Morgan Young grew up in Cumberland County, Kentucky, earning a degree in philosophy and English before joining the United States Air Force in 2005, where he spent six years as a linguist. He was deployed to the combat zone near Baghdad, Iraq, at Joint Operations Base Anaconda, and also spent tours in Qatar and Germany.
“Our unit was airborne, which meant the planes would fly over with satellites and listen to conversations and decode them. I had taken Spanish and German in high school and Italian in college, so language has always been interesting to me,” Morgan says. “Through the Air Force I learned Farsi, which is spoken in parts of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
After being discharged from the military, he pursued a law degree at Washington and Lee University before realizing his heart wasn’t in it. His father had passed away, and Morgan wanted to be closer to home and family, so he moved to Nashville.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I went to work as a server,” he says. “I’ll be 34 in August and I still don’t know exactly what my long term plans are, but I have learned that I have a knack for service. It’s pretty straightforward – we have a clear objective, each of us have a defined role and we work as a team to accomplish it.”
Morgan, who now serves hungry customers at the upscale neighborhood watering hole Scout’s Pub in Franklin, says the he’s met some incredible people working in the restaurant industry, both colleagues and customers. He likes the flexibility and sees a lot of opportunity to grow.
“This job is about helping people – it’s not about me, but about making my customers’ dining experience great, and I really enjoy that,” he says. “With that attitude and a little bit of knowledge, there are no real barriers to being able to grow in this business.
“As a soon-to-be dad, I appreciate the flexibility to pick up shifts during the day or evening. It’s just a great industry, and I love being a part of it.