John Ramirez is a man on the move. With catering businesses in Detroit, Arizona and Washington, D.C., and plans to open a deli in the Detroit-Metro area, Ramirez is one Detroit businessman to keep an eye on
A Detroit native, Ramirez has experience in hospitality, cooking and sales. He began his career working for a family-owned bakery and deli in Greektown and then entered the world of hospitality, eventually becoming the Marriott’s youngest corporate buyer. With no desire to become stagnant, Ramirez then had an opportunity to work with Holiday Inn. “I created the purchasing department for a 400-room hotel. It was the best and the worst job of my life because I was young at the time, coming with all this new experience, but I had to manage a staff of 25 superiors twice my age. But it was a great opportunity because it gave me the opportunity to create something,” Ramirez said.
Angels Catering and Deli is product of all this experience. Named for Ramirez’s mother, the business offers services for a variety of events, from weddings to corporate functions. “The name Angel was my mother’s name. She passed away when I was younger, when I was 17. My mom was everybody’s mom; she was that type of person. She always gave. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to create a company because of that, it was more or less because that’s how I am in some ways.”
The combination of a love of food and the desire to create pushed Ramirez to open his business. Although starting a business can be stress-inducing, Ramirez had his sisters’ support to help make the transition easier. “When I started with nothing, I sat down with my sisters and I said, hey, I want to create a company and this is what I want to do. My first event was having three of my sisters cooking in the kitchen and buying this and doing that, so, when it all came together it was like, wow! We did this!”
Ramirez’s loves what he does
Angels Catering Warren, MI