Meet Shane Spillers from Spillers Works
Shane Spillers is one of our newer EO Dallas Strategic Alliance Partners – the owner and founder of Spillers Works. He’s a native Dallasite, entrepreneurial restaurateur, family man, and an expert in EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System.
Shane was born and raised in downtown Dallas, when Uptown was primarily small, unassuming residences. He recalls watching many of the commercial buildings in Uptown take shape over the years from dirt to skyscraper.
Shane graduated high school from First Baptist Academy in downtown Dallas. He was an active kid, playing just about every sport at one time or another. Living so close to downtown, he would ride his bike or rollerblade to the Plaza of the Americas with his brothers to ice skate and beat the summer heat.
After high school, Shane graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Information and Operations Management. He spent nearly a decade in professional services between the Public Policy Research Institute, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. He specialized in advisory, business intelligence and process improvement across manufacturing, technology, oil & gas, defense contractor and financial services sectors.
As much as Shane enjoyed the reach and scope of global professional services, he wanted to grow something himself. In an entrepreneurial leap, he partnered up with his family on Eno’s Pizza Tavern in the Bishop Arts District. Everyone in the family, and a few childhood friends, had a complimentary role in bringing that restaurant to life, including EO Dallas member Chad Sepulveda their former Director of Operations.
Over the past decade, Shane has started or grown multiple restaurant brands in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, including Eno’s Pizza Tavern, Oddfellows, Union Bear, and BREWED. Beyond that, he has consulted for a number of other notable restaurant brands in varying stages of the business lifecycle. EOS is the foundation of their success in the market. Shane said, “We needed it because we rapidly scaled up with three restaurants, and the wheels were starting to come off. We read Traction and attempted to self-implement EOS, but self-implementation didn’t work for our team. We found a professional EOS Implementer who helped fill the gaps and regain control of our business. It was awesome! EOS paved the way for alignment on our leadership team, gave us a platform to build on, allowed us to focus on our priorities, do the things we do well and take advantage of opportunities in the market. It’s been the biggest engine for growth.”
EOS fit perfectly with how Shane is wired. As their EOS Implementer worked with his hospitality management company, Shane would in turn implement EOS in their restaurants. He’s a self-proclaimed “results junkie.” His experience with EOS inspired him to gain certification as a professional EOS implementer himself.
“With EOS, I get to work with other like-minded entrepreneurs, where I can add value,” Shane said. This is why he decided to become a Strategic Alliance Partner with EO Dallas. He said, “I want to be a valuable resource to every member – even if it’s just to answer questions as they navigate their EOS journey. I want to help people get where they want to go — help them work through ideas and challenges. I want to help people get results!”
Shane is also a family man. He and his wife, Jana, have been married 15 years. They have a couple of daughters, ages 6 and 3, with a baby boy on the way in September. Shane said, “My wife, Jana, is amazing. She’s a respected Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and also runs her own entrepreneurial venture, a baby concierge. She teaches new parent classes and is a certified lactation consultant, CPR instructor, car seat technician and postpartum doula. Jana’s the baby whisperer.”
Like many EO members, Shane is always seeking new opportunities. He recently purchased property on Beckley Avenue near Trinity Groves, backing up to the Trinity River levee. With an unimpeded view of the Dallas skyline and the new Harold Simmons Park planned for the area, it’s likely to be one of the best new development locations in the metroplex. Shane always seems to have interesting projects in the works.
Shane wants EO members to feel free to reach out to him for EOS questions or just for a friendly conversation. He said, “My calendar is always open for EO Dallas. There’s a link to my calendar in my email signature and I’d love to hear from EOers. Just pick up the phone and call me if you can’t meet in person. Otherwise, let’s put a coffee, lunch or happy hour on the books.”