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Employees

The Doherty Enterprises, Inc. Executive Team consists of blended talents designed to continue the company's profitability and growth, while protecting the philosophies and commitment to World Class Service that began more than 25 years ago. We are pleased to present the members of our Executive Team, who through their tireless leadership, vision and dedication have helped Doherty Enterprises move closer to our vision "To Be The Best Food-Service Company in the Tri-State Area

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Ed Doherty

Ed Doherty

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Doherty started Doherty Enterprises in 1985 when he acquired 19 Roy Rogers Restaurants from Marriott Corporation, thus becoming Roy Rogers largest franchisee.  Ed is a graduate of Chaminade High School on Long Island and St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, where he earned his B.S. in Marketing in 1968.    Originally employed by Mobil Oil Corporation, first as a Territory Sales Representative in Brooklyn, NY and subsequently as a Real Estate Manager, Ed also attended St. ...
Ed Choe

Ed Choe

President
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Mr. Choe joined Doherty Enterprises in June 2009 as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, to help continue the company's growth and success. Mr. Choe joined us after spending the last 25 years at Wendy's, starting as an MIT with a New York / New Jersey franchisee. He quickly progressed to become Chief Operating Officer of that 45-restaurant company. Ed then joined Wendy's International in 1998 as Division Vice President of its NY Division with responsibility for 100 company and 300 ...
Jerry  Marcopoulos

Jerry Marcopoulos

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Mr. Marcopoulos joined Doherty Enterprises in January 1997 to help lead our company as it rapidly grew.   After obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Public Accounting from Pace University in 1983, Mr. Marcopoulos started his career working for Price Waterhouse Cooper. During his five years there, he was responsible for providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to a diverse clientele ranging from small private companies to large public multi-divisional ...
David DiBartolo

David DiBartolo

Vice President of Operations – Applebee's
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David DiBartolo was the first executive hired by Doherty Enterprises for the Applebee's Division. He graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management. David is a member of the Operations Council for A.S.I and has more than 40 years of successful and progressive experience in the restaurant industry.   David joined Doherty in 1993 after having a very successful career at Charlie Brown's Restaurants. He held several positions with them including ...
Gregory K. George

Gregory K. George

Vice President of Operations - Panera Bread
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Mr. George has more than twenty years of leadership experience in food-service management. Before joining Doherty Enterprises, he held the position of District Manager at Lackmann Culinary Services, where he oversaw the total food-service operations for more than fifteen different prestigious companies throughout New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. The scope of his position included the overall operation of employee dining, executive dining rooms, special-event catering (on- and ...
Kathleen Coughlin

Kathleen Coughlin

Vice President of Human Resources and Training
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Kathleen Coughlin is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in both Secondary Education and History. She also earned her Teacher Certification for the High School level.   Kathy began her restaurant career at Gilbert/Robinson aka Houlihan's Restaurant group. Her first role was as a Regional Training Manager for the Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City markets, and she then went on to hold various other positions in Operations, Franchising, Restaurant Openings, Recruiting and Training. In ...
Mike Veneziano

Mike Veneziano

VP, Finance
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Mr. Veneziano has more than twenty years of finance and accounting experience in the franchise finance market and in franchise business-operation development. He earned his M.B.A. in Finance, with a second concentration in Accounting, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His undergraduate studies were completed at Rutgers University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics/Business Administration.   Mr. Veneziano began his franchise finance career as Director of Credit with Finova Capital ...
Kurt Pahlitzsch

Kurt Pahlitzsch

VP, Specialty Restaurants
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Mr. Pahlitzsch has more than sixteen years of restaurant managerial experience. He has an A.A.S. degree in Computers and a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Mr. Pahlitzsch also was selected to attend and receive training from the Ecole Hotelier in Switzerland.   Upon completion of his schooling, Mr. Pahlitzsch joined Bennigan's. There he became the youngest General Manager in their history, and within three years was promoted to Executive ...
Shannon Portell

Shannon Portell

VP, New Concept Development
Ms. Portell first joined Doherty Enterprises while she was attending local schools in Bergen County. She gained her restaurant background while working at the Paramus Applebee's, where she served in various capacities.   Ms. Portell graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. She also was a four-year Division I collegiate athlete. After graduating from Lehigh, she worked for Dennis Publishing as a Marketing Manager for their Online Division, which included ...
Tim Doherty

Tim Doherty

VP, Real Estate & Construction
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Tim Doherty first joined Doherty Enterprises as a Server's Assistant and Host in 1994 with the opening of Doherty's third Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, located in Paramus, New Jersey. He remained with the company on a part-time basis while attending Lehigh University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Finance. During that time, Tim became a certified Applebee's Trainer as a Server, Host and Server's Assistant.   Upon graduating from Lehigh in 1999, Tim moved to ...
TJ Stallone

TJ Stallone

TJ Stallone joined Doherty Enterprises in December 2013 as the Vice President of Information Technology. He has over sixteen years of experience in the technology field with a strong focus on Datacenter Engineering and Security. Prior to joining Doherty, TJ spent eight years as the technology leader of a growing SAAS company, helping to build an infrastructure that allowed the company to see an average of 20% growth Q/Q. Prior to that, TJ built a global IT presence for The Gale Company ...