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Chris Balk promoted General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Chris joined Doherty in 2015 as an Assistant Manager after ten years with TGI Fridays, working his way up to General Manager. He also opened a new full service concept as General Manager, successfully taking the lead in all aspects of the opening, including kitchen and cocktail menu development.

He quickly adapted to Panera’s concept and developed a strong understanding of Panera tools and systems. Chris played a key role in helping to prepare Farmingdale to roll out Panera 2.0, as only the second location in the company to do so. In his time at Farmingdale, Chris shined in his roles as recruiting and training specialist, recruiting and hiring key associates, as well assisting in the development of Trainers, Zone Leaders and Shift Supervisors in the café.

In 2016, Chris took over as acting General Manager in East Meadow and made an immediate impact by increasing staffing level, reducing turnover, increasing customer satisfaction scores, as well as receiving a Gold rating on 2016 Corporate Audit. Chris has a strong passion for the industry, and brings this passion, along with high energy, and a consistent positive attitude to the job on a daily basis, and this inspires those around him to be better.

Please join us in congratulating Chris on this important promotion to General Manager! We wish him continued success in the future!

James Dawson promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Applebees

James started with Doherty in November 2016 as a Manager In Training in the JTB restaurant. After graduating from his training he was promoted to General Manager in our Lane Avenue location in Jacksonville.

James comes to us with extensive restaurant experience including over 10 years with TGIF, many of which he spent as a General Manager. He also has an extensive culinary background and graduated from Johnson and Wales in Charleston, SC. James is a talented, positive leader of people who we are excited to have in this important role in Lane Ave!

Please join us in congratulating James on his well-deserved promotion. We wish him continued success!

Liubov Syroizhko Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Liubov joined the Doherty team as part of the Florida acquisition. She began her career as a Host in March of 2013 and quickly worked her way up to Server then Bartender. Liubov became a neighborhood expert and helped to train many hourly associates.

Liubov is dedicated, hardworking and she strives to learn as much as possible about Front of House and Back of House. She is analytical in her thought process and is respected by the managers and associates alike.

Please join us in congratulating Liubov on her promotion to
MIT! We wish her continued success!

Jennifer Bono promote to Marketing Specialist

WOW Career DOHERTY

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer as a permanent full time employee of the Marketing department. She joined Doherty in June 2015 as a part time Marketing intern assistant in community for all concepts. Jennifer graduated from Ramapo College in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Jennifer has quickly become a key player on the Marketing team, doing a great job handling all concepts community requests and fulfillments. She has created and developed strong community ties for each concept. Jennifer attends community events to strengthen existing community relationships and develop new relationships to ensure that we WOW everyone all the time. She is a dedicated hard-working team player who is willing to assist anyone on the Marketing team.

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer as Doherty’s newest Marketing Specialist. We wish her continued success in this role!

Clifford Young promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Cliff joined the Doherty team in January of 2005 at the Bethpage restaurant as an Expo and worked his way up to become a Supervisor in the Woodmere restaurant in 2012. He ran the Woodmere kitchen for 2 years and then joined our management training program in 2014. Before working for Doherty, Cliff worked as a celebrity Chef in NYC.

Through his dedication and strong leadership, Cliff has developed a strong working relationship with the front of house staff as well as the back of house staff. He has proven to be a strong leader and always has a smile on his face. His calm demeanor and positive attitude, along with his commitment to WOW-ing the guests, make him the perfect choice for the Kitchen Manager of New Hyde Park.

Please join us in congratulating Cliff on his promotion!
We wish him continued success.

Michael Delucia promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Mike joined Doherty Enterprises in November of 2013. After completing his training in Mineola, he joined the Panera team in Staten Island Mall. Mike has experience in both full and quick service restaurants having worked for TGI Fridays, Starbucks and Gaylord Opryland hotel and convention center prior to joining the Doherty family.

Mike is an energetic manager never losing focus of the people side of the business. He leads his team with confidence and consistency providing a positive and upbeat environment for all associates. Since he understands how the profit chain moves, Mike is a firm believer in WOW-ing our people. He will do anything in his power to help his team succeed at work and in life.

As an operator, Mike is never afraid of the unexpected and works well under pressure. His positive nature is reassuring and calm. His ability to quickly analyze and adapt to the situation at hand ensures his team will be successful.
His experience in financials and analytics has made Mike a true asset to the Staten Island Mall team and the Doherty Brand.

Please join us in congratulating Mike on his promotion to Assistant General Manager. We wish him continued success!

Adam Johnston promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Adam started his Applebees career back in 1993 as a server in Indianapolis. After relocating to Florida, Adam worked under the previous franchisee. In April of 2014 he was promoted from within with Doherty to begin his management career. Since that time Adam worked hard to educate himself in kitchen operations to enable him to be very well rounded in Front Of House and Back Of House. Most recently he took on the training manager role, and has had great success in establishing a solid system in the Clark Road location.
Adam has also been working closely with our local schools and WOW’ing the community through off-site events. Adam genuinely cares about his employees and running a great restaurant,

Please join us in congratulating Adam on his well-deserved promotion. We wish him continued success!

Jason Cox promoted to Senior Manager

Jason started as a server for the Apple-Gold Group in 1999. In 2007 he was promoted to management as a bar manager. He also served as the service manager for two years. Jason and his family moved to Naples, FL in September 2014 and joined the Doherty family.

Jason’s leadership during the revitalization in his location made the decision easy to promote him into a management role within Doherty. His impact in the front of house over the past year and most recently in the kitchen have been critical to our success.

We congratulate Jason on his promotion to Senior Manager, and wish him continued success in his new role.

John Conlon promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Applebees

John joined Doherty in December of 2015 as a Manager in Training in our Margate location. After graduating the MIT program in March of 2016, John had taken on the assignment of managing the Front of House in our Pembroke Pines location. Prior to joining our team, John managed the Down Towner in South Florida for 11 years as well as aiding in the startup of their Dockers location.

John possess the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to achieve success at a higher management level and has been a great resource to Pembroke Pines.

Please join us in congratulating John on his well-deserved promotion to General Manager. We wish him continued success!

Norman Himmel Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Norman joined the Doherty team in January of 2015 as a Dishwasher. His work ethic and ability to learn quickly led to him being trained in all Back Of House positions. Norman became a BOH expert in late 2015 and in early 2016 he moved into the Front Of House.

It was evident that Norman was going to be an effective leader so in April of 2016 he was trained and promoted to Shift Supervisor. It’s nice to see his hard work and dedication pay off with his acceptance to the Manager In Training program.

Please join us in congratulating Norman on his promotion to
MIT! We wish him continued success!

Stephen Sompolski promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Stephen joined Doherty Enterprises in October 2005 as a Senior Manager at the Applebee's Hackettstown restaurant. He has demonstrated a strong power of analytical reasoning and always does a great job with monthly reviews and quarterly Business Plans.

Stephen continuously lends support and guidance to employees with contests and incentives in order to achieve restaurant goals. He constantly strives to improve his performance, as well as, the performance of our associates and always takes the initiative in solving problems. Stephen’s encouragement of teamwork amongst all and other essential Leadership Traits has earned him the notable Assistant General Manager title.

Please join us in congratulating Stephen on his well-deserved promotion. We wish him continued success!

Andrew Macchio promoted to Manager from an Hourly position

WOW Career Applebees

Promotion from Within to our Management Program

Andrew joined the Doherty team in November of 2013 at the Bethpage location as a Front of House hourly associate. After spending time in carside, he was promoted to supervisor. Andrew has worked hard as a supervisor in three different locations. He is skilled in front of house and back of house which makes him an asset to all of the stores he has served.

Most recently Andrew has been working in Westbury as a supervisor. Andrew is a dedicated employee, who works hard and is quick to help out. He leads by example and is consistent in his follow up; a real team player.

Please join us in congratulating Andrew on his promotion to
MIT! We wish him continued success!

Miriam Tomes promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Miriam has been a valued member of the management team in Florida since the 2013 Florida acquisition. Miriam has been with Applebee’s for over 10 years and was able to travel to New Jersey this past September to celebrate her 10 year anniversary at Doherty’s Service Awards. Miriam has worked for Doherty in Bartram Park location where she was a Training KM, Lane Ave, 103rd St, and most recently in St Augustine where she helped lead the restaurant without a GM and did a fantastic job while there.

Miriam does a great job in many facets of the job and we are very excited to have her talent, knowledge, and leadership in Orange Park as the new General Manager

Please join us in congratulating Miriam on her well-deserved promotion to General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Henry Streich promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Henry joined the Doherty Team in April of this year as a Manager in Training at Miller Place. After graduating the MIT program in June, Henry joined the Hillsborough team.

Henry’s enthusiasm and passion for the food service industry is both welcoming and contagious. He is known for his knowledge and attention to details. He always displays a high degree of honesty and loyalty and is a strong supporter of all organizational programs and activities.

Please join us in congratulating Henry on his important promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish him continued success!

Daniel Dagostino promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Daniel joined the Doherty team in February of 2014 in Westbury as an Assistant Kitchen Manager. He is a highly dedicated and self-motivated manager who leads the team with energy and enthusiasm.
Daniel does a great job at coaching and motivating the restaurant’s staff. He has helped in the development of many new managers and will have a bright future because of his continued desire for education and growing the business.
Please join us in congratulating Daniel on his promotion to Senior Manager. We wish him continued success!

Burchell Smart promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Burchell joined the Doherty Team in May of 2015 as a Manager in Training at East Farmingdale. After graduating the MIT program, Burchell remained as a part of the Farmingdale team.

Burchell is extremely dedicated to his work and is always looking for new ways to improve operations and the company. He is a natural leader and has earned the respect of his team by being enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable and supportive.

Please join us in congratulating Burchell on his important promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish him continued success!

Terri “Annie” Johnsen Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Annie joined the Doherty Team as a Line Cook in December of 2014 in our Waycross, GA location. From day one Annie distinguished herself as a smart, hard-working team member with a passion for doing the job right!

Annie was quickly recognized by her peers and leadership team as a spec and standards expert which led her to a promotion as a key Supervisor in Waycross. During her tenure in Waycross Annie has been instrumental in helping support improved standards, including a successful revitalization and the roll out of the Brand’s HCWF initiative. She has taken a lead role in training and developing associates while personally learning new skill sets to help further her development. We have no doubt that Annie will continue to be a successful member of the leadership team in her new role as a manager for Doherty Applebees!

Please join us in congratulating Annie on her promotion to
MIT! We wish her continued success!

Nicole Astalos Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career SR

Nicole joined the Doherty team at The Shannon Rose in August of 2015 as a bartender. Her strengths both as an employee and as a leader on the floor led to her quick promotion to Trainer and Supervisor in May 2016.

While working for the restaurant, Nicole continued to complete her Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University in Nutrition/Food Science, with a concentration in Food Management. As soon as she graduated in August of this year, Nicole entered the Management In Training program. Her educational expertise and attention to detail has lent itself to her success thus far. She continues to maintain a positive disposition and consistently goes above and beyond to exceed the exceptional level of Irish Hospitality that we represent at The Shannon Rose. We are so proud and honored to have her on our team!

Please join us in congratulating Nicole on her promotion to MIT. We wish her continued success in her new role!

Stephanie Scrocco promoted to Assistant Manager

WOW Career Panera

Stephanie worked for us as an Associate from September 2009 to October 2011. She rejoined us in August 2015 as an Associate and worked her way up to a Manager.

Stephanie is very passionate and enthusiastic about Panera/Doherty. She holds herself to a quality of work that reflects high professional standards. Stephanie displays a clear vision of goals that she expects of herself and her team. She is tremendously outgoing, engaging guests in a positive manner, and works to know each guest by name thus providing a WOW experience every time the guest visits.

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on her promotion to Assistant Manager. We wish her continued success!

Andy Wallace promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Andy joined Doherty in 2010 as an Assistant Manager. He quickly adapted to the quick service concept and developed a strong understanding of Panera tools and systems. Andy has played a key role in numerous cafes, including certified training locations and several new store openings. Most recently, Andy took the lead in many aspects of the transition to Panera 2.0 in Massapequa, resulting in a successful rollout.

Andy has a degree and a background in education and consistently applies this to teaching and developing those around him. He forms strong connections with his people, and has helped to develop numerous Associate Trainers and Zone Leaders in his cafes. He has also served as a resource for newer managers in the district, answering any questions and taking time out to pass along his knowledge to others.

Andy has a strong passion for Panera and exemplifies Doherty’s “WOW our People” culture on a daily basis. His creativity and ability to adapt to different situations and challenges are skills that have led to strong results in the cafes he has worked in.

Alexander Aguilar promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Alex joined the Doherty team in October 2013, and his passion and dedication to Panera since coming on board has been top notch.

Alex possesses a working comprehensive knowledge of Panera’s tools & systems. He effectively controls costs through economical utilization of personnel, materials & equipment.

Alex has a friendly outgoing personality and demonstrates a quiet confidence that has earned him the respect of his peers & subordinates. He holds himself to high standards of professional behavior and expects the same of his team. Alex displays a strong commitment to the organizations mission & values making sure to WOW his guests and team every day.

Jesse Bonilla promoted Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Jesse joined Doherty in 2008 as a server in the Butler Applebee’s. He worked his way up the ranks, and became a corporate trainer, before entering the Manager In Training Program in 2014. Jesse has done a great job demonstrating his commitment to our core values. He effectively assesses employee potential, and helps our people in their personal growth and development.

Energetic and positive, Jesse is exceptionally dependable and hard working. His leadership has had a huge impact on the people around him. He has a desire to coach, teach, and help everyone around him succeed. He has proven himself to be an excellent training manager, and works tirelessly to exceed guest expectations.

We congratulate Jesse on his promotion to Senior Manager, and wish him continued success in his new role.

Jessica Lampe promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Jessica joined Doherty in 2008 as an hourly associate. She quickly assumed a leadership role as an associate and became an Associate Trainer. The next step in her development saw her play an integral part in numerous New Store Openings as a lead Pro Team Trainer. Her leadership and management abilities stood out in this role and she was promoted to Shift Supervisor in April 2013. She excelled in this role and was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager in September 2013.

Jessica has a strong passion for Panera and exemplifies Doherty’s WOW culture on a daily basis. She has made connections with countless Associates and MIT’s as the primary Planet Bread facilitator in the NYC area. She has an impressive and extensive knowledge of Panera tools and systems and goes out of her way to share this with coworkers at every level.

Jessica has proven to be a strong leader and will do whatever it takes to get the job done, all with a smile on her face. Her commitment to our company and culture stands out and has always been consistent, regardless of the challenges she has faced in different cafes.

Erica Knoell promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Erica is a 4 ½ year tenured Manager with us who has worked very hard to achieve the Kitchen Manager position in Applebee’s Hillsborough.

Erica continually takes the initiative in solving problems and is continuously open and alert to new opportunities, techniques, and approaches to make things better in whatever restaurant she is working. She always displays a high degree of honesty and loyalty and is a strong supporter of all organizational programs and activities.

Please join us in congratulating Erica on her important promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish her continued success!

Richard Grooms Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Rick Grooms has been with Doherty Enterprises in Florida since the acquisition in 2013. Rick has an extensive background in restaurant management in his past. He started with Doherty as a server and a Neighborhood Expert.

Rick’s dedication to the training of the new associates in the St. Augustine location was easy to see, as he spent much time reviewing their classroom work as well as coaching on the floor. He was promoted to Supervisor earlier this year and excelled in the role, especially in the Front of the House. Rick is a confident, hard-working professional that we are proud to have on the Doherty team! We are very excited to see Rick get promoted and to continue to watch him grow into his new role!

Alexis Demarest Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Alex has been with Doherty Enterprises in Florida since the acquisition in 2013. She is cross trained in Carside, Host, Expo, Prep and Key. Alex is also a Neighborhood Expert and she became a Corporate Trainer while in the Naples restaurant.

Alex is always willing to jump in and help in every restaurant she has worked in. She is proactive with her team always providing top notch training and support to help her team succeed. Alex was a big part of helping the Treasure Coast when they were short staffed with managers. Alex WOW’s her guests and team every day.

Sarah Eveland promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Sarah joined the Doherty team in 2009 at our Union 2 restaurant as a server. She worked her way up, by becoming a Neighborhood Expert, and soon after became a bartender. She was then promoted to supervisor in Edison, where she quickly learned the ins and outs of the Back of House.

Sarah is an extremely hard worker, has a great eye for detail, has good organizational skills, and is well respected by the staff and management team. Sarah became a Corporate Trainer and helped with revitalizations in our Florida stores in 2014, and shortly after started MIT. Sarah has worked in multiple restaurants over the years, and was part of the Clark Applebees opening team as the Bar Manager, ultimately making her way to becoming the Assistant Kitchen Manager. While in the kitchen in Clark, she helped the restaurant achieve a 902 on their first ABA.

Sarah has done a tremendous job being fully involved in all new menu rollouts and has become the manager the staff goes to with any questions. Her knowledge and ambition to always learn more is outstanding and she is looking forward to continuing her development with hopes to make her way to Kitchen Manager.

Jayson Cabildo Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Noodles

Jayson has been a part of the Doherty team since October 2015, and his dedication to Noodles since coming on board has been top notch.

Jayson owns our mission and vision and delivers on it every day. He is a natural leader who leads by example setting clear expectations for his staff. Jayson connects and builds great relationships at all levels with the team and especially with the guest.

Jayson’s dedication to WOW and helping make us the best food service company in the communities we serve is unwavering. There is no doubt he will continue to deliver great results.

Please join us in congratulating Jayson on his promotion to MIT. We wish him continued success in his new role!

Danielle Rivera Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

Danielle started with Doherty in late summer of 2009 as a Server at the Applebee’s in Mt. Olive. During Danielle’s time in Mt. Olive she became a neighborhood expert, and cross trained to every position in both the front and back of house.

Danielle’s drive and dedication to Mt. Olive and Doherty Enterprises, led her to be promoted to supervisor two years ago. She has a demonstrated a great attention to detail, desire to learn, enthusiasm, and strong leadership qualities. Danielle WOW’s guests and her team every day.

Darrell Jackson promote to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

Darrell began his career with the Applebees group of Doherty Enterprises as a Manager In Training in Jersey Gardens in September of 2013. He has spent time in Jersey City, Newark, and Kearny in addition to Jersey Gardens.

As a Training Manager, Darrell updated all files into UltiPro and has helped keep training standards meeting expectations. He has also helped the Kearny restaurant achieve all points in the training section of its latest ABA. Darrell is also very involved with the hiring and orientating of new employees in Kearny. He also plays a major role in the continued development of the staff.

Darrell has been instrumental in improving guest service times in the dining room in Kearny. He consistently delivers a WOW atmosphere.

Paul Signoracci promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

Paul began his career with Doherty Enterprises in August of 2012 in the Farmingdale Applebee’s. He spent time in the Bethpage restaurant before joining the Westbury team as a Senior Manager.

Paul took over the kitchen six months ago and has done a great job managing the kitchen operations. Since taking over the kitchen, Paul has improved the Back Of House operations. Through his dedication and strong leadership, he has developed a strong working relationship with his staff.

Paul has proven to be a strong leader and always has a smile on his face. His calm demeanor and positive attitude, along with his commitment to WOW-ing the guests, make him the perfect choice for the Kitchen Manager of Westbury.

Jessica Curtin promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

Jessica joined the Doherty team in 2004 at our Manahawkin restaurant. Throughout her time with us, Jessica has held all Front of House positions. She was then promoted to supervisor where she quickly learned the ins and outs of the Back of the House.

Jessica is an extremely hard worker, has a great eye for detail, has good organizational skills, and is well respected by the staff and management team. Jessica stepped in to oversee two different kitchens, covering their kitchen managers’ leaves of absence. She has a great knowledge of BOH operations and her high energy approach to every shift keeps the staff and managers motivated.

Jessica is currently the training manager in Toms River and has done a tremendous job keeping track of all files and schedules and she earned a 100% in training on their last ABA. She worked hard to learn all about UltiPro and is the manager the staff goes to with any questions.

Richard Tarrell promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

Rick joined the Doherty team in 2002 as an hourly associate. He began as a Manager In Training in 2008 and worked in a key role in Applebee’s Manchester in 2011. Rick helped them to achieve and maintain training status and assisted in maintaining their Emerald ABA status.

Rick moved to Toms River and assisted in achieving the highest food safety and cleanliness scores on an Ecosure audit. He was asked to help with Florida Apple One conversions and worked to train and develop staff in multiple stores in Florida. Most recently in Applebee’s Brick, Rick has built a strong kitchen team and has achieved successes in all key metrics.

Rick has demonstrated outstanding performance in all competencies on a consistent basis. He is extremely dedicated, enthusiastic and highly respected by his team. Rick has truly become a “go-to” manager who leads his team in the right direction.

Michael Walsh promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career QSL

 

Mike started in 1999 as a bartender in the Lake Grove Applebee's. Through the years he became a member of the opening training team. Mike then moved to New Jersey and became a Kitchen manager at the Union 1 Applebees. Soon thereafter he was promoted to Regional Training Coordinator for Northern New Jersey and Western Long Island.

Mike went back into operations when the Clifton Shannon Rose opened and he opened the Woodbridge Shannon Rose. He is now part of the Brick QSL team. Since Mike has been here, we have been rewarded the G.A.S award for highest guest satisfaction for the entire company, improved our SMG score to 80% for taste of food, have maintained a consistent, below budget food cost and was selected again to be a test location for the company. We look forward to Mike’s experience in helping QSL Brick’s kitchen the best it can be!

Roberto Vieira De Mello promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Chevys

 

Rob joined Chevys as a Kitchen Manager in 2014, after successful tenures with Dinosaur BBQ, Chevys corporate location in Orlando Fla, as the Kitchen Manager and as the General Manager of Joes Crab Shack.

Rob assumed the role of the KM in Clifton right out of training, and was instrumental in helping develop many menu changes and limited time offer items. His tireless efforts during Cinco de Mayo have led us to our recent successes with those events. Rob has successfully run the restaurant in the absence of a GM, and during that time beat sales and profit budgets for 4 months running. His passion for Chevys food and our guests is second to none. We look forward to Rob’s influence as the GM of Chevys Clifton.

Please join us in congratulating Rob on his promotion to General Manager.
We wish him continued success!

Melissa Shannon Promotion from Within to our Management Program

WOW Career Applebees

 

Melissa joined the Doherty Team in August 2014 as a server at the Rockaway Applebees. Before her first year was through she was eager to learn every position that she could. Anything she set her mind to she accomplished and her goal was to help her team out anyway possible.

Melissa’s dedication to Doherty and hard work led her to be promoted to Supervisor within a year. Melissa has a thirst for knowledge, guest satisfaction, and strong leadership qualities.

Amahl Cain promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

Amahl started with Doherty Enterprises in 2008 as an hourly employee in Union 2. He has spent time in Jersey Gardens, Jersey City, North Bergen, and Newark among other restaurants.

Upon his arrival to the Newark Applebees, Amahl took over the training. Through is strong leadership, he has helped guide the training standards to improve file keeping and guest service standards. Amahl is very passionate about specs and standards and continues to focus the staff on them every day. He has rolled out the new bar program and improved the team morale by helping everyone with his knowledge. Amahl is a great teacher and has passion for what he does every day. He enjoys what he does and it shows in his ability to WOW his team and guests every day.

Please join us in congratulating Amahl on his promotion to Senior Manager. We wish him continued success!

Stephanie Schaefering promoted to Assistant General Manager

 

WOW Career Panera

 

Stephanie joined the Doherty team in March 2007 as an Assistant Manager.

Stephanie is a strong leader who makes maximum use of all her resources to effectively allocate her time in relation to her priorities. She is extremely knowledgeable over a wide range of job responsibilities and is always willing to help wherever needed. Stephanie is always open to new ideas and does a great job of juggling many tasks and projects. She is very interactive with her guests and staff always ensuring a WOW experience.

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on her promotion to Assistant General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Estela Ferreira promoted to Assistant Manager

WOW Career Panera

 

Estela joined the Doherty team as an hourly associate in December of 2012 in the Patchogue café.

Estela displays a quiet confidence which has earned her the respect of her peers and subordinates. She has developed the skills needed to maintain the highest standards of professional excellence, which allows her to handle stressful situations in a calm courteous manner. Estela always keeps situations in their proper perspective allowing her to create a WOW experience for her team and guests.

Please join us in congratulating Estela on her promotion to Assistant Manager. We wish her continued success!

Dan Zederbaum promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Assistant Manager, Dan Zederbaum, has been promoted to the Kitchen Manager position in Bridgewater. Dan fully understands the needs and requirements of this important position and is ready to do whatever it takes to succeed. Dan always handles situations that arise in a calm, objective manner, and displays trust and mutual understanding amongst the team. He can be relied upon to meet schedules and deadlines. Dan is eager to assume greater responsibility in the KM position.

Please join us in congratulating Dan on his promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish him continued success!

Deborah Lyn promoted to Senior Manager

 

WOW Career Applebees

 

Deborah joined the Doherty team in October 2011 as a Manager.

Deborah takes ownership of the restaurant and gets projects done to completion. She is great at connecting with guests, visiting tables and creating regulars in the restaurant ensuring that all have a WOW experience. Deborah leads by example creating a good work environment for the guests and staff. She takes feedback well and always work towards improving her performance. She works with consistency and is very dedicated.

Please join us in congratulating Deborah on her promotion to Senior Manager. We wish her continued success!

Leon Jewett promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

 

I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Leon Jewett on his promotion from Senior manager to Kitchen Manager at our training store in N. Fort Myers. Leon joined Doherty at our Cape Coral location transferring from Apple America in Seattle in 2013. He was instrumental in transforming the Cape location to Doherty quality operation. He followed this with a very solid performance at our Fruitville Road location earning his promotion to Senior Manager. I was very happy when he expressed interest in retuning to my market as the Kitchen Manager in this critical training location. It has been clear since Leon’s arrival that he loves to coach and teach and is a great fit for this new role.

Please join us in congratulating Leon on his promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish him continued success!

Alberto Traficante promoted to General Manager

 

WOW Career Applebees

I hope that everyone will join me in congratulating Alberto Traficante on his promotion to General Manager of our South Fort Myers location. Many of you know that Bert had a very successful run as the General Manager of our Chevy’s location in Clifton New Jersey. To my good fortune Bert decided to move his family to the Fort Myers area and join our team at Applebee’s. It was clear in the interview process and in Bert’s time in our GM MIT program that he was a strong leader with great core values. I am very excited to have Bert lead our South Fort Myers location to the next level and finishing 2016 strong and setting up a great 2017.
Please join us in congratulating Bert on his promotion to General Manager. We wish him continued success

Lauren Scharbach promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Panera

 

Lauren joined the Doherty team in April 2003 as an Associate in our East Northport café.

Lauren is a strong leader that knows how to motivate her team to get the job done. She leads by example and always creates a positive atmosphere for her team. Lauren is a great listener and understands the drivers needed to create a successful restaurant.

Lauren greets and connects with all guests & her associates during her shifts to ensure a WOW experience is had by all.

Please join us in congratulating Lauren on her promotion to Assistant General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Tania Aguilar promoted to Assistant General Manager

 

WOW Career Panera

 

Tania joined the Doherty team in June 2005 as an Assistant Manager in our Plainview café.

Tania is consistently working on ways to improve the cafe's performance and has established herself as a leader of the café. She is approachable and is seen as a resource for her team, associates & managers alike. Tania greets and connects with all guests & her associates during her shifts to ensure a WOW experience is had by all.

Please join us in congratulating Tania on her promotion to Assistant General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Guillermo Gomez promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Guillermo joined the Doherty team in Hackensack in 2007. Shortly after, Guillermo was trained as a Host and Server. Due to his hard word he was promoted to a Neighborhood Expert in 2009 where he earned the title of Expert with most miles in 2010. During this time Guillermo also helped train several managers in our company due to being in a training store. In 2013, Guillermo was promoted to Supervisor and quickly became a PFW in 2014 training in Totowa where he would remain and again helped train several managers for Doherty. More recently Guillermo sacrificed his time to travel to Florida to support the training process and help bring the WOW culture to the Sunshine State.

Since joining the team in Paramus, Guillermo has really established himself as a leader. Guillermo has successfully implemented all new initiatives this year through his initiative and tenacity. He is very hands on as well as knowledgeable in all areas both Front and Back Of House. Guillermo has set excellent standards of service and held staff accountable all while maintaining a fun and positive work environment. Guillermo has also helped develop the next group of Supervisors who surely will have the opportunity to be PFW’s in the future due to his leadership and coaching abilities.

Please join us in congratulating Guillermo on his well-deserved promotion to Senior Manager! We wish him continued Success!

Amanda Soloway promoted to General Manager

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It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Amanda Soloway to the General Manager role of our Cape Coral location.
Since Amanda’s return over a year ago she has continue to deliver a WOW experience for our guests and team members. Initially taking a challenging kitchen at our Colonial location and having a tremendous impact in all facets of kitchen operations. Then taking over a training store kitchen at our North Fort Myers store making further improvements. Her coaching style balancing expectations and standards with praise and recognition has been the key to her success and will serve her well in her new role.
Please join us in congratulating Amanda on her promotion to General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Jackie Sarden promoted to Kitchen Manager

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Jackie joined the Doherty team in May of 2016 after beginning her career working for the Apple Gold franchise group for 3 years in the Charlotte market.

Jackie brings a vast Back Of House knowledge, a high energy level, and wants to continue to learn and grow her career moving forward. With Jackie on board in the Back Of House, the restaurant in Bartram has begun to train new MITS and also recently received an 868 ABA.

We look forward to a bright career for Jackie with Doherty Enterprises!

Please join us in congratulating Jackie on her promotion to Kitchen Manager. We wish her continued success.

Ashley Morrissey promoted to General Manager

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Ashley joined the Doherty family in October of 2014 after a lengthy and successful tenure as a training GM for Panera Bread. After completing training in Jacksonville, FL Ashley relocated to Brunswick, GA which brought her closer to family living on the Golden Isles. From the moment she joined the team Ashley was recognized for her hard work and commitment level. Ashley is a self- starter that has worked tirelessly to become a specs and standards expert! She helped guide the restaurant through a successful revitalization last summer and continues to work on the development of her team in her new role as the GM in Brunswick.
Please join us in congratulating Ashley on her promotion to General Manager. We wish her continued success!

Georgina D'Ambrosio promoted from an Hourly position to Assistant Manager

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Georgina joined the Doherty team as an hourly associate in May of 2015 in the Glen Cove café.

Georgina is a hard worker who made an immediate impact displaying a high level of ownership and dedication to the café. She quickly earned Zone Leader and then Shift Supervisor. Georgina is a strong leader who creates a positive atmosphere that encourages full participation from her associates. Determined to grow and develop, Georgina is quick to anticipate and respond to each problem that occurs, leading to a WOW experience for guests in every situation.

Please join us in congratulating Georgina on her promotion to Assistant Manager. We wish her continued success!