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Fri, October 21, 2011

Founder of Rainforest Cafe to Emcee 2011 Spirit Awards event!

Noted entrepreneur, branding expert, author and motivational speaker Steven Schussler to serve as Master of Ceremonies

A creative type all his life, Steven Schussler has a passion for conceiving concepts that appeal to the masses. His career in the restaurant industry began with the development of Jukebox Saturday Night, a nostalgic restaurant and night club with four locations in Chicago, Illinois; one in Des Moines, Iowa; one in Springfield, Massachusetts; one in San Francisco, California and one in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Schussler’s first Rainforest Cafe™ (A Wild Place to Shop and Eat™), opened at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in October 1994. Steven and his public company owned and operated 45 Rainforest Café restaurants in seven years, in three continents and sold the chain to Landry’s Restaurants in 2000, but not before receiving more than 40 awards in six years including: Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.A. (named to the list two consecutive years); Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concept Award, Orlando Magazine’s Best Theme Restaurant; the National Retail Federation’s National Retailer of the Year; and Chicago Tribune’s Best Restaurant for Kids. Schussler Creative, Inc. was founded in 2000, where he leads the creative vision and overall strategic direction of the organization.

Schussler is the author of the bestselling book “It’s a Jungle In There” to inspire entrepreneurs and business leaders.