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2010 40 Under 40: Paul Sundy

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Paul Sundy has opened and operated six different eating/drinking establishments in as many years.

Sundy started his entrepreneurial career in 2003 with ICON Nightclub in downtown Springfield. Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill followed in 2006. Sundy then focused his efforts in south Springfield with the 2007 opening of Parlor 88 Lounge on Republic Road.

In 2008, he opened Fedora Social House & The Opus Club in downtown Springfield and another Big Whiskey’s location in Little Rock, Ark.

“While I’m professionally involved in many different endeavors, I remain loyal to each one of my brands and am very active in the ongoing development and success of each brand as an individual, he says. "This has allowed me to be a visible leader at each location and reminds those who work around me that I’m dedicated to their success as well as the success of the business.”

Sundy has no plans to slow down anytime soon, either. Plans are in the works for expanding both Parlor 88 and Big Whiskey’s, and he’s in the process of bringing an Einstein Bros. Bagels to Springfield as well.

He is proud of the impact his continued business growth has had on the downtown and larger local economy, and he’s also pleased with the way he’s been able to positively affect his employees.

“I remain very dedicated to those who work for me,” Sundy says. “The success of my businesses is only as great as the success of the individuals who manage the day-to-day operations. Because of my involvement and continued support, I have brought people up within the company that started out as entry-level employees who are now managers, and in some cases, partners with me on brand expansions.”

Sundy says the best example of his leadership abilities is the perseverance he’s shown in times of adversity, as well as his capabilities for leading a wide range of employees.

“My willingness and ability to work with all different personality types has allowed me to not only be a leader among my peers and those who work for me, but it has also given me the unique opportunity to expand my professional brands,” he says.

Sundy’s business success is also shared outside his immediate staff in support of numerous causes within the communities he works in.

“If there’s a charity, we do it. Donations, time, effort, whatever the case may be. It has always been a personal and professional priority for me to be involved in community charity work in whatever capacity possible,” Sundy says.[[In-content Ad]]

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