“When I was 18, I used to get up early every morning and put a suit on and leave the house. One day my dad asked me where I was going all dressed up, and I said, ‘I don’t know, but when I get there, I’ll be dressed right.’ That day I met [my future partner] Leon Huff, and the rest is history. Leave Harry alone; he’ll be dressed right when he gets to where he is going.”
Harry Hayman has certainly gotten to where he knew he was going that night. The story of how he did it starts with his background.
The Bynum Hospitality Group is a local management company that maintains a variety of soul and jazz-themed restaurants and clubs across Philadelphia. Pioneered by brothers Robert and Ben Bynum, Harry Hayman has been involved in the operations from back in its earliest days. Now, he is a COO, a role he has had since 2014. One of their most successful ventures has been Philadelphia’s SOUTH Jazz Club. Harry has been heavily involved with helping SOUTH book jazz performers for bar and club events. Harry was also instrumental in moving GREEN SOUL LIVING to Center City. GREEN SOUL is not only a bridge to better eating, it is a bridge to better living through yoga, meditation, health and welfare as well as GREEN SOUL BOOKS & RECORDS.
Harry spent a year studying entrepreneurial management with a minor in English, and then took a leave of absence to expand the Bynum Brother’s operations and proceeded to open several new places.
He was still a long way off from his future at McFadden’s, but his path lay clear before him. By now, he was ready to truly break out on his own as an entrepreneur. He founded Gemini Hospitality Consultants, bringing with him many of the lessons he’d learned from the restaurant industry.
With the passing decades, Harry gained experience in the fields of brand activation, charity, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing promotions, building his reputation for innovation and professionalism in the hospitality and entertainment industries. Gemini continues to be a leader in consulting, helping those who want to enter into the restaurant industry get a handle on strategies for marketing and growth. Harry, meanwhile, continues to spend much of his time on community involvement, including speaking engagements and other activities. From dish-washer, to owning and operating restaurants in the McFadden’s franchise across the country, to consulting other entrepreneurs on how to get their business dreams off the ground through, Harry Hayman has done it all.