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Faysal Morsad promoted from Senior Manager to Assistant General Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Faysal has been a part of our Doherty Team since 2006 where he started as an Assistant Manager. In 2010, Faysal was later promoted to Senior Manager. Since then, he has demonstrated strong management presence, energy and enthusiasm in the daily operations of his restaurant.

Faysal has demonstrated strong managerial skills and consistent leadership throughout the business by always fulfilling commitments and meeting deadlines. He continued to display his dedication to WOW by showing excellent guest relation skills by WOWing every guest, every day while juggling the responsibility of leading both front of house and back of house. Faysal has continued to lead the team with enthusiasm and developed key areas to ensure his success.

Please join us in congratulating Faysal on his well-deserved promotion to Assistant General Manager.

Danny Bermudez promoted from Shift Supervisor to Manager In Training Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Danny joined the Doherty team in 2016 as an Expeditor.

Danny is very eager to learn and grow and takes a pro-active approach in learning all systems and processes within the restaurants. It was evident that Danny was going to be an effective leader. In August 2017, Danny was trained and promoted to Shift Supervisor.

His hard work and dedication continued to pay off with his acceptance to the Manager In Training program. He is a team player and is always willing to help out where ever he is needed. Danny holds himself and his staff to very high standards to ensure that he provides every guest a WOW experience.

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

Angela Uribe promoted from Supervisor to Manager In Training Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Angela joined Doherty Enterprises in 2006. She worked her way up from Server to Supervisor before being promoted to Manager In Training.

Angela has demonstrated her eagerness to help her Management team with training and front of house standards. She has played a huge part in helping to improve and maintain guest services, working with the hourly associates and taking the new employees under her wing as needed. Angela is a reliable team player, who has earned the respect and admiration of her team and guests.

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

Lisa Cook promoted from Assistant General Manager to General Manager Panera

 WOW Career Panera

Lisa joined the Doherty team in August 2016 as a Manager In Training. From the very beginning, Lisa's passion and dedication to Panera has been top notch.

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

Lisa has a friendly outgoing personality and demonstrates a quiet confidence that has earned her the respect of her peers and team members. She holds herself to high standards of professional behavior and expects the same of her team. Lisa displays a strong commitment to the organization's mission & values making sure to WOW her guests and team every day.

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

Starr Williams promoted to General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Starr joined our Doherty team in 2004, after graduating from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service Management. Previously, she earned an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Suffolk Community College. She gained valuable experience as a server, clerk and cook during her student years and also assisted in a repair company office, becoming proficient in customer service.

Starr is recognized as a team builder and standard setter. She has total commitment and dedication to her team and guests. She interacts with associates and guests in a way that promotes loyalty and satisfaction. Starr also excels in following training standards and cross-training her staff, facilitating greater flexibility in her team’s abilities and accomplishments.

Please join us in congratulating Starr on her promotion and wishing her great success.

Shannon Cucinotta promoted from Supervisor to Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Shannon joined the Doherty team in May 2007 as a Line Cook before taking a short break in 2016 from the restaurant business. She later returned as a Server to Applebee’s in April 2017.

Shannon’s strong leadership and tremendous knowledge of our restaurant’s standards became apparent. She was quickly promoted to Supervisor where she helped generate positive energy within her team. Shannon also gained trust and respect from her peers thus demonstrating her value to the team. She was promoted to Manager In Training in October 2018 and graduated from the MIT program in November of 2018.

Shannon is a natural leader. She is a dependable, dedicated and a consistent manager who has continued to WOW both her coworkers and her guests. Shannon is continuously proving she is a valuable asset to our team.

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

Hunter Kenyon promoted from Cash Coordinator to Treasury Specialist

WOW Career DOHERTY

Hunter joined the Doherty team in January 2017 as our Cash Coordinator in the Home Office.

Recently, Hunter was instrumental in setting up our reconciliation software, automating many tasks that required several man hours when completed manually. He is a team player and never afraid to present his thoughts and ideas. Hunter is respectful to his peers and always willing to pitch in. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to solve any problems with innovative ideas. Hunter has proven to be a true asset to our accounts payable team and there is no doubt that he will continue to succeed in his new role.

Please join us in congratulating Hunter on his well-deserved promotion to Treasury Specialist. We wish him continued success!

Derrick Lewis promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

 

Derrick joined the Doherty team in 2013 as a Back of House Supervisor during the acquisition of Gator Apple.

Derrick demonstrated his motivation and desire to truly WOW those around him when he first started with Doherty by quickly proving that he was knowledgeable leader. He took on the responsibility of assisting with training MIT’s in our Okeechobee Training Restaurant. Derrick’s consistent attention to details and determination aided Okeechobee Applebee’s in winning restaurant of the year.

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

Paul Masi Promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Paul joined the Doherty team in 2016 as a Line cook in our North Lake Applebee’s.

Prior to beginning this journey Paul worked in the back of house in Ale House. He brought his expertise from Ale House to the front-lines of our meat cutting roll-out. Paul quickly grasp the WOW culture and became a Supervisor in 2017. He helped open the West Palm Applebee’s as a corporate trainer and soon after realized he wanted to continue to grow his career in the industry and become a restaurant manager, his drive and determination was recognized and earned him that promotion.

Please join us in congratulating Paul on his promotion as he begins his next chapter and starts the Manager in Training Program! We wish him continued success!

Widzer Celormy Promoted to Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Widzer joined the Doherty team during the acquisition of Gator Apple.

Widzer has learned valuable skills from his management teams which have served him well in preparation for this promotion. Widzer helped open the West Palm restaurant as a corporate trainer and remained a supervisor. Widzer’s hard work, motivation and ability to be a team player has successfully proven his leadership skills.

Duane Morris Promoted to General Manager QSL

 WOW Career QSL

Duane started with Doherty in 2014 as a manager in our QSL Pohatcong restaurant.

As a member of the store opening team Duane quickly became a driving force. He was promoted to Kitchen Manager shorty into his tenure. Duane helped QSL Pohatcong run consistency great operations. Duane is born and raised in Phillipsburg and his ties to the community run deep, which will only strengthens QSL as the best restaurant in the community!

Duane is a strong leader and has proven to be successfully at building a winning team. He recognizes the importance of both long and short term strategic planning and confidently communicates these goals to his team. Duane is great at developing positive working relationships and is always sincere in his ambitions and objectives.

Bris Shirley Promoted to Kitchen Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

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

As service manager he created and implemented a plan to improve Guest satisfaction at the store and improved Colonials Overall Satisfaction.

In July of 2018 Bris was promoted to Senior Manager in our Colonial restaurant. Bris continued to display an eagerness to improve the restaurant’s operations and, as a result, was promoted to the Kitchen Manager position in December 2018. Best of luck in this newest chapter of life.

Leslie Ferrari promoted to Senior Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Leslie joined the Doherty team in October 2012 as a host in our Clifton Applebee's.

She quickly moved through the ranks and gained experience as a server, neighborhood expert and bartender. In April 2015 Leslie became a supervisor. With her "can do" spirit, work ethic, and dedication she went a step further and joined our MIT program in May 2016. Upon graduating MIT Leslie supported quite a few restaurants before making her way back to Clifton.

 

Leslie has approached every task with high energy. This energy is reflected in all of her shifts. Leslie never misses any tasks or deadlines and is well organized. She has a positive attitude and handles the challenges that come her way with ease. She remains calm and composed and never shows frustration. Leslie is excellent with guest engagement and does quite a few local store marketing events during the year. She has continued to strive as a leader and is looking forward to the future. Leslie not only is the training / benefits manager she also took on the task of Captain of the WOW softball team and took our Clifton restaurant to the championship! She is an outstanding Manager and truly lives or core values as well as our mission statement. She challenges and pushes the restaurant team to excel and improve and she achieves great success.

 

Mynardo Mopon promoted to General Manager

WOW Career Panera

Mynardo joined the Doherty team in 2012 as an Assistant Manager in our Adams Street café.

Mynardo was instrumental in executing high volume catering sales in Glendale. Earlier this year he was promoted to AGM of the Little Neck café’. Mynardo took his Little Neck team to the next level by aiding the rollout of Café’ based delivery while also building the catering sales. He changed the cafés culture by being a strong leader who creates a positive atmosphere that encourages full participation from his associates. Mynardo always gives thoughtful consideration to all issues that arise before forming opinions. He positively receives feedback/coaching & strives to align as quickly as possible. Mynardo is able to capably adjust to ever changing work environments to ensure that a WOW experience is had by every guest.

Robin Morales promoted to General Manager Applebee's

WOW Career Applebees

Robin joined the Doherty team in 2003.

Prior to joining Doherty, Robin worked for Chefs International. Backed by thirteen years of experience she came onboard as the General Manager of our Brick Chevy’s. Robin’s hands on tactics to building a winning team helped her win training manager of the year in Chevy’s. She later transferred to Applebees and worked as an AGM for many of our NJ locations.

Robin has a unique ability of developing both FOH and BOH staff. Her team learns from her positivity and professionalism and each member carries those quality into their shifts. Robin has worked tirelessly in Middletown to implement plans in all areas of operations. Ultimately she has helped made Middletown one of the top running restaurants in the company. Robin has an exacting eye for detail that she uses to hold herself accountable for her results and is unwavering in her standards. She has a passion for learning and pushing herself to be the best she can be.

Robin’s greatest strength is her ability to interact with people. She has a positive, upbeat attitude and great energy. Robin understands and has great knowledge of the training process. She has a passion for WOW-ing both our employees and guests.
Please join us in congratulating Robin on her promotion to General Manager! We wish her continued success!

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!

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 Panera

Jeff 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!