The Denver Business Journal's annual award recognizes 40 outstanding Colorado professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. Houseman was recognized specifically for his civic affiliations, including serving on the board of Special Olympics Colorado and the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the programs he's supported to motivate and retain Red Robin Team Members nationwide.
"I am honored to receive this award and to be recognized as a leader in our business community," Houseman says. "This year's list of 'Forty Under 40' recipients is extremely impressive, and I am grateful to be among such a prestigious group. I'd also like to thank Red Robin's superior management team for their support. I am fortunate to be able to work with them and learn from them every day."
"We would like to congratulate Eric for this well-deserved achievement celebrating his career accomplishments with Red Robin," says Dennis Mullen, Red Robin chairman and CEO. "With his extensive experience in the food industry, Eric has taken a hands-on approach to help build Red Robin to a nationally recognized brand in the casual dining industry."
As president and COO, Houseman directs overall restaurant operations by executing proven strategies and efficiencies that impact business growth and maximize financial results. Houseman's extensive knowledge of Red Robin includes operations, financial performance, human resources, recruiting, training, franchise operations, and facilities. He began his career with the company in 1988 as a bartender at the Bellingham, Washington, restaurant. Since then, he has served in a variety of positions at Red Robin including general manager, regional operations director, and vice president of operations.