Since teaming up in the early 1970s, Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick have established more than 80 restaurants and catering operations throughout the .. read morecountry - an extraordinary feat in a business with the highest attrition rate of any in the United States. The two men, very different yet surprisingly compatible, have established themselves as entrepreneurs with one collective vision, to run the nation's premier family of seafood restaurants.
The history of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants began when Bill McCormick purchased Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant located in Portland, Oregon, and brought the more than 100-year-old landmark back to life.
When asked the secret of how he revitalized a restaurant on the brink of closing, McCormick says, "I like nothing better than being a good host." In addition to his spirited personality, McCormick has an ability to bring out the best in other's managerial skills and strengths, a combination essential in a successful business.
Part of the managerial talent McCormick tapped was Doug Schmick, a management trainee. The two formed a partnership in 1974, creating Traditional Concepts, a precursor to today's McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants. In 1979, they opened the original McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Since that time, the company has expanded to more than 80 restaurants across the country.
In 2004, McCormick & Schmickâ€™s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. became a public company, trading on the NASDAQ as MSSR. In early 2007 McCormick & Schmickâ€™s purchased five Boathouse Restaurant locations in Vancouver, BC. Since then, another has opened. For more information on The Boathouse Restaurants visit http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/
While the number of restaurants has grown, the vision of the founders remains in providing the freshest seafood, at a value, in a comfortable setting while providing extraordinary service.
"Establishing a restaurant and running it well requires the creative imagination and stamina that go into producing a Broadway play," says Doug Schmick. "Over the years, the hardest thing conceptually has been to change with the times and remain a force in the industry without straying from what has made this company so successful in the first place."
Making it work are the company's leaders and more than 7,000 employees.
The combination of an open imagination and a respect for tradition are what makes McCormick & Schmick's the classic and successful business that it is today.