by Corrinne Lennox
If you think the restaurant business is only about food, it depends upon whom you ask. According to Edgar Jimenez, newly appointed Manager of the Overlook restaurant, food is only the beginning.
“My job is about financial and legal management and, most of all, about human relations,” says Jimenez. Growing up in Bogota, Colombia, Edgar’s father was a businessman who owned a few farms outside of the city.
“I wasn’t sure, then, whether I wanted to follow a career in business or in medicine; I only knew I wanted to help others.”
Four members of Edgar’s family were physicians. In fact, when still quite young, one of those relatives disguised Edgar as an intern so that he could stand close by and watch him perform surgery.
Eventually, Edgar determined that he could choose a business profession and still be of service to others. He therefore began his four years of studies in Business and Hotels at University Externado de Colombia in Bogota. There, he was especially gratified to note the emphasis placed on human relations, as well as accounting and law.
Shortly after completing his studies, Edgar relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. For the next 35 years, he served as the General Manager at five different restaurants of progressively increasing quality, until recently contacted by a former colleague who is now a Riderwood employee.
After researching the company, Edgar was pleased with Riderwood’s values. “I was surprised to learn how talented and well-structured the company was,” he said. He was further impressed that his interviewer was so people-oriented.
At Riderwood, more than ever, Edgar says he is able to combine his passion for helping others with his expertise in business and restaurant management.