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Meet Steve from TipHaus...Winner Of RTN's Ring Of Fire

President of Financial Services
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  • About Steve

    Steve Hooper is the President of Financial services of TipHaus, where he leads partnership and business development efforts. Prior to TipHaus, Steve was the President of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, a multi-brand, chef-driven restaurant group based in Seattle, WA. Steve joined Ethan Stowell Restaurants as part of ESR's acquisition of Kigo Kitchen, the fast casual restaurant brand that Steve started during business school. Prior to studying at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Steve worked in various roles in investment banking and venture capital in both Seattle and Boston. Steve serves on the board of the United Way of King County, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and is a former board member of the Washington Hospitality Association and president of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance.

  • What unique problem does your company solve for restaurants?

    TipHaus is a leading provider of innovative tip calculation, distribution, and daily tip payments. With over 100,000 employees at TipHaus-utilized restaurants benefiting from our solutions, TipHaus’s comprehensive platform offers restaurants and the service industry transparent, reliable, and efficient tip management. TipHaus’ software eliminates manual errors and discrepancies, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements regarding tip management. With a focus on streamlining tipping processes and fostering trust, TipHaus’s robust software revolutionizes how tips are calculated, managed, and paid out, ensuring fairness and accuracy for all stakeholders.

  • Why did your company join RTN?

    As one of the leading providers of tip-distribution software and valued partner to numerous esteemed businesses in the hospitality industry, our decision to join the Restaurant Technology Network stems from our desire to amplify efforts in constructing more efficient, customer-centric restaurants. By leveraging our resources and industry expertise within the network, we aim to contribute to the ongoing advancement of technology-driven solutions for restaurants. We're privileged to align with the Network's commendable initiatives benefiting restaurant operators, franchises, and employees, and look forward to shaping the industry's technological landscape together.

  • What’s your favorite personal pastime?

    Outside of work, you will find me playing with my kids, running, lifting, at a concert or out to dinner with friends. I love eating at restaurants!

  • What three words would you use to describe what’s happening in the restaurant industry right now?


  • What’s your most-used restaurant app and why?

    Can't pick just one

  • Restauranteur you most admire and why?

    Ethan Stowell:
    I admine Ethan for his innovative approach to cuisine, blending traditional techniques with modern flavors to create unforgettable dining experiences. His dedication to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients reflects a commitment to sustainability and supporting local communities. Additionally, his focus on creating welcoming atmospheres in his restaurants fosters a sense of community and connection among diners.

  • What technology are you most excited about for the future of restaurants and why?

    I was so impressed by TipHaus's technology that I decided to join the company. Specifically, I'm excited about how TipHaus addresses the real-world challenges faced by restaurant operators. Having experienced these challenges firsthand in my own restaurant operations, I see TipHaus as a transformative solution that streamlines processes, ensures compliance, and ultimately enhances efficiency and profitability. It's exciting to be part of a company that is making such a significant impact in the industry.

  • Where is your HQ Located

    Seattle, WA

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