The Influence of Harry Hayman II On My Values

When trying to understand someone, learning about the person’s family history, how they were raised, and what values have been instilled in them will go a long way. And that certainly rings true for who I, Harry Hayman, am today — not just as an entrepreneur, but as a person of virtue. To examine this a bit further, I have to tell you a bit about my grandfather, Harry Hayman II.

My grandfather had one of the most interesting jobs you could at the time; he was a member of the OSS — a precursor to the CIA — during World War II. It was an exciting career, but also a dangerous one. While it didn’t come to fruition, he was initially assigned to be dropped behind enemy lines in Japan. With the nature of the task, the life expectancy was roughly five days.
Luckily, he had befriended someone within the OSS who potentially saved his life by ordering him to stay in India for six months. While there, he served as a meteorologist as well as a code encryptor. In these positions, he was involved with intercepting radar and radio transmissions, as well as determining the best weather conditions for troop movements.

However, when it comes to my grandfather’s virtue and personable manner, we have to look at what he did outside of the OSS while living in India. He was living with a small Indian family — a family with whom the Haymans have remained close to this day. Through my grandfather’s stories and the accounts of the family, we were able to learn about his involvement in the Indian textile movement that was going on during the time. This was when India was gaining its independence from Great Britain, so tensions were high. Due to this, my grandfather was actually invited to a sitdown with none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

In this sitdown, they would talk about Indian rights, as well as human rights, and it helped shape him into the man he would become. The virtues that he had taken away from this experience were passed down through my family, and have helped us all to become selfless, charitable members of society.
With this, I leave you with one of Gandhi’s most famous quotes; “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” What this means to me is that if there is something I believe in, it’s up to me to fight for it. As you know, I am more than just Harry Hayman, the restaurant industry expert. I work to feed the homeless, help promote jazz education within Philadelphia and fight against childhood cancer. These values that I hold in high regard are, in large part, thanks to my grandfather, and in a way, thanks to Mahatma Gandhi.
To learn more about my virtues and stance on life, feel free to contact me.

Using Technology to Keep Venues Safe From Infection

Many of you know me, Harry Hayman, as a prominent restaurant industry figure across the city of Philadelphia. While my role is mainly behind-the-scenes as a consultant, I am able to leave my mark and improve a variety of restaurants. As a matter of fact, with the help of WorkMerk and my colleagues at the Wharton School of Business, I have been in the works on a project that could help revolutionize the safety of those working in the food industry, especially when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis.
Due to our country’s stay-at-home orders, restaurants can no longer operate as usual. While many can still order takeout, the more popular method has shifted to delivery — whether that be through the restaurant or third-party apps such as UberEats and DoorDash. While it offers a level of convenience, especially with non-contact delivery becoming the norm, it does bring up concerns from some of the recipients. Some are worried that they aren’t getting the right level of cleanliness between when their food is prepared and when it arrives on their doorstep. Others fear for the safety and well-being of the delivery drivers.
Here is where our newest innovation comes into play. We want a way for these companies and restaurants to be incentivized to have new safety and sanitation procedures to accommodate the unprecedented times that we live in. Once new procedures are in place, we need to ensure customers that these procedures are followed. With the help of WorkMerk’s new feature, the VirusSAFE Pro mobile app, the food industry can be held accountable by these standards.
This technology allows bars, restaurants, and other eating establishments to enter daily verification of their cleanliness measures, from food preparation to bathroom cleanliness and everything in between. Through the app, you can also receive labels of verification for establishments who are meeting these standards to post on their storefronts — giving potential customers peace of mind that they are not putting their health at risk.
While the app is still in development, we could not be more excited to help restaurants in Philadelphia and beyond provide an exceptional level of service and safety to their customers, especially during these times of uncertainty. It is yet another way that I, Harry Hayman, am using my role as an entrepreneur and restaurant industry leader to improve the world around me. To learn more about this innovation as well as other projects I have been working on, feel free to contact me.