David Chan, Budget Restaurant Supply, Houston, Texas
David grew up working in the foodservice industry. He was 9 years old when his parents started Budget Restaurant Supply. In Budget’s third year of business, they opened their first retail storefront in the new Chinatown area of Houston, Texas. David remembers helping customers and stocking shelves at that time.
David took a break from the family business during college, and worked in restaurants for four years. “The restaurant business was a lot of tough work and long hours. It really pushed me to go back and finish school,” says Chan.
After graduating from college in 1999, David made the decision to go back to work with his father and two brothers, with goals to help grow the business. “It never gets easy working in a family business. That being said, my father was grooming me to become the leader of our company, and I appreciate his guidance to this day,” says Chan.
David says in his current role as President, things have not changed a whole lot. “My passion has always been selling and providing solutions and opportunities for our clients. At times, I feel like a doctor…always on call to handle some type of equipment failure or answering an emergency question of the city officials. I also head the design department of our company, where I spend a lot time with clients laying out their kitchens and bars,” says Chan.
David has a vast arsenal of knowledge and experience in the foodservice industry, but never stops training. He is very active in SEFA training and successfully and consistently completes levels in the SEFAPro program. A strong proponent of training, David also encourages his team at Budget to pursue SEFA training and excel in the program. “SEFA training has helped me tremendously. I participate in most of the National Sales Conferences and the knowledge I am able to learn from the manufacturers, along with the hands on approach to the equipment, is exceptional. The webinars are a great tool for my sales staff and helps bring the local rep into our company for added support,” says Chan. David also likes the fact that the SEFAPro program provides an excellent resource for all SEFA dealers striving to bring young people into the foodservice equipment and supply part of the industry.
Inspiration, knowledge, and leadership produce passion, vision, and success, especially when received from someone you greatly respect.
“My father, Tommy Chan, has been inspiring to me, and our entire company. His work ethics and “Old School” philosophy are still maintained in our company. I may not be as tough and stern as he was during his tenure, but I concur with his judgment. I have taken what I learned from him, and I have approached my leadership with a more positive outlook. Treating people with respect and building relationships have been a huge part of our success. “Do what you say, and say what you do” has also been a very important part of how I go about work and life. It sounds simple, but it is not easy to achieve. It takes a lot of work, and I appreciate the work ethic that my father instilled in my brothers and me to become successful,” says Chan.
David lives in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. “You can call me a homer, because I love all of my hometown sports teams, Houston Texans, Rockets, Astros, and Dynamo,” says Chan. When David is not working, he spends most of his time with his wife Linda, and their two children, Katherine 6, and Christopher 4. “We like to go to parks, watch movies, and we love to eat good food. One of the perks of our industry is enjoying good food!” says Chan.
SEFA values the partnership with Budget Restaurant Supply and is proud to recognize David Chan as Featured SEFAPro for the month of May. He is a great inspiration to everyone. He is always friendly and helpful to people he meets. He means serious business when it comes to meeting the needs of his customers. David is devoted to his family, his business, his customers, and this industry. Congratulations, David!