Steven Schussler is a master at multi-tasking as the World's Premiere Branding Expert, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur and creator of Rainforest Cafe®, Teacher, Motivational Speaker, Columnist for the Minnesota Business Magazine and National Best-selling Author of "It's A Jungle In There, Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring." Passion and imagination are the two most powerful engines of success. Steven has breathed life into his restaurants, retail, attractions and entertainment venues worldwide by combining persistence and an unwavering belief in his dreams.
Well-known as the creator of one of the most successful themed restaurants in the world, Rainforest Cafe® (A Wild Place to Shop and Eat®), Steven opened the first at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in October 1994. Steven and his public company owned and operated 45 Rainforest Cafe restaurants in seven years, on 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); Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 entrepreneurs in the country; 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. Steven Schussler founded Schussler Creative, Inc. in 2000, where he leads the creative vision and overall strategic direction of the organization.
Steven Schussler is a graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy. The Academy engages citizens in the process of protecting their communities and country. He has been involved with charitable and civic organizations that include the Leukemia Society, American Lung Association, Minneapolis Youth Connection, Lifeskills Center for Leadership, Special Olympics, Neighborhood House, and the Animal Humane Society.
Mr. Schussler played the lead role in the commercial for Clemmy's Ice Cream, an all natural sugar free and gluten free ice cream which won the American Advertising Federation's Gold ADDY® awards. In addition, Steven appeared in September 2010 as a judge on Food Network's "24 Hour Restaurant Battle." Committed to inspiring and educating fellow entrepreneurs, the nation's future business leaders and business professionals alike, Steven Schussler teaches an entrepreneurial class for the Carlson School of Business Management at the University of Minnesota.
Schussler is a columnist for Minnesota Business Magazine. Steven's monthly "Backtalk" column motivates and educates readers by sharing new and fascinating stories, advice and experiences from nationally and internationally recognized business leaders. Steven Schussler is the National Best-selling author of "It's a Jungle In There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring."
- Innovation: Innovation Takes Time
- Passion: Passion + Ambition Yields Success … (It P.A.Y.S.)!
Entrepreneur, Business, sales, Marketing, Branding, Celebrity, Coaching, Corporate Culture, Creativity, Emcee, Entertainment, Goal-setting, Leadership, Management, Media, Self-image/esteem, Quality/TQ
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"The energy and passion you have was immediately transformed to our group. The incredible thing I observed was that everyone took away something different, which they could personally relate to: whether it is prototyping, risk taking, repeated success, or setting new goals. An outstanding afternoon." - General Mills
"Thanks again for sharing your experiences with our team members at Best Buy. We try to create an environment where our employees can contribute their ideas and passions to serve our customers. Your life journey and persistence were a great example and model for us of what's possible." - Best Buy
"It’s a Jungle in There is an easy read that imparts wisdom on the art of how to turn 'no' into 'yes.' This book should be required reading for all entrepreneurs at any stage of their career." - Chrysler Corporation & Best-Selling Author
"I remember riding with Steve in my helicopter to view sites for Rainforest Cafe®. I knew he was on to something great and had the tenacity to get it done. Steven's story is compelling, fun, inspiring and full of sound business advice." - Real Estate Titan, Best-Selling Author, Star of the hit TV Show, The Apprentice