Daniel FrankelFounder & CEO, Tap & Barrel Group
Daniel Frankel is founder and CEO of Tap & Barrel Group, a Vancouver-based hospitality company that he founded in 2012, which operates four brands: Tap & Barrel, TAPshack, BREWHALL, and Fixins Mac ‘n Chicken. Daniel has been an entrepreneur all his life. After his family moved to Vancouver from Israel when he was six years old, he began honing his entrepreneurial skills operating an ice cream cart in Stanley Park. This was followed by a short career as an artist, Film Studies at Western University in London, Ontario, a year in Los Angeles, and back to Vancouver to work on video production and episodic television. In 2001, Daniel opened a small coffee shop in Coal Harbour, which became the launchpad for his hospitality career. Over the course of the next decade, Daniel received the foundational education for his career in hospitality, opening ten locations spanning from retail to fine dining. This included Delilah’s, Stanley Park Pavilion, Prospect Point Cafe, the Pirate Pub, The Mill Marine Bistro, and Stanley’s Bar & Grill. Having built a company comprised of stand-alone businesses, Daniel saw the benefit of creating a brand. In 2012, he began the process of liquidating some of his businesses while establishing the restaurant brand that he had been dreaming up — one which embodies his core values, vision and principles. His first Tap & Barrel opened its doors in Vancouver’s Olympic Village in July 2012 to great fanfare. In less than ten years, Tap & Barrel has established a highly respected brand presence. By the end of 2023, the company will operate eight locations with more in the pipeline. The restaurants are well known for their marquee locations, environmental stewardship, commitment to supporting local purveyors of food, beverage and art, and for their commitment to leadership development. Daniel is an inductee of the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame, a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards, and an alumnus of BC Business’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ Awards. Tap & Barrel Group is a long-standing recipient of Deloitte’s ‘Best Managed Companies.’ Daniel is currently finalizing his e-MBA from Harvard Business School through the YPO President’s Program, which he has attended for eight years as part of his commitment to lifelong learning and will graduate in 2023. Daniel is passionate about the arts; he still paints and loves to play guitar. He is an art collector, an artist, an avid reader, mountain biker, skier, and a family man.
Let Go and Grow!
One of the hardest things for any founder and entrepreneur is to “let go.” The only way to fully scale an organization and set it up for sustainable success is to empower others; to put the right people on the right bus in the right seats. Once you create a high-performance culture and put the aces in their places, the possibilities are endless! Daniel Frankel, Founder and CEO of Tap & Barrel Group will share lessons from his journey which ultimately taught him to put his faith in others and made him realize that he’s only truly successful once he renders himself obsolete.