Thank you for introducing yourself, John. Good luck with your venture.
As EDG has mentioned and you can verify with a quick tour yourself, we have a lot to offer the professional chef and restaurateur here at Chef Talk: conversation and exchange with others in the business; ideas from those who've been at it for many years; insights from people who work in other aspects of the culinary world- even other physical parts of the world/globe. Finally, you can hear from members who are the customer base and who have a useful and totally different and perspective (IMHO ).
Finally, besides the extensive and lively forums, don't miss the wonderful cooking articles, cookbook and equipment reviews, photo galleries, and other resources here. We've been "in business" nearly 14 years, so using the search tool is an efficient way of navigating the full range of offerings here.
We hope you'll enjoy being part of the community and share your experiences as well.