Chic Spotlight: Jeff Ruby's Assistant Amy Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:38

Chic Spotlight: Jeff Ruby's Assistant Amy Lewis
In addition to her own busy schedule, this local woman manages the calendar of one of the city's busiest men. Read on to discover how she does it.

Cincy Chic: You've been with Jeff Ruby for almost 11 years, so how did you first stumble upon your position?


Amy Lewis, corporate communications director for Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment and Ruby's executive assistant: In 1999 I was an assistant manager at Kinko's. With a background in commercial design, I had developed some presentations and proposals for Mr. Ruby at that time. His former assistant was getting married and moving to Las Vegas, so he offered me the job. I had no idea "what" the job was. All I knew was that Jeff Ruby asked me to work for him. How could I say no?


Cincy Chic: Through the years, how have your position and Ruby's schedule changed?


Lewis: In the last 10 plus years I've been with him, we've opened seven restaurants, two nightclubs, numerous remodels and renovations, two divorces (his and mine), five rottweilers etc. etc. Up until the end of last year, I, myself, had two assistants. I started off literally as his secretary.


I've had no choice but to learn and grow with the company — both in my basic knowledge of the restaurant business and in taking on marketing and advertising responsibilities. I wear many hats. No one can really put a job title with what it is I do.


My job, first and foremost, is to take care of Jeff. And that means I need to be two steps ahead of him. I have to pay special attention to who is leaving him messages, who he's having lunch or cigars with at Strauss, who is in his ear at any given time. I can't fall out of the loop. Too many people depend on me to have a pulse on what's going on with him.


He's constantly being pulled in many different directions and people really don't have any idea the pressures of the restaurant business and what he deals with on any given day. It seems like everyone wants something from him. It's my job to figure out what's worth his time.


Cincy Chic: Ryan Seacrest recently told Oprah Winfrey that he schedules time to exercise as if it were a meeting. What are some of Ruby's high-priority tasks that aren't all business?


Lewis: Jeff is all business. He is a creative genius. He is all work. It is his passion to create, to develop and to make something out of nothing that people truly enjoy. He, himself, is a prime example.


(And he loves a good murder trial — Court TV!)


Cincy Chic: This is for our Time Management issue, so what time management tips can you offer to those of us who find it a little difficult just keeping track of our own schedules?


Lewis: Get an assistant!


Write everything down and back everything up! My (Jeff's) calendar is still a two-page, letter-size, month-at-a-view, hand-written calendar color coded by highlighters! I plug as much as I can into my Blackberry and Outlook, but I can't imagine the horror of losing my hard copy calendar or my digital address book. Having the most current information and utilizing technology is what really saves me the most time (and my incredible assistant!).


Cincy Chic: When you aren't juggling anybody else's schedule, how do you let loose and enjoy life?


Lewis: Concerts! By far my most favorite thing to do. I love working out, working in my yard, and going out to dinner. You could say I'm a little spoiled, but I work hard and I deserve it.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Lewis: The people, the traditions (as I look out my window Downtown and see the sea of red shirts headed to Fountain Square on Opening Day), the pride people have in where they're from (East or West side) and where they went to high school. I love being part of the "Big Fish in Small Pond." Cincinnati is no New York or Chicago, and I don't want it to be. Besides, there are better steaks here.



Courtesy of Amy Lewis

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