©2018 by Clayton Fitchett

ABOUT CLAYTON

I am married, currently residing in Plano, TX.  I am aspiring to change careers, moving from a restaurant operations support role to an accounting and financed-based consultation role, preferably inclusive of international travel.   
 
I have an A.S. from Collin College, and am working towards a B.A. in Business and Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, expected graduation date August 2019.  After achieving my Bachelor’s Degree, my educational focus will be towards a CPA and a MBA with a focus in Finance.  During my time at UT Dallas, I have presented at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and have a literary review published in the Oxford Journal, Vol 12, No 1 (2017).  And, if a beneficial opportunity presented itself, I would consider participating in an accounting doctoral and research program.  

I am the Director of Operations Services for la Madeleine, a Country French Bakery and Café concept in the fast casual restaurant segment. In this role I lead the company’s operational support for franchise expansion and new corporate store openings, while facilitating general project management, operations support, IT initiatives, training and leadership development. My most exciting work to date is creating and executing our new store opening process while refining the system for easier and financially targeted execution. Not only do I have fun developing our processes, but also continually learn how to improve our systems.
 
Before joining la Madeleine, I worked for family-owned restaurant concepts, most notably Blue Mesa Restaurants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area.  I’m truly passionate about my work and always eager to continue bridging the gap between operators and the support logistics of the corporate office. While I enjoy all aspects of my job, I think my favorite stage of a project are the final moments before all departments, vendors and stake holders come together in the final push to finish opening a store, finish a roll-out or launch a new initiative. As we go through that collaborative process, the ideas start to flow and that’s always the fun part.The best part is when everyone in the room realizes their actions, decisions and efforts have affected the milestones already passed, and are influencing the completion process moving forward.
 
My wife and I enjoy traveling, especially overseas.  Our favorite destinations are Paris, France and Bath, England.  I am a member of the Texas Astronomical Society, and volunteer several times a year to support the Dallas branch of Children’s Hunger Fund.