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Charanjeet Singh promoted to Senior Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Doherty

Charanjeet joined the Doherty team in 2015 as an MIT. Upon graduating MIT he joined the Elmont Applebee’s management team.

Charanjeet consistently embodies a positive, guest-first attitude that is evident in the well-functioning nature of FOH and BOH during his shifts. He is hardworking and possesses drive, skill, and the willingness to be a team player and a leader. Charanjeet hold himself account for all aspects of the restaurant. He expects the best from his team and hold himself to the same standard. Despite this fact, Charanjeet maintains a fun, low stress work environment for his team. He is well known for energetic, entertaining, and informative Power Shifts.

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

Joan Skudera promoted to Lease Administrator

WOW Career Doherty

Joan joined the Real Estate team earlier this year as an Assistant Lease Administrator.

Joan has shown commitment to her role. Since coming aboard she has displayed an eagerness to be a team player in order to contribute and support the department wherever needed. Joan’s constant attention to detail and consistent ability to deliver solid results highlights her importance to the team. Her continued dedication will certainly enhance the Real Estate Development Team as we support the company and its overall goals.

In her new role Joan will handle all lease administration. She will also take on a series of special projects while also working directly with property managers to resolve any issues that arise.

Please join us in congratulating Joan on her promotion to Lease Administrator.

Renee Price promoted to Assistant General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Renee began her journey with Applebee’s in 2011 as a hostess. In 2013 she joined the Doherty team as a server/bartender during our acquisition of Gator Apple. She was promoted to manager in 2016.

In early 2018 Renee was promoted to Senior Manager in our West Palm Applebee’s. In her new management role Renee helped her team achieve a 970 SPA. Renee has acquired the respect and trust of every team she has encountered because she is hardworking, fair and very knowledgeable in all aspects of the restaurant. She has become the heartbeat of our West Palm Applebee’s. Renee holds herself accountable to WOW her team to guarantee everyone’s success.

Renee’s dedication to WOW extends to her guests and community. She has been instrumental in driving Breakfast with Santa sales, St. Patty’s sales, and Alex Lemonade sales. Renee has truly grasped the “Neighborhood” feel makes her guests become regulars.

Please join me in congratulating Renee on her promotion to Assistant General Manager. We look forward to her continued success with Doherty!

Serrin Dongen promoted to Executive General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Serrin began her Applebee’s career in 2005 as a Carside Server and has since worked various positions including Server, Bartender and Expo. She joined the Doherty team as General Manager in our Okeechobee restaurant after the acquisition of the Applebee’s Florida and Georgia markets.
As a new GM Serrin helped Okeechobee become store of the year. She used her acquired knowledge to positively affect the financial and guest results. Serrin’s dedication to Applebee’s has helped earn her team numerous Green ABA’s and 100% on Ecosure Food Safety. Needless to say, Serrin has been instrumental in making Okeechobee a training store and in training some of our most promising Supervisors and Managers.
Serrin has helped in the Jacksonville Market when they were down managers. She worked with MITs and managers in both St. Augustine and Bartram for six (6) weeks. Since then, Serrin has taken Port St. Lucie under her wing. Serrin’s hard work has made her an invaluable member of the Doherty team!
Please join us in congratulating Serrin on her promotion to Executive General Manager! We wish her continued success!

Natasha De Gannes promoted to General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Natasha joined the Doherty team in 2005 as a server/ host in our Hackensack location.

In March of 2005, Natasha was then promoted to Neighborhood Expert in March and was also promoted to bartender. Eager to embed herself in the Applebee's culture she cross trained as a car side associate. Natasha did not stop there! She later gained knowledge in BOH and shortly after became a supervisor.

Natasha went into MIT program and trained in Union starting July 2008. After graduating MIT she then transferred to Paramus. She supported the region by helping in many different restaurants before she ended up in Clifton in December 2012. Natasha was promoted to Senior Manager in September 2013 and then Assistant General Manager in the beginning of 2016.

Natasha has always handled all tasks and projects in a timely manner. She has been a vital part of Clifton’s success by engaging with the staff and constant coaching of the team. She has developed great sustainable relationships not only with the staff but also engaging with our guests. Natasha has always held herself accountable in driving great results with her can do attitude and her ability to WOW every guest. She has been a great mentor & teacher to many managers and supervisors that she has worked with in the past.

Natasha has been successful in every restaurant and we look forward to her continued success as the General Manager in Northvale.

Jeff Hochberg promoted to Assistant General Manager Panera

 WOW Career Panera

Jeff joined the Doherty team as an hourly associate in July 2015 in the Hicksville café.

Jeff is a hard worker who made an immediate impact displaying a high level of ownership and dedication to the café. He quickly earned Trainer and Zone Leader status in Hicksville and was later promoted to Shift Supervisor in our Island Park café in December 2015. Following this promotion, Jeff was promoted to Manager in our Valley Stream café in May 2016.

Determined to grow and develop, Jeff is quick to anticipate and respond to each problem that occurs, leading to a WOW experience for guests in every situation. He has shown every characteristic of a true leader. Jeff takes the time to get to know the staff very well, allowing him to target their professional development. He has been the primary force behind most of the training in the café; thus developing a winning team that sticks together. Jeff is quick to step in and help resolve any employee disputes and is always fair in deciding outcomes.

Jeff also excels operationally. He takes strides to notice potential issue before they arise, comes up with a plan, and insures that the problem never happens. He is quick on his feet but purposeful in his decision making. Jeff’s detailed oriented nature has played a major role in the café’s success on the past three (3) eco sure audits.

 

Paul Serra promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Chevys

Paul Serra joined Doherty in 2016 as an MIT in our Clifton Chevy.

He immediately made an impact in operations, from the Front door to the back dock. Paul has helped increase productivity and profitability in every area of the restaurant he helps supervise. He has been instrumental in mentoring other managers, and is the go to when the GM is unavailable. Through his dedication and strong leadership, Paul has developed a strong working relationship with his staff. While supervising he kitchen Paul has helped lower food cost, labor cost, and score a 95 average on our food safety inspections His promotion to KM is well deserved!

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 Chevy’s Clifton

Lucy McGeary promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Lucy joined the Doherty team in 2016 as an MIT. She trained in our JTB Applebee’s and stayed with the JTB after graduating MIT.

Lucy has always been driven to learn and master every position in the restaurant. She has cross trained on all front and back of house positions but has found a passion for BOH operations. In 2017 Lucy transferred to St. Augustine to take over the kitchen.

Lucy has advanced her career by displaying solid leadership skills, a tremendous amount of operational knowledge, and an understanding of Doherty’s commitment to WOW in the Florida market. She has a positive attitude and never settles for anything less than excellence.

Daniel Bratcher promoted to VP Controller

 WOW Career DOHERTY

It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Daniel Bratcher to VP Controller. Danny joined Doherty Enterprises in 2001 as an Accounts Payable clerk. He quickly proved his value to the company and has continued to excel and advance as a member of the Home Office Team. Over the years, he has been promoted to Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, Assistant Controller, and in 2015, Danny was promoted to Controller.

Always a pleasure to work with, Danny can be counted on to get the job done, no matter what obstacles he faces. He has truly grown in the role of Controller. Danny has never turned down a challenge and has displayed leadership, focus, and determination every step of the way.

Brandi Galloway promoted to General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career ApplebeesBrandi started as a server in 2012. She joined the Doherty team as a manger in our Okeechobee location during the acquisition of Gator Apple in 2013.

Brandi was a major asset to the opening of Okeechobee because she is driven and focused on developing a winning team. Her efforts helped Okeechobee become a training store in our FL market. In 2015 Brandi was promoted to Senior Manager and in 2017 she was promoted to Assistant General Manager. Under her guidance, Okeechobee earned two (2) 900 ABA’s and several MIT’s have been successfully trained.

Brandi is a leader whose passion for WOW is clear in the way she interacts with guests and her team. She is quick to resolve any sub-standard issues that may arise and is always prepared with potential solutions for larger business concerns. Brandi’s consistency with her words and actions has earned the trust and confidence of the Management Team.

 

Robert Taliaferro promoted to General Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Robert joined the Doherty team earlier this year as an MIT. He has over 30 years of experience in the Restaurant and Hospitality Business.

Prior to joining our FL market, Robert worked with Dave & Busters as a KM and Regional Manager for eight (8) years. In additional to holding several leadership titles, he also worked with Stir Crazy for nine (9) years as a GM and Regional Partner.

Robert is a strong leader and has proven to be the right fit for Applebee’s Bartram. He possesses quality expertise that we are excited to see transferred to the Bartram team! He recognizes the importance of both long and short term strategic planning and confidently communicates these goals to his team. Robert is great at developing positive working relationships and is always sincere in his ambitions and objectives.

Christopher Mignault promoted to Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Chris joined the Doherty team in 2013 as a Line Cook in our Stuart Applebee’s.

Chris is extremely passionate about his job. He has a positive attitude and never settles for anything less than excellence. In 2016 Chris transferred to Port St. Lucie and entered our Supervisor Training Program where we quickly exceled. He has been instrumental in running several kitchens in our Florida market. Chris quickly jumps in wherever needed with both precision and focus. In 2017 he helped Pprt St. Lucie achieve operational excellence award as well as highest company ABA in 2017. Chris was also instrumental in helping the PSl team achieve record breaking sales during St Patty’s day week!

Chris has truly embraced the WOW culture and lives it every day; he also encourages his team to do the same. He is able to identify issue that need improvement and is constantly looking for any opportunity to perform better.

Anthony Clarke promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Anthony joined the Doherty team as an Assistant Manager in our Long Island City bakery-café’.

Anthony possesses an energetic and passionate nature that brings positive results in the cafes he has worked. With his emphasis on operations Anthony also focuses on team building, staffing with qualified candidates and driving financials in the café’. He takes initiative and has proven to be a key leader most recently in our Bay Terrace bakery-cafe.

Anthony continuously rises to the occasion and has taken on more responsibilities in the café. He is well respected by his team and is well versed in all Panera tools and systems. He is always focused on WOW-ing guests with a great experience during every visit.

Jeff Mata promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career PaneraJeff joined the Doherty team in 2014 as an MIT before joining Hicksville café as an Assistant Manager.

Jeff has proven himself to be a hardworking and motivated member of his management team. He displays an eagerness to learn and improve his skills on a daily basis. Jeff is fully committed to providing a WOW experience for each of his guests.

Bris Shirley promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Bris joined the Doherty team in 2016 as an MIT. After graduating MIT he joined the Colonial management team.

Bris’ leadership was instrumental in supporting the Colonial restaurant during a period of significant management turnover in the Summer of 2016. As service manager he created and implemented a plan to improve Guest satisfaction at the store and improved Colonials Overall Satisfaction from 77% to 83.9 moving the store from last to first in his market for the second half of 2017.

Bris took the lead in closing and re-opening the store when hurricane Irma struck in September of 2017 since his GM was trapped in the New Jersey. In 2018 he transferred to Cape Coral to assume responsibility for their kitchen. Bris has established himself as a major part of the management team. He always displays an eagerness to improve the restaurant’s operations and, as a result, continues to grow himself. Best of luck in this newest chapter of life.

 

Jillian Hale promoted to Senior Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Jillian joined the Doherty team in November 2016 as an MIT.

Jillian always gives 110%. She takes on the role of leader, team member, and student. Jillian aids the hiring process while also conducting training. She has worked on her Bar and Expo knowledge thoroughly enough to be of greater assistance during busy shifts. Jillian’s knowledge of BOH and FOH ensure that the restaurant run fluidly under her guidance.

Through her strong work ethic and commitment to the WOW culture, Jillian is always willing to lend a helping hand to ensure guest and staff satisfaction. And it is not unusual to see Jillian stay until the job gets done.

Jillian has built great relationships with both her co-workers and guests and is a favorite among them! She has proven to be a pleasure to work with and there is no doubt Jillian will succeed in a higher management role.

 

Tania Aguilar promoted to General Manager Panera Bread

WOW Career Panera

Tania joined the Doherty team as an Assistant Manager.

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.

In 2016 Tania was promoted to Assistant General Manager in our Garden City cafe’. In addition to her leadership role she managed to become a key player in teaching future café managers. Tania worked on getting employees to move up in the company. She used her knowledge of Panera and Doherty to help shape the culture of her team and earn a promotion to General Manager.

 

Charanjeet Singh promoted to Senior Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Charanjeet joined the Doherty team in 2015 as an MIT. Upon graduating MIT he joined the Elmont Applebee’s management team.

Charanjeet consistently embodies a positive, guest-first attitude that is evident in the well-functioning nature of FOH and BOH during his shifts. He is hardworking and possesses drive, skill, and the willingness to be a team player and a leader. Charanjeet hold himself account for all aspects of the restaurant. He expects the best from his team and hold himself to the same standard. Despite this fact, Charanjeet maintains a fun, low stress work environment for his team. He is well known for energetic, entertaining, and informative Power Shifts.

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

Zayne Clements promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Zayna transferred from Apple American group and already had a strong understanding of every FOH positions. She quickly moved through each department including all BOH positions and eventually becoming a certified trainer.

In July 2017 she graduated from our SIT program in Parsippany. Since being promoted she has given support to Totowa, Hackensack & Northvale helping wherever she was needed. She has proven to excel in guest service recognizing and understanding guests needs with her outgoing and can do attitude. Zayna has proven to be a good leader with her natural assertiveness and directing staff when necessary. She works at a very high work pace and sets a good example for other to follow. Zayna always has a positive outlook and it clearly impacts morale and the team around her. During her time with us she has proven to be well organized and goes into every shift ready to connect and wow our guests and staff under her wing as needed.

Jennifer Orellana Funes promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Jennifer joined the Doherty team in May of 2017 as an MIT.

Upon graduating from MIT, Jennifer joined the team in Hialeah. Entering a very high volume location was not a problem and Jennifer applied her new found Doherty knowledge to her already rock solid leadership skills. Her ability to adapt helped to move the Hialeah kitchen forward.
In December 2017, Jennifer joined another high volume kitchen, this time in Cutler Bay. She brought her energy, passion and leadership to her team and helped move the team forward as a whole. She is a strong communicator and has helped instill stronger training programs as well. Jennifer’s biggest strengths are in employee relationship building and communication.

Jennifer is committed to the company’s goals and takes pride in contributing to the success of the organization. She excels in analyzing and adjusting work procedures for maximum efficiency, which are very important traits to have as a new Kitchen Manager. Her dedication and work ethic is unsurpassed and has earned her this promotion.

Robert Mintzer promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Robert was hired as a Senior Manager in our Woodbridge Applebee’s in 2013.

While at Doherty, he has shown his ability and willingness to grow into leadership roles and has continued to accept and succeed in meeting Doherty’s standards.
Robert has proven to be a very valuable part of a winning team and is a very independent contributor that needs little supervision. He has always been organized and sticks to the tasks at hand. Robert is a great listener and has displayed consistency in his words and actions. He has great work ethic while always keeping high energy and has proven to always help others along the way. Robert always displays a positive outlook and has shown assertiveness with a take charge attitude.

 

Melissa Van de Bogart promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Melissa joined Doherty Enterprises in 2017 as an MIT.

Prior to joining Doherty Melissa spent several years working as a manager in a local Fort Myer’s restaurant called Boulevard Tavern. After graduating from our MIT program, Melissa became a service manager in our Naples restaurant. She immediately demonstrated a strong passion for service and training. With Melissa on the team, Naples managed to achieve the highest overall guest satisfaction score in Jesse Butler’s region in 2017.Additionally, under Melissa’s careful eye Naples received the highest level of TED usage hovering consistently in the high 40% range. She added the bar to her responsibilities. Melissa eagerly took on the challenge of increasing bar sales. She put together an education process for her servers supported by targeted contest that resulted in an increase in Q-4 2017 of 12.6% over prior year and Q-1 of 2018 of 6%.

Melissa has earned the trust and respect from her team through clear communication and consistency in policy and procedures. She is constantly working on creating and improving every guest’s experience and ensuring that they all enjoy a comfortable, fun atmosphere during their visit. Melissa has embraced her role as a brand ambassador and continues to drive her team to win and WOW.

Kelsey Wilson promoted to Senior Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Kelsey joined the Doherty team in 2016 as a MIT.

Kelsey is a newlywed, Disney guru, and a mom to two puppies in addition to being one of Florida City’s most supportive managers. She goes above and beyond what is expected and obtains positive results through immediate action and hard work. Kelsey is an excellent counselor and communicates clearly and concisely. She uses her abilities to the fullest and is confident in her decisions. Her verbal commitments are always consistent with her actions and she has a knack for turning complaints into opportunities. Kelsey is able to perform a broad range of assignments with efficiency and accuracy.

Joni Croce promoted to Assistant General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Joni joined the Doherty team in 2015 as a MIT at our Hicksville Panera. After graduating MIT Joni joined our Walt Whitman team.

Throughout her time with Doherty, Joni has proven to be a leader and is a true asset to our company. She understands the importance of leading by example and being fair and consistent. Joni is friendly and encourages communication with her team members. She strives towards WOW-ing every guest, every time with a great experience and a great atmosphere. Joni makes an effort to make each of her guests feel comfortable when they enter the doors of her Panera location.

Adaptable and hard-working, Joni always leads her team by example. She is a take charge individual, motivator to her staff, and spec driven. Joni demonstrates an unwavering commitment to product quality and holds her team to the same standard.

 

Daniel Dagostino promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Daniel joined the Doherty team in March of 2014 as an Assistant Kitchen Manager in our Westbury Applebee’s.

Daniel has a positive attitude and is great at managing relationships and developing staff. He understands our “WOW” culture and has a true passion for hospitality and service. Daniel has complete understanding of the inventory process and is always organized and accurate. He was major player in getting Bellmore’s BOH cost under control. Additionally, Daniel is fluent in both BOH and FOH operations. He is also very good at identifying issues and putting an action plan into place to correct them.

Stephen Rubino promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Stephen joined the Doherty team in 2007 as a host in our New Hyde Park Applebee’s location. In 2015 he was promoted to Supervisor.
Stephen has been crossed training in both FOH and BOH operations. His knowledge of both areas make his shifts function like a well-oiled machine. Stephen is hard working and exhibits motivation and ability to be a team player. These attributes have made him a successful leadership. Stephen holds himself accountable for all aspects of the restaurant and he expects the same of his staff. He exemplifies a tremendous devotion to the Applebee’s brand and a genuine dedication to WOW-ing every guest and team member.

Stephen lives Doherty’s values every day and is committed to WOW culture in everything he does. His willingness to do what it takes helped him through the ranks. Stephen is very eager to learn and grow and takes a pro-active approach in learning all systems and processes within the restaurants.

 

Jeff Hochberg promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Jeff joined the Doherty team as an hourly associate in July 2015 in the Hicksville café.

Jeff is a hard worker who made an immediate impact displaying a high level of ownership and dedication to the café. He quickly earned Trainer and Zone Leader status in Hicksville and was later promoted to Shift Supervisor in our Island Park café in December 2015. Following this promotion, Jeff was promoted to Manager in our Valley Stream café in May 2016.

Determined to grow and develop, Jeff is quick to anticipate and respond to each problem that occurs, leading to a WOW experience for guests in every situation. He has shown every characteristic of a true leader. Jeff takes the time to get to know the staff very well, allowing him to target their professional development. He has been the primary force behind most of the training in the café; thus developing a winning team that sticks together. Jeff is quick to step in and help resolve any employee disputes and is always fair in deciding outcomes.

Jeff also excels operationally. He takes strides to notice potential issue before they arise, comes up with a plan, and insures that the problem never happens. He is quick on his feet but purposeful in his decision making. Jeff’s detailed oriented nature has played a major role in the café’s success on the past three (3) eco sure audits.

Please join us in congratulating Jeff on his promotion to Assistant General Manager. Looking forward to his impact on positive results in Valley Stream. We wish him continued success!

Paul Serra promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Chevys

Paul Serra joined Doherty in 2016 as an MIT in our Clifton Chevy.

He immediately made an impact in operations, from the Front door to the back dock. Paul has helped increase productivity and profitability in every area of the restaurant he helps supervise. He has been instrumental in mentoring other managers, and is the go to when the GM is unavailable. Through his dedication and strong leadership, Paul has developed a strong working relationship with his staff. While supervising he kitchen Paul has helped lower food cost, labor cost, and score a 95 average on our food safety inspections His promotion to KM is well deserved!

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 Chevy’s Clifton

Lucy McGeary promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Lucy joined the Doherty team in 2016 as an MIT. She trained in our JTB Applebee’s and stayed with the JTB after graduating MIT.

Lucy has always been driven to learn and master every position in the restaurant. She has cross trained on all front and back of house positions but has found a passion for BOH operations. In 2017 Lucy transferred to St. Augustine to take over the kitchen.

Lucy has advanced her career by displaying solid leadership skills, a tremendous amount of operational knowledge, and an understanding of Doherty’s commitment to WOW in the Florida market. She has a positive attitude and never settles for anything less than excellence.

Daniel Bratcher promoted to VP Controller

 WOW Career Doherty

It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Daniel Bratcher to VP Controller. Danny joined Doherty Enterprises in 2001 as an Accounts Payable clerk. He quickly proved his value to the company and has continued to excel and advance as a member of the Home Office Team. Over the years, he has been promoted to Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, Assistant Controller, and in 2015, Danny was promoted to Controller.

Always a pleasure to work with, Danny can be counted on to get the job done, no matter what obstacles he faces. He has truly grown in the role of Controller. Danny has never turned down a challenge and has displayed leadership, focus, and determination every step of the way.

Brandy Galloway promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Brandi started as a server in 2012. She joined the Doherty team as a manger in our Okeechobee location during the acquisition of Gator Apple in 2013.

Brandi was a major asset to the opening of Okeechobee because she is driven and focused on developing a winning team. Her efforts helped Okeechobee become a training store in our FL market. In 2015 Brandi was promoted to Senior Manager and in 2017 she was promoted to Assistant General Manager. Under her guidance, Okeechobee earned two (2) 900 ABA’s and several MIT’s have been successfully trained.

Brandi is a leader whose passion for WOW is clear in the way she interacts with guests and her team. She is quick to resolve any sub-standard issues that may arise and is always prepared with potential solutions for larger business concerns. Brandi’s consistency with her words and actions has earned the trust and confidence of the Management Team.

Robert Taliaferro promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Robert joined the Doherty team earlier this year as an MIT. He has over 30 years of experience in the Restaurant and Hospitality Business.

Prior to joining our FL market, Robert worked with Dave & Busters as a KM and Regional Manager for eight (8) years. In additional to holding several leadership titles, he also worked with Stir Crazy for nine (9) years as a GM and Regional Partner.

Robert is a strong leader and has proven to be the right fit for Applebee’s Bartram. He possesses quality expertise that we are excited to see transferred to the Bartram team! He recognizes the importance of both long and short term strategic planning and confidently communicates these goals to his team. Robert is great at developing positive working relationships and is always sincere in his ambitions and objectives.

Heather Carpenter promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Heather joined the Doherty team in July 2016 as an MIT. Upon graduating MIT Heather joined the Union II management team.

Heather is very knowledgeable of both Applebee’s and Doherty’s standards. She is a great leader and is able to communicate well with her team. Heather has formed great relationships in the kitchen through her dedication and enthusiasm. Her hard work has proven to be an asset to the Edison team!

Please join us on congratulating Heather on her promotion to Kitchen Manager! We wish her continues success!

Jessica Perlman promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Jessica joined the Doherty team in 2008, working as a Server and a Bartender before becoming a Supervisor in Woodbridge, and later Middletown. In 2015 she was promoted to MIT before joining the Linden team as a manger.

Jessica has an upbeat attitude that is partnered with a nurturing energy that naturally breeds success. She has become an integral part of every team that she has joined. Jessica has consistently played a huge part in helping to improve and maintain the guest service of each restaurant while also working with the hourly associates. She possesses and eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Jessica is always eager to learn and improve but most importantly, she is willing to teach.

 

Bryan Booth promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Bryan joined Doherty in 2015 as an MIT. After graduating MIT, Bryan kicked off his management career at our Fort Pierce Applebee’s

Bryan’s competitive nature goes far beyond his normal conditioning for Iron Man and Spartan marathon training. He brings that same hustle and drive to each and every shift. Bryan has proven that he can take charge and lead a team with high standards. He has built great relationships with his team and has proven to be a ‘go-to manager’ when it comes to personal development.

Bryan is both organized, goal driven, and an out of the box thinker. These attributes have led to his success as acting Kitchen Manager in Port St. Lucie. Bryan is instrumental in Steak Training, a program that is unique to Port St. Lucie. He has been committed to Doherty’s principles of WOWing his team, leaders, and guests.

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

Kaylie Hughes promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Kaylie joined the Doherty team in 2016 as an MIT.

Kaylie always encourages open communication and strives for mutual understanding between all team members. She recognizes the importance of working with others and can always be relied upon when adhering to schedules and meeting deadlines. Kaylie takes pride in contributing to her restaurant’s success. She makes certain that every employee has a clear understanding of what is necessary to WOW every guest, every time.

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

Samantha Kirby promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Samantha started with the company in 2006 as a Host in Brick. She worked as an hourly associate for 6 years developing in all Front of House positions. She became a corporate trainer and assisted ASI with opening an Applebee’s in Texas in August 2013.

Samantha went to Fruitville Applebee’s in Sarasota,FL for an extra support project. She moved from Toms River down to Jacksonville for one year to help run trainers camps and POS conversions. During that time, she was working as a full time Supervisor in Jacksonville (Lane Ave.) At the same time she was also a team lead for a lot of the Revitalizations in Florida and Georgia. After the opening in Clark, she stayed there as a full time Supervisor and continued to coach the staff on all standards and spec. In 2016, Samantha was promoted to MIT. Upon graduating the program she became a Manager in our Jersey City Applebee’s.

Samantha is very dedicated, passionate, and hard working. Samantha is a natural born leader and will continue to be a great addition to the Management team with the company.
Congratulations Samantha!

Yolanda Weathers, Applebee's, promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Yolanda began her career with the Doherty team in 2010. It wasn't long before Yolanda was promoted to supervisor. In 2015 she started the MIT program before becoming a manager at our Newark Applebee’s. Yolanda has also worked as a manager in Applebee’s Jersey Gardens.

Yolanda can handle any task, project or problem that may occur in either the front or back of the house. She is a great team leader and training Manager and is always going out of her way to help others. Yolanda is able to keep a great perspective in all situations regardless of how stressful. She is very dependable and needs minimal assistance. Yolanda is also a great role model when it comes to getting out into the community and building relationships with our guests.

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

Zayna Clements, Applebee's, Promotion from Within to our Management Program

 WOW Career Applebees

Zayna joined Doherty in 2015 at our Totowa Applebee’s.

She transferred from Apple American group and already had a strong understanding of every FOH positions. Zayna quickly moved through each department including all BOH positions and eventually becoming a certified trainer.

In July 2017 she graduated from our SIT program in Parsippany. Since being promoted she has given support to Totowa, Hackensack & Northvale helping wherever she was needed. She has proven to excel in guest service recognizing and understanding guests needs with her outgoing and can do attitude. Zayna has proven to be a good leader with her natural assertiveness and directing staff when necessary. She works at a very high work pace and sets a good example for other to follow.  

Please join us in congratulating Zayna on this wonderful accomplishment!

Renee Price promoted to Senior Manager!

 WOW Career Applebees

Renee began her journey with Applebee’s in 2011 as a hostess. In 2013 she joined the Doherty team as a server/bartender during our acquisition of Gator Apple. Renee was promoted to and trained as a Supervisor in our Port St. Lucie restaurant in 2016. She was promoted to manager later that year.

Renee has worked in several of our locations including Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, and West Palm. She has acquired the respect and trust of every team she has encountered because she is hardworking, fair and very knowledgeable in all aspects of the restaurant. Renee holds herself accountable to WOW her team to guarantee everyone’s success.

Renee’s dedication to WOW extends to her guests and community. She has been instrumental in driving Breakfast with Santa sales, St. Patty’s sales, and Alex Lemonade sales. Renee has truly grasped the “Neighborhood” feel makes her guests become regulars.

Congratulations and much success in your new role!

Joey Johnson promoted to Senior Manager!

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Joey joined the Doherty team in July 2013 with the acquisition of the Florida and Georgia markets. He had previously worked for Gator Apple for three (3) years.

Joey has worked in all of the Applebee’s restaurants in Yvette's market either to cover for a fellow manager or to help when a location is shorthanded. His can-do spirit and attention to detail and procedure made him instrumental in helping train supervisors in Port St. Lucie. Joey was a key player in helping Port St. Lucie achieve its’ highest ABA in company history last year.

Joey does a great job of communicating and building relationships with his team. He is able to identify an issue and create a plan to correct it. Joey has a great awareness of specs and standards in both the front and back of house.

Please join us in congratulating Joey on his promotion to Senior Manager!

Anthony Fortino promoted to Kitchen Manager

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Anthony joined the Doherty team in 2017 as an MIT. He completed his training in Parsippany before joining the East Hanover team.

Anthony helped drive Gift results and was instrumental in improving server attentiveness, and lowering guest defection in our East Hanover Applebee’s. He then returned to Parsippany, where he took on the challenge of acting kitchen manager in a training restaurant. Anthony’s strong work ethic, positive management style, and analytical thinking, have helped improve operational standards and bottom line profit.

Anthony takes personal ownership in all aspects of our business, and pushes himself to exceed expectations in all areas. He has a great future with Doherty, and will continue to grow and develop within our organization.

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

Ryan McDermott promoted to General Manager

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Ryan joined Doherty Enterprises in October of 2012 at our Lindenhurst Applebee’s. He was later promoted to Senior Manager at our Westbury Applebee’s. During Ryan’s’ time at the Westbury location, he helped to move the restaurant forward and played a big part in their success. Ryan was a great help and provided excellent support during his time in Florida assisting with the acquisition.

In early 2016, Ryan was promoted to Assistant Manager of our Bellmore Applebee’s. He consistently worked with his team to exceed goals. Ryan is very knowledgeable in both Front of House and Back of House operations as well as company standards. He is well respected by his peers and his team. Ryan has a strong passion for our WOW culture and holds himself and his team accountable to deliver a WOW experience every time.

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

Nora Absher promoted to General Manager

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Nora became a member of the Doherty team during our acquisition of Gator Apple in 2013 as a Kitchen Manager.

After taking a short break from Applebee’s, Nora returned in 2016 as an MIT. During December of 2016, she became an Assistant Manager of our Kingsland Applebee’s. Nora was later promoted to Kitchen Manager in early 2017.

Nora is a great leader and does an excellent job at managing her team. She has extensive knowledge in both front and back of house and restaurant operations. Nora has immersed herself in WOW culture and has done a great job of building relationships with both her team and guests. She has a commitment to inspiring her team to do their best and excel in their goals. Nora is always optimistic and encourages trust and mutual understanding with her team. Nora always projects self-confidence, authority and enthusiasm in her work. Nora’s hard work and dedication will make her very successful in her new position’s leadership challenges.

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

Wayne Jones promoted from Hourly Associate to Restaurant Manager

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Wayne joined the Doherty team in 2015 as a Line Cook in our Okeechobee Applebee’s location.

Prior to being promoted to Supervisor in 2017, Wayne prioritized learning all BOH positions and responsibilities. He is very eager to learn and grow and takes a pro-active approach in learning all systems and processes within the restaurants. He was comfortable asking to learn all FOH operations and insured that he was crossed training in all FOH positions. Wayne managed his own professional development so well that he received the opportunity to take on a leadership role during a training for Treasure Coast in meat cutting.

Wayne was promoted to MIT in December of 2017. His hard work, motivation and ability to be a team player has successfully proven his leadership skills. Wayne holds himself accountable for all aspects of the restaurant and he expects the same of his staff. He exemplifies a tremendous devotion to the Applebee’s brand and a genuine dedication to WOW-ing every guest and team member.

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

Ryan Singh promoted from Hourly Associate to Restaurant Manager

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Ryan started his career with Doherty in 2016 as a line cook in our Colonial Applebee’s.

Ryan has always demonstrated a high level of maturity and focus on learning every aspect of BOH. He was considered an Expert Level line cook within six (6) months and was promoted to Shift Supervisor during that same year. Ryan is a positive role model to his peers and teams. He leads with passion and confidence while also keeping a detailed eye on his professional development. Ryan provided tremendous support to the management team at our Colonial location over the past few months. In November 2017, he was promoted to MIT. Ryan believes in WOW culture and understands the importance of positive interaction without sacrificing Doherty’s standard of excellence.

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

Deana Campbell promoted to Assistant General Manager

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Since joining our team, Deana has showed her passion and commitment to her team and the Doherty standard of WOW. She is consistent in her words and actions and leads the staff by example, earning the respect of her team. Deana holds herself to a high standard and has excellent work ethic, which can be seen in her ability to work hard and stay organized. She has developed relationships based on dependability, honesty and always displays a real genuineness in her dealings with others. These relationships go far beyond her team- she seeks to deliver WOW to the entire Elmont community. A dedicated team player, Deana is always willing to take on new responsibilities. She has a good sense of humor and always puts in a lot of time to make sure her restaurant is running well.

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

Alex Penate promoted to Kitchen Manager

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Alex came aboard in 2005 as an hourly associate at our Farmingdale location. He was promoted to Supervisor prior to being promoted to MIT in 2016.

Upon graduating MIT Alex joined the Westbury team as a Manager. Alex has provided leadership and positive attitude where ever he goes. Alex’s strength lies with in his hard work and dedication to the Applebee’s brand and in his willingness to take on any challenge. He takes a proactive approach to managing his growth by always being open to learn new things. His dedication to be successful in service helps create a fun atmosphere in the restaurant. Alex is very dedicated to his restaurant, the community, and the Doherty brand in general. In the past he has been readily available to assist with the Florida restaurants.

Alex embodies our WOW culture and has a true passion for hospitality and service. He has earned the trust and respect of his team and management staff.

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

Larina Lincks promoted to Assistant General Manager

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Larina joined Doherty in 2009 as an hourly associate at our Westbury restaurant before becoming MIT later that year.

Larina has proven herself to be a great team leader, with a strong focus on training up her team. In 2015 she was promoted to Senior Manager of Bethpage. Larina is dependable, a role model of company policy and procedures and runs a shift in a productive and efficient manner. She has great work ethic and puts in a lot of time to ensure that her store is running right. Larina has a strong drive for results and does a great job developing people. She has a great knowledge of specs and standards and she is always challenging her staff and other managers to adhere to our standards at all times.

Larina has a strong sense of ownership and wants to see whatever store she is in, and herself, succeed. She makes WOWing her guests and staff one of top priorities to help her team win each and every the doors to Bethpage open!

Please join us in congratulating Larina on her promotion to Assistant General Manager and wishing her continued success.

Justin Gonzalez promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

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Justin joined Doherty in 2018 as an associate at our South Shore Mall café.

In early 2017, Justin was promoted to Shift Supervisor. He is extremely dedicated and hard working. Justin is always eager to learn and is constantly looking for areas of improvement. He makes it his responsibility to ask questions about Doherty’s expectations and procedures to shape his management style. Justin has developed a strong relationship with his team through communication and consistent follow up. He does a great job of presenting new initiatives and information. Justin has a positive attitude and is extremely dependable.

Adaptable and hard-working, Justin always leads his team by example. He is a take charge individual and an excellent motivator to his team. Justin demonstrates an unwavering commitment to product quality and holds his team to the same standard.

Please join us in congratulating Justin on his promotion to Manager!