German-born De Beyer owns Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, TX, and if there were a Boss of the Century award, he'd win it by a landslide. The owner is looking to sell his family-owned fine-dining restaurant to help pay for his employee's brain tumor treatment.
Kaiserhof server Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last month. Her father died suddenly from a brain tumor at the young age of 33 when she was just a little girl.
"I'm not able to just sit by and let it happen," De Beyer told the Montgomery Courier. "I couldn't live with myself. I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help."
Mathis, whose older sister and mother also work at the restaurant, was suffering from painful headaches, blurred vision, dizziness and blood cots. She discovered that she had a tumor the size of a ping-pong ball on the left side of her brain.
Mathis doesn't have health insurance, so she can't afford the expensive treatment. "Here's a family, they really work hard, they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open," said De Beyer. "They didn't even ask anybody for help."
De Beyer believes the restaurant is worth about $2 million. "I have listed my restaurant for several years and recently turned down an (owner-financed) offer for $1.3 million," he said. "But now I want to auction it off at a reserve price (or minimum bid - 50 percent of the actual value) and anything above that will go to help Brittany."
Once De Beyer sells his restaurant, he may no longer be Mathis' boss, but he'll be even more important to her. "Michael has been a real blessing to our family," she says.