Member Success Story: Tina & Ted Maser of Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen

Tina Maser was the gracious hostess for SACC’s After Work event at Sushi Song on March 13th. She is the co-owner of the restaurant in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, situated in the Himmarshee district right next to the New River. Tina and her husband Ted have recently expanded their business by opening a second restaurant called Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen which also is located in Fort Lauderdale.

Family is at the core of Tina and Ted’s business. Their son, John, 25, is the manager at both Phat Boy Sushi locations. However, Tina wants all her employees to feel as they’re part of the family. “It can be difficult to find good staff members, and we do everything we can to make our employees want to stay with us. We try to schedule fun activities together, outside of work,” Tina explains.

“Ted and I met in California many years ago when I was there as an Au Pair, Tina recalls. “We then moved to Sweden together and started a family. After 25 years, we decided it was time to try something different, and the warm weather in Florida was very appealing at the time.”

The couple owned a restaurant in Sweden, so it was natural to continue on the same path here in the U.S. “The biggest difference of running a restaurant in the U.S is that there’s more bureaucracy here. It’s complicated and time consuming to get all the needed permits in place,” says Tina.

After five years of being co-owners of Sushi Song, Tina and Ted are excited to take the next step with the two new Phat Boy restaurants. We at SACC encourage our members to try their delicious Sushi for themselves!

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen:

  • 4391 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
  • 701 S Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Prime Minister Löfven meets President Trump

“He’s a highly respected man and done a great job in Sweden.  They are doing, really, record numbers, I guess very much like we’re doing record numbers.”  – President Trump about Swedish Prime Minister Löfven.

In the beginning of March, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, and President Trump had a meeting at the White House. The meeting marks 200 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations between the US and Sweden. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is the first of the European leaders to visit the White House since President Trump announced, in the beginning of March, that he wanted to impose tariffs on imports of steel at 25% and aluminum at 10%. Another topic for the meeting was Sweden’s long-standing diplomatic relationship with North Korea. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven offered to assist the United States in its efforts to end the nuclear crisis there.

During the meeting, the third edition of the report “Sweden create jobs in America” was released. Swedish companies create nearly 1,000,000 jobs in the U.S., directly or indirectly. With $52.7 billion in Foreign Direct Investment, Sweden is the 15th largest investor per capita in to the U.S. Bilateral trade relations. Today, the United States is Sweden’s largest trading partner outside the European Union and the third largest export market for Swedish companies.

You can read the complete report and more about the partnership between Sweden and the United States here.