Owner of the New Belgium Ranger Station, a slope-side bar and restaurant in Snowmass, Colo., that opened in November. Princeton major: Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in engineering and management systems.
Many tasks: To open a bar at the hotel his father was redeveloping, Wasserman secured a business loan, created a menu, obtained a liquor license and building permit, hired staff, and helped with construction. What he does: Wasserman oversees the operation, including coordination between the bar, kitchen, and servers. He does whatever is necessary, from fetching kegs and bartending to taking orders and vacuuming the floor.
Challenges: “Managing the staff is super hard ... It’s hard to keep everyone happy.” And with the long hours, “It’s pretty easy to feel burnt out.”
What he likes: Making a “fun gathering spot for people to hang out.” He adds, “It’s really cool to be working for yourself, rather than someone else. It’s really cool to be creating jobs.”