Inspiring Excellence: An Interview with Hospitality Leader, Mateo Ramos

Bahrain Confidential speaks with the Chief Executive Officer of Foodvest Holding

What does it take to be a Hospitality Leader? In an industry that never slows down, it takes utmost dedication and a mindset for excellence to deliver quality guest experiences day in and day out. Each year, Bahrain Confidential highlights leaders across the hospitality industry on the island to understand what’s new, what’s next, and what makes them the best.

What was the best-ever lesson in leadership you’ve learned, and from whom? 

The best-ever lesson is understanding that the greatest doer of deeds may not always be the greatest leader. A leader’s role is to ensure that those under their mentorship have the confidence and ability to do great things themselves.

I have learned this through thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry, which has included ups and downs, transitions to new roles and opportunities, store closures, and lost opportunities. 

Do you have any major plans for the property? 

Our major plan is to open a total of 20 units in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in 2023.

Have there been any major changes for you or the property over the last year? 

Over the past year, we have opened two new Caribou Coffee locations in the Kingdom, bringing our total opening count to fourteen in 2023. Currently, we have three units under development, with two units signed in Saudi Arabia.

Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you?

I resonate with two quotes. First, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” highlights the ultimate responsibility that leaders bear for their organisation and its successes. The second, “Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible,” emphasises the necessity of having big dreams and ambitions, swinging for the fences and following one’s dreams.

I believe that worrying about tomorrow does not decrease tomorrow’s sorrow but takes away today’s strength. The key lies in building dynamic, forward-looking teams that have the agility to handle any challenge that comes at them.