Dean Sockett

DEAN SOCKETT
Director of human resources
Keg Restaurants

Once a server for The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Sockett advanced through management positions until a VP offered him a role in HR. He said he’d try it for a year – that was 22 years ago.

Sockett is not alone in his development within the company; in fact, 80% of managers started out working in the kitchen or serving. The restaurant group prides itself on continuous learning with such initiatives as Kegger for Life. It also offers employees the chance to complete a wine training program and even sponsors some in obtaining their MBAs.

In addition, Keg also believes in enhancing workers’ quality of life, and hosts such outings as competitive ski racing, lip sync contests and baseball tournaments.