Sunny Chandi, 30, senior vice president and director of operations for Chandi Hospitality Group Inc. in Santa Rosa, is one of North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019.
Responsibilities with your company: Solve tactical problems and malfunctions that may arise at any of the restaurants our family operates. Waitperson didn’t show, bring in another and make sure they’re good. Dishwasher broken? Fixed Whatever it takes to make sure our guests have a high-quality experience.
How do you exemplify the spirit of being a top Forty Under 40 professional?: Dedicated not only to the growth of my family’s business, but also to the success and public enjoyment of downtown Santa Rosa, especially Courthouse Square. Between the events and the businesses here, people are having a lot of fun and I’m glad to have the energy to contribute to it.
Years with company: 10
Length of time in current position: 3 years
No. company wide employees: 300
No. that report to you:150
Greatest professional accomplishment: Opened Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven, on October 17, 2018.
Greatest professional challenge: Building a trustworthy team.
Best advice received: Keep improving
Single most important event in your professional life in the last 12 months: St. Paddy’s on the Square
What steps is your company taking to sustain your organization and morale in the current economy?: Listen, with humility
Next professional goal: Put together this year a vibrant, effective and professional restaurant team that dazzles our customers with quality and service.
Education: Santa Rosa Junior College
Hometown: Santa Rosa
Community/nonprofit activities: Work with Social Advocates for Youth / Board of Directors, Young Professionals Network
Mentor/admired businessperson: My eldest brother, Sonu Chandi
Typical day at the office: Calling and arranging. The telephone is my most important tool - got a problem? Get on the phone.
Best place to work outside of your office: Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven
What you wanted to be when you grew up?: What I have become. A success in business.
No. 1 thing you want to accomplish by the time you turn 40: To bring structure to any project I’m involved in.
First job: Jack in the Box. I learned a lot there about customer service and how a food operation works.
Social media you most use: Facebook
Favorite book: “Zero to One”
Favorite movie: “The Founder”
Favorite after-work drink: Jameson & Soda
Last vacation: Went to Reno
What does your mom or dad brag most about you?: That I have a good attitude, no matter what.
Favorite app: Slack
Forty Under 40 winner
Senior vice president and director of operations
Chandi Hospitality Group Inc.
630 Third St., Santa Rosa, 95404