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$2 tip leads to hotel empire

SA young boy, newly emigrated from Italy, gets a $2 tip for delivering food to the room of a rude hotel patron and decides he wants to be in the hotel business.

Domenic Meffe, Founder and CEO of Monte Carlo Inns will be the keynote speaker at the Mississauga Board of Trade’s next Growth & Power breakfast series on March 31, 7:30 AM TO 9:30 AM at the Port Credit Yacht Club, 115 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga, ON L5E 3G6. Register at www.mbot.com

As a 14 year old lad, Domenic went to a local golf course where his brother-in-law and sister worked. There were a number of hotel rooms and the chef asked Domenic to deliver two plates to one of the rooms.

“I knocked on the door and a gentleman grabbed the tray, gave me two dollars and slammed the door in my face. I didn’t know the $2 was for me until my brother explained to me later what a tip was.”

In 1985, this young dynamic entrepreneur opened his first hotel. Five years later he opened the flagship Monte Carlo property opened on Derry Road in Mississauga. He now has seven hotels in the GTA and one in Barrie and is looking to expand to Western Canada and internationally.

With more than 200 employees and a reputation focused on “Your Home Away From Home,” Monte Carlo Inns, strives to set an industry standard by offering the best possible product, at reasonable rates, with exceptional customer service.

Domenic says Monte Carlo Inns attempts to replicate a European flavour in North America.

“We want to exceed our customer’s expectations by offering a product that is focused on quality, cleanliness and consistent value added improvements. Our hands-on approach to customer service has been a philosophy that has allowed the Monte Carlo Inns to provide a unique home-grown personal touch environment.”
In 2011 Domenic Meffe was awarded Mississauga Board of Trade Award of Excellence – Business Person of the Year.

Growth & Power is a Mississauga Board of Trade breakfast series designed for CEOs and senior executives in Mississauga and the surrounding areas. It features presentations from some of Canada’s most influential entrepreneurs, CEOs and business success stories, providing the opportunity to learn from practical anecdotes and advice based on the experiences gained in building their own organizations.

Growth and Power sponsors are RBC Royal Bank, Pallett Valo LLP and host venue the Port Credit Yacht Club.

Biz TV Canada host, David Wojcik will talk to Domenic about starting his first business in Canada, his business success and challenges, view on competition and vision for the future.

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