Michael C. Gibbons is a successful restaurateur operating businesses in five states as the President and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Inc. (MSV). Gibbons is a dedicated advocate for the restaurant industry, as evidenced by his many past and present positions at the state and national level and through his philanthropic efforts.
Gibbons’ long-standing commitment to the restaurant industry is exemplified through his service as the immediate past chairman of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation 2014 and vice-chair from 2012-2014, vice-chairman of the National Restaurant Association Military Foundations’ Task Force 2010-2012, served on U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board 2012-2014, chairman of the Richard E. Marriott Save American Free Enterprise Golf Invitational 2010-2012, chairman of Real Estate Task Force 2010-2011, vice-chairman of the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation 2009, chairman of the National Restaurant Association 2009, and president of the Michigan Restaurant Association 1991-1993 during which time he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
In 2007, Gibbons spent a month visiting the United States Air Force dining facilities worldwide as a National Restaurant Association Hennessy Traveler. As a member of the four-man team, he helped evaluate the dining facilities to determine which base would win the coveted John L. Hennessy trophy.
In 2001, Gibbons was named the Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and has been nominated again in 2015.
Gibbons currently serves as an Honorary Faculty Member at Michigan State University, awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Foodservice from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers in 2011 and again in 2015, awarded Fellow at the Culinary Institute of America and in 2012 was awarded Honorary Alumnus of Michigan State University. Gibbons is also the 2015 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurant / Multi-Concept Operator category, and is a nominee for the Gold Plate award. The Ohio Restaurant Association nominated the Real Seafood Company in Toledo as one of the state of Ohio’s 2013 and 2015 Restaurant Good Neighbor Award winners and as a result, is nominated for consideration for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Good Neighbor National Award.
At the local community level in Toledo, Ohio, Gibbons serves on several boards including the Finance Committee for ProMedica Hospital and Lourdes University, and also serves as the chairman of the board for Kids Unlimited Toledo and co-chairman of the board for The Knight of the Vine Committee, at St. Francis de Sales High School.
As an entrepreneur, Gibbons is also co-founder and chairman of Imenutech (founded 2011). Their first product, Menuvative, was created when Gibbons could not find a solution that would give guests a better dining experience with more information about what they were ordering and address common challenges faced by restaurants such as strengthening operational efficiencies and profitability. As a new technology tool in the restaurant industry, Menuvative offers a comprehensive solution by creating an interactive menu experience that allows guests to selectively view photos and detailed menu information, also providing a platform for adherence to federal regulations from the Affordable Care Act that will require restaurants to provide nutritional information on menus. Menuvative allows for real-time menu changes, while eliminating the use of table top paper advertising clutter and incorporates Pairing Pro, an intricate, patented algorithm that mimics the logic behind the food and wine pairing process performed by sommeliers. MSV was nominated for the National Restaurant Associations’ Operators Innovator Award (2012) in recognition of continued advancement in technology for use of Imenutech’s Menuvative tablet menus.
As the current President and co-founder of MSV (since 1981), based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Gibbons has worked diligently to set standards in fine dining in the restaurant industry and the MSV restaurants including: Real Seafood Company (Ann Arbor, Mich., Toledo, Ohio, & Naples, Fla.), The Chop House (Ann Arbor, Mich., Grand Rapids, Mich., Annapolis, Md. & Charleston, W. Va.), Gratzi (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Carson’s American Bistro (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Palio (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Zia’s (Toledo, Ohio), Ciao! (Sylvania, Ohio), EO Burgers (Beavercreek, Ohio), Revolution Grille (Toledo, Ohio), Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill (Ft. Myers, Fla.) , Tidewater Grill (Charleston, W. Va.) and Mezzevino Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor, Mich. Additionally, the opening of the Real Seafood Company in Bay City, Mich. is planned for May 2015. As a community cornerstone in every city in which it operates, MSV provides over $50,000 in scholarships to employees annually and provides over $1M per year for various charities and worthwhile causes. Each MSV restaurant operates an individual charitable program providing gift certificates, sponsorships, food donations, auction donations, and hosting of several fundraising events for various charitable groups and associations in the local community throughout the year.
Gibbons began his career in the restaurant industry with the CA Muer Corporation, initially serving as a waiter while attending Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon graduation, Gibbons transferred to Michigan accepting a position with Muer’s The Gandy Dancer restaurant as an assistant manager, and quickly advancing to general manager, regional manager and later director of training before embarking as a restaurateur. In 1979, Gibbons joined forces with Dennis Serras and in 1981, along with Dieter Boehm, founded Mainstreet Ventures Inc.
Gibbons resides in Ottawa Hills, Ohio with his wife Sondra. He has two children, three stepsons and eight grandchildren.
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