) as a confident, capable and effective member of the SDCR team. I have found myself quoting him as I have moved forward in my career, as a manager of personnel myself.

I dare say he would be a valued asset not only to those that employ him, but also to those that he supervises. I would be happy to work with him again, and will look forward to our paths crossing in the future, professionally or socially.

Tyler reported to Michael J at SDCR Business Systems/ Reseller for Radiant Systems

Josh Levy
Account Executive Enterprise Sales at OpenTable

My name is Josh Levy and I had the pleasure of working under Michael Rutherford for over a year. When I first entered into the world of outside sales, I had no prior sales experience. Through Michael’s tutalidge I was able to learn processes, techniques, and orginizational skills that I will take with me throughout my career. I look forward to my continued relationship with Michael and know that I will be able to call upon him for advise both in work and life. He will be a great asset for any company lucky enough to have him.

Josh reported to Michael J at SDCR Business Systems/ Reseller for Radiant Systems

Gabriel Duran
Project Manager at SDCR Business Systems

I had the pleasure of working for Michael as an outside sales executive. He is an excellent teacher and motivator; I was able to learn a lot from him. Michael will successfully accomplish any project that he takes on. I highly recommend Michael.

Gabriel reported to Michael J at SDCR Business Systems/ Reseller for Radiant Systems

Robert Reardon
Corporate New Business Development Manager at HME

Michael is simple an all around good guy and a true expert in the hospitality space. I would highly recommend him to any restaurant, club or hotel owner in need of process and or technology improvements.

Robert worked directly with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Mark LeMay
President Double Line Solutions, inc.

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael at Jadeon. Michael is an incredibly passionate sales manager that excels in working with and mentoring sales professionals. He works very hard to stay on top of the POS industry trends. I would highly recommend Michael for any sales leadership position.

Mark managed Michael J indirectly at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Bill Beltz
Vice President – Hosted Solutions at NCR Corporation

I’ve had the benefit of working with Michael for several years. He has tireless enthusiasm and work ethic. Michael is also a master of the sales process, and has always ensured that he and his sales teams understand their client’s businesses first and present the right solutions second.

Bill was with another company when working with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Rachel Richards
Principal at Channel Focused Group

Michael Rutherford has a passion for the sales process and consultative sales approach that raises the bar in the industry. His attention to detail and ability to add process to the fundamentals are second to none. He understands the hard work it takes to make selling easy.

Rachel was a consultant or contractor to Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Evan Kenville
VP Training & Technology, Tilted Kilt Franchise Operations

Michael was a great co-worker and teammate. He is very detail oriented and demonstrates excellent customer managment skills.

Evan worked with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Nick Radcliffe, PMP
Manager, Transit Division & Product Development

I had the pleasure to work with Michael during my employment with Jadeon. Michael was a sales manager for the greater S.F. Bay area while I was a sales representative in Southern California. From my first interaction with Michael, I was impressed most notably with his depth of knowledge and his commitment not only to the POS industry but to individual clients as well. Michael is very disciplined and manages the entire sales process most proficiently. I believe than he is genuinely concerned about finding the best solution for a prospective client showing integrity and depth of character that can sometimes be difficult to find.

Nick worked with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Rusty Rudzik

Michael was instrumental in helping to build the client base in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rusty worked with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Angela Votta
Director at Card Marketing Services

When it comes to sales, Michael is a rare breed. He’s bright and persuasive, but he’s also a class act both personally and professionally. He gets behind products he believes in, but won’t push something if he knows it’s not in the client’s best interest. We have worked together to assist several of his POS customers and his follow-up has been impeccable. If you’re looking for someone to build a long-term business relationship with, Michael is the person to work with.

Angela was with another company when working with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Rusty Smith
Owner LDS Capital LLC

I have worked with Michael over the course of 7 or 8 years and he has shown nothing but professionalism. We had a working relationship Michael and I and he would always bring his accounts to me for any potential finanancing and he was always attentitive to the needs of his customers. He was a very detailed oriented person. I would recommend Michael for any potential position that would require interaction with your customer base.

Best regards,
Rusty Smith

Rusty was with another company when working with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Olivier Gosse
Director of Sales at RRT USA – Restaurant Revolution Technologies – Western Region.

I can confirm the fact that Michael is deeply rooted within the Hospitality Industry and brings much expertise in many areas. His operational background provides him with the ability to address any POS issue that presents itself and apply his overall knowledge to any issue at hand. Michael is extremely focused and determined to find solutions on a consistent basis as well as project situations in the future. His enthusiasm is always contagious and that makes him a Leader on many different levels. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael and I would recommend him to any POS or Automation-type organization.

Olivier worked directly with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Lesa Barber
Technical Support Manager at NCR Corporation

Michael is a hard working, dedicated individual. He pays close attention to detail and delivers unsurpassed customer service. He would be a great asset to any one he works for or with.

Lesa Barber

Lesa worked with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant Systems

Joel Snyder

I’ve worked with Michael on numerous accounts and I have always found him to be responsible and professional in his approach to business. He is excellent with follow up and driving the sale to a close. He also is well respected by those people he manages.

Joel was with another company when working with Michael J at Jadeon Inc. /Acquired by Radiant System


Leadership and Developing Diversity



As it is within these important points our work needs to continue.

  1. There is a need for more African-American chefs, writers, bloggers, sommeliers and cicerones in the spotlight, where young people can be inspired by their success.
  2. African-American chefs in particular need to learn to market themselves.
  3. All too often chefs do not have the big budgets required to hire public relation firms to put them out in front of the public, so learning creative ways to get their name out is important.
  4. We should encourage ownership as an opportunity to become leaders in our industry and create jobs for other minorities.

As organizations invest more in communications for linking professionals with students of color in will enhance their education and provide career opportunities for advancement.

The mission should be to modernize the mentoring tools.

Creating connections that will lead to support systems and new ways of conceiving the way we learn, and the way we work, and how we integrate those things.

Open technology particularly Web 2.0 can contribute to leveling the playing field and increase the organizations professional services for mobile mentoring to a more diverse professional workforce. This could assist those who are looking for direction, advice and leadership while they are still in High School – or dropping out because they have no direction.

The needed succession planning tools could contribute to making sure the industry has well trained professionals who lead students that want to enter the hospitality industry/culinary arts and perhaps want to become educators.


The certification programs of today have world class content. As does the recent NRAEF Food and Beverage Service Competency Model shown on the Competency Model Clearinghouse website.



Organizations working together providing membership with collaborative transparent communication tools to automate the competency certification, accreditation and assessing process.

The benefits could increase the member’s participation and success with coaching students with a mobile application with real-time steps, performance path plans and teaching real life skills. Most importantly replicating what works in those communities that need the most help.



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Most organizations have standards and career development content & best practices, although may not have the technology to manage them.

Industry communications can be augmented to enhance the Apprenticeship programs in America when working with private social networks and within support teams, workgroups, and partnerships.

Ways to create and market our professional portfolios as a mechanism to communicate within these groups. 

Ways to enhance the communications between organizations with ad-hoc work requirements that are managed by support teams to assist us in time of need.

The purpose is to mentor those who are transitioning from high school to industry jobs, and from life changing experiences to better conditions – to prospective employers, and throughout our careers. 

Together we can have a well diverse workforce leading our industry!

I believe it starts with working with Today’s Students — Tomorrow’s Leaders!


As a registered ACF apprentice cook in 1977-78. I was signed up by Robert H. Nelson, CEC, CCE, AAC and mentored by Chef Larry Farhat at the Spring Lake Country Club and Mr. Jim Singerling, CCM, HAAC, HBOT.

It was the same year that Chef Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC, W GMC, AAC, HOF, Dr. L.J. Minor, Chef Louis I. Szathmary and Lt. Gen. John D. McLaughlin were successful working with the Department of Labor in elevating the status of Chef from the “Services” to the “Professional” category.

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