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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!

WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Applebees

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!

Deana Campbell promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Applebees

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

 WOW Career Panera

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!

Christopher Grillo promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Christopher joined the Doherty team in 2015 as an MIT. Upon graduating MIT, Chris was promoted to Assistant Manager of our Huntington Village café’.

Christopher was then transferred to East Northport where he became a vital member of the training team and was promoted to Assistant General Manager during the summer of 2016. Christopher has worked in several of the Doherty cafés. During his time at each location, he has learned valuable skills from his management teams which have served him well in preparation for this promotion.

Christopher’s hard work, motivation and ability to be a team player has successfully proven his leadership skills. His approachability and supportiveness towards his staff makes him a great leader. Christopher is always willing to help out whenever needed. Along with WOW-ing his co-workers, Christopher is committed to WOW-ing the community, too. He exemplifies a tremendous devotion to the Panera brand and a genuine dedication to wowing customers and associates.

 

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

 

Gina Marie Musumeci promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Gina started with Panera back in 2014 as an Associate in West Babylon.

After a brief hiatus living out of state, Gina returned in 2015 to the Farmingdale café. She was extremely focused and dedicated from day one in Farmingdale, and quickly began working on a development plan. GIna served as a 2.0 Pro Team trainer. After helping to guide Farmingdale through the Panera 2.0 rollout, she assisted in numerous other cafés. Gina was certified as a Zone Leader in April 2016, and quickly promoted to Shift Supervisor in September 2016.

Gina has grown as a manager and a leader throughout this time and has dedicated herself to learning from experience consistently. She has a high energy level and strong operational focus, and passes along these high standards to her staff daily. Gina has built close relationships with her staff and her strong knowledge of Panera tools and systems have made her successful at each of these positions.

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

Adam Johnston promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Adam started with Applebee’s back in 1993 as a server in Indianapolis. After relocating to Florida Adam worked under the previous ownership. In April of 2014 he promoted from within with Doherty to begin his management career at our Clark Road Applebee’s.

Adam worked hard to bring positive change in both the FOH and BOH, and also assisted with training and community involvement while in our Clark Road location, earning him promotion to Senior Manager in January of 2017. In June of 2017 Adam transferred to North Port with the desire to help with BOH results. Adam made an immediate impact here that include decreasing food variance by over 1%, as well as 90/96 Ecosure.

Adam strives to achieve improvement, and is persistent in doing so. He continuously accepts feedback, and looks for ways to improve overall systems and operations in the North Port location.

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

Carl Brome promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Carl began his career with Doherty in November of 2011 in our Northvale Applebee’s.
In 2016 Carl became the Kitchen Manage at our Hackensack Applebee’s where his impact was quickly noticed. He improved the food variance with a great attitude. Carl focused on improving and creating great behaviors with the kitchen staff by holding them accountable while also building strong relationships. His hard work began to show and prove when the Hackensack location received a 901 ABA in March of 2017.

Carl has been a driving force in both the BOH and FOH as he makes it his priority to engage with all staff and guests. He is committed to preaching our vision of being the best and our mission of WOW. Carl has always completed what he starts and enjoys working with others and has detailed plans to stay organized and to complete his projects in a timely manner. He is a great support system for his employees and the management team.

Carl continues to grow and has an abundance of knowledge which he uses to develop others to excel at their job. Carl helps improve employee morale by promoting a fun work environment while getting the job done.

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

Mynardo Mopon promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

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

Recently, Mynardo was instrumental in executing high volume catering sales in Glendale. He is 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.

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

Eric Prestel promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Eric joined the Doherty team in 2014 as a Manager at our Port Jefferson location.

In 2016, Eric was a key player in the successful rollout of Panera 2.0 in our North Babylon café. Eric has truly been a team player who is always willing to dive in and help out. His hard work and dedication to WOW aided his promotion to Assistant General Manager of our Farmingdale café during the summer of 2018. Most recently, Eric has served as acting General Manager in Bayshore during the busy holiday season. His keen understanding of Panera tools and systems has led to strong results in the cafes he has worked in. Adaptable and hard-working, Eric always leads his team by example. He is a take charge individual, motivator to his staff, and spec driven. Eric is consistently looking to learn new skills and dedicates himself to following through on his own training and development.

Eric does an excellent job at providing a great experience for guests. He is very good at connecting on a personal level and WOW-ing every guest, every time. Eric demonstrates an unwavering commitment to product quality and holds his team to the same standard.

Please join us in congratulating Eric on his promotion to General Manager!

Kristen Bragman promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Kristen joined the Doherty team in 2015 as an MIT. Upon graduating MIT she was promoted to Assistant Manager in our Bellmore Panera.

Kristen really connects with the staff and serves as a mentor for many of them in the areas of training and development. She knows her staff well and built relationship where she knows how to motivate them. She has been a key resource in developing several associates to Zone Leader, as well as Shift Supervisor to Manager during her time in Bellmore. Kristen’s staff trusts her and look to her for guidance whenever any uncertainty arises. Her positive attitude is consistent and inspires others around her to tackle the tough challenges head on and without taking shortcuts. She understands the importance of leading by example and being fair and consistent.

Kristen 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.

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

Adam Warburton-Pitt promoted to Kitchen Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Adam Warburton-Pitt joined the Doherty team in April 2015 as a manager in training at our Parsippany Applebee’s.

In October of 2015, Adam transferred to Mount Olive. He took over a leadership role in the kitchen with a focus on food cost and labor. Adam’s success in Mt. Olive led him to the Butler Applebee’s in late 2016. Over the next 14 months, he worked very closely with the KM and GM. Adam also works side by side with his kitchen staff to ensure proper food presentation. He has achieved great results in food safety and food cost during this time.

Adam takes ownership and accepts accountability for his action and the actions of his team but also maintains a fun and positive work environment. He consistently looks for solutions and uses the appropriate resources to make trustworthy decisions. Adam continues to demonstrate strong leadership.

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

Steve Waters promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Steve joined the Doherty team in 2008. He came on board with over 10 years of experience in the restaurant business. Steve previously worked at McDonald’s, Ruby Tuesday’s, and Bennigan’s.

Shortly after graduating MIT, Steve was promoted to Senior Manager after becoming an integral member of the Totowa team. In 2013, he was promoted to Kitchen Manager of our Butler Applebee’s. He has been extremely successful, maintaining consistent food cost, food safety, and food quality in Butler. Steve is very passionate about what he does and takes pride in his kitchen staff and what they produce. He has high standards, great time management, and communicates well with staff and management. Steve strives to be a top performer at all times. In April 2016, Steve became a member of the training team that went to Kansas City to train another district on hand cut steaks. Steve demonstrated an unwavering commitment to product quality and represented the Butler team and Doherty’s standard of WOW on a new platform.

Steve has great knowledge of both front and back of house operations. Steve is dedicated to our WOW culture and excels at WOW-ing our guests with his great energy and drive. He has a great passion and commitment for his restaurant and is always striving for to be the best. Steve is a great asset to the company and has the talent to keep WOW-ing our guests

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

Kamus McNair promoted to General Manager Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Kamus joined the Doherty team as a General Manager in Training for our Georgia market.

Kamus has over ten (10) years’ experience in fast- paced casual dining. He had previously worked for Brinker International, a franchisee of Chili’s, as a managing partner. During his time at Brinker, Kamus was responsible for the daily operations of the restaurant, developing the management team, sales, and general operations. Kamus also worked for Longhorn Steakhouse, and Applebee’s.

Kamus is a strong leader and has proven to be the perfect fit for Applebee’s Kingsland. He recognizes the importance of both long and short term strategic planning and confidently communicates these goals to his team. Kamus is great at developing positive working relationships and is always sincere in his ambitions and objectives.

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

Melissa Rios promoted to Senior Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Melissa joined the Doherty team in 2003 as an hourly associate at our Howell Applebee’s.

Melissa started as a Server/Bartender and was quickly promoted to trainer. She exceled in all positions and has won AppleSTAR and trainer of the year numerous times. In 2015, Melissa was promoted to supervisor in Howell. She went in the MIT program at the end of 2016 and has been in Tinton Falls since the start of 2017.

Melissa took over as bar manager in the busiest bar in the company and made an immediate positive impact. She also took over the training manager responsibilities. Since then, Tinton Falls has received perfect scores on the last 2 ABA’s under training. Melissa was also instrumental in motivating her staff to raise over 5K in gift pack sales this year. She has been able to prove her dedication to WOW time and time again with hard work, attention to detail, and by WOWing her guests and peers. Melissa has a contagiously positive attitude and always finds ways to WOW our guests. We have no doubt that Melissa will continue to be successful.

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

Mike Rice promoted to Assistant General Manager, Applebee's

 WOW Career Applebees

Mike joined Doherty in 2006 as a Manager at our Riverhead Applebee’s.

In September of 2015, Mike joined our Florida/Georgia market. He worked diligently to earn his promotion to Senior Manager in June of 2016. Shortly after he began working in our Port Charlotte location. Since arriving there, Mike has been a driving force to promote Doherty systems and culture day in and day out. He has strived to learn all processes and procedures in order to help support both the general manager and the team.

He works seamlessly from the back to front of the house, and always goes above and beyond to deliver consistent operations in an effort to improve the guest experience.

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

 

Shanequa Mason promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager, Panera Bread

 WOW Career Panera

Shanequa joined Doherty as an hourly associate at our Adams Street location. She was a member of the grand opening team in 2012.

Shanequa has excelled as a Pro Team trainer for many Café openings. In 2015 she was promoted to Shift Supervisor at Adams Street. Shanequa is extremely self-motivated, confident, and dedicated. She is viewed as an operational leader by her peers and always a resource with her in depth knowledge of Panera.

Shanequa is successful with her on the spot decision making and ability to coach her team through it as well as positively impacting long term goals with strong long term thinking. She effectively motivates those around her and holds everyone, including herself, accountable for meeting the Doherty standard of WOW.

Please join us in congratulating Shanequa on her promotion to Manager and wishing her continued growth and success.

Milagros Herrera promoted from Hourly Associate to Manager

 WOW Career Panera

Milagros joining Doherty team in 2013 at our Island Park café as an hourly associate.

Since joining our team, Milagros has showed her passion and commitment to Panera Bread. She is consistent in her words and actions and leads the staff by example, earning the respect of her team. Not only does Milagros encourage her staff, but she also engages and connects with the guests. Milagros holds herself to a high standard and has an excellent work ethic, which can be seen when she is assisting in training associates. She has developed relationships based on dependability, honesty and always displays a real genuineness in her dealings with others. A dedicated team player, Milagros 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 cafe is running right.

We congratulate Milagros on her promotion to
Manager and wish her great success.

David Brunton promoted to Assistant General Manager, Noodles & Co

 WOW Career Noodles

Dave joined the Noodles & Company Team in August of 2015 as an MIT and was part of the Hicksville Opening Team.

Dave’s attitude and actions have consistently demonstrated a strong sense of dedication to the Noodles brand and Doherty Enterprises overall. His willingness to fill in, help out and do whatever it takes to get the job done have always been an asset to his Team mates, Associates and Guests. Dave’s knowledge of the Noodles & Company business and operations has helped the General Managers at each of the locations he has worked in to build and maintain WOW!

In his time off, Dave loves Fantasy Football and Comic Con and never misses an opportunity to take time with his family when they visit.

Please join us in congratulating Dave on his well-deserved promotion!

 

Jennifer Reece promoted to Fort Pierce

 

WOW Career Applebees

Jennifer joined the Doherty team as an hourly associate in 2013. Since then Jennifer has blossomed in all of her roles throughout the years. She has used her skills to improve morale and dependability in the restaurant setting. Jennifer has instilled consistency in policies and company expectations amongst her team members and has worked on employee development and team building. In May 2017 Jennifer was promoted to Senior Manager at our Fort Pierce location.

Jennifer accepts responsibility and is determined to see her team succeed. She strives to hit deadlines and has excellent time management skills. Jennifer accepts accountability and takes true ownership in her position as a leader and manager of staff members. She is always looking to push the restaurant forward and gives no excuses if something was missed or not completed- instead she learns from it. Jennifer is a natural self-starter with a ‘nothing stands in my way’ attitude. This is demonstrated by her use of available resources that aid problem solving in the restaurant and her willingness to find the answer by educating herself on things she does not know but feels she needs to or should know. Jenn demonstrates effective short and long term time management. Jennifer communicates clear rules and manages fairly. Her knowledge of both FOH and BOH operations aids the fluidity necessary to WOW her guests. Jennifer is focused on building a system that brings guests back regularly. She does a good job of interacting with guests and problem solving because she is committed to WOWing every guest, every time.

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

 

Leon Jewett promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Leon joined Doherty as a Manager at our Cape Coral Applebee’s in 2014. Prior to joining the team, Leon worked with Apple America in the Seattle, Washington area.

When Leon joined Doherty the value that he brought to the team was undeniable. He made an immediate positive impact across several areas. Leon is well-versed in both Front and Back of House and has continued to grow as a coach, team member, and leader. In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Manager. Later that year he was promoted to Kitchen Manager at our training store, North Fort Meyers. Leon has proven to be a strong analytical thinker during his time as KM. He quickly and accurately develops plan to solve problems through root cause analysis. Leon has also done a great job getting training initiatives and objectives on track. As a result, his BOH staff was consistently operating as a seamless entity. Leon has trained his new hires so well that they easier to fit in with the North Fort Meyers veterans He also helped develop and train numerous managers when they were MITs.

He has consistently demonstrated his maturity and sound judgment. He runs smooth shifts and has helped to foster a fun and open environment where employees feel comfortable in coming to management with the concerns and problems. . Leon is a team player that knows how to WOW guests and his team on every shift he works.

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

Chuck Allen promoted to General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Chuck joined Doherty as an MIT at JTB in 2016.

After graduating MIT in April of 2016, Chuck went to Vero Beach where he became a pillar for the development of a winning team. Chuck was instrumental in helping the restaurant move forward. His knowledge, insight, and willingness to listen, learn, and engagement were signs of his dedication to the Doherty standard of WOW. Chuck’s attention to detail and eagerness to build a strong team helped Vero Beach score very well on Eco Sure and ABAs. In addition to this massive turn around, he helped reestablish a good rapport with the local health department. Chuck was promoted to KM in May of 2017.

Chuck is very knowledgeable about the craft beer market. With his help, the craft beer selection stays current and relevant to his guests needs. His consistent efforts and abilities are greatly appreciated.

As a former General manager and business owner, he possessed both the corporate and small business perspective that continues to keep his team in a positive direction

Join us in wishing him the best of luck in his new position.

Steve Watson promoted to Assistant General Manager

 WOW Career Applebees

Steve joined Doherty in 2003 as a Manager at the Toms River Applebee’s. In 2006, Steve was promoted to Senior Manager at the Manahawkin location.

Steve is a team player and holds his staff to a high standard. He possesses and eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Steve is always eager to learn and improve but most importantly, he is willing to teach. Steve has strong front and back of house and financial knowledge. Steve does a great job analyzing reports and helping to improve results.

Steve’s greatest strength is his ability to interact with his team and guests. He has an upbeat attitude that is partnered with a nurturing energy that naturally breeds success. Steve has helped develop several promising PFW’s. He is hard working and focused on achieving goals.

Steve is dedicated and passionate about our WOW culture. He promotes guest loyalty by getting know his regulars and creating an authentic Neighborhood feel.

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

Chad Twyman promoted to Kitchen Manager

WOW Career Applebees

Chad joined the Doherty team as a MIT in January of 2017.
Since transitioning from MIT to Associate Manager, Chad has been trained in both BOH and FOH operations. He has shouldered many responsibilities as a strong and well organized leader. He is dedicated to his team and holds them to very high standards. Chad does a great job analyzing reports and finding ways to improve results. He has good working knowledge of food specs and the inventory process.

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

Chris Procaccio promoted to General Manager

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Chris Procaccio joined Doherty Enterprises during September 2015 as an MIT at the Howell Applebee's. He came to Doherty Enterprises from Houlihan’s having served as General Manager for 10 years. Prior to his time at Houlihans, Chris was a KM with TGI Fridays. In 2016, Chris was promoted to AGM at our Manalapan location.

Chris possesses the unique talent of helping develop staff in both the FOH and BOH. He has developed key team members by building positive and professional relationships in a short period of time. Chris works tirelessly to implement plans into all areas of operations. Equipped with an exacting eye for detail and an unwavering expectation of WOWing every guest, Chris holds himself and his team accountable for all operational results. He has a passion for learning and pushing himself to be the best he can be.

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

Danielle Quigley promoted to General Manager

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Danielle joined the Doherty team in 2015 as a MIT at our East Northport Panera. After graduating MIT Danielle helped our Garden City Panera become a training café’. She then went on to work in our drive-thru location, Plainview, where she helped set the standard of WOW!

Throughout her time with Doherty, Danielle has proven to be a leader and is a true asset to our company. She is often called the cheerleader of Panera because she adamantly promotes Panera’s service within her community and to her customers. Danielle makes an effort to make each of her guests feel comfortable when they enter the doors of her Panera location.

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

Please join us in congratulating Danielle on her promotion to General Manager!

Eric Prestel promoted to Assistant General Manager

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Eric joined the Doherty team in 2014 as a Manager at our Port Jefferson location.

In 2016, Eric was a key player in the successful rollout of Panera 2.0 in our North Babylon café. He has truly been a team player who is always willing to dive in and help out. Adaptable and hard-working, Eric always leads his team by example. He is a take charge individual, motivator to his staff, and spec driven. Eric is consistently looking to learn new skills and dedicates himself to following through on his own training and development.

Eric does an excellent job at providing a great experience for guests. He is very good at connecting on a personal level and WOW-ing every guest, every time. Eric demonstrates an unwavering commitment to product quality and holds his team to the same standard.

Please join us in congratulating Eric on his promotion to Assistant General Manager!

Jason Cox promoted to Kitchen Manager

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

After our revitalization in February of 2014 Jason was promoted to manager. A year later he was promoted to Senior Manager for his strong leadership and tremendous knowledge of our restaurant’s standards. Jason has consistently been one of the top performers in food cost measures and labor productivity in the Florida Georgia market.

Jason’s integrity shows through his consistency as a manager. He manages his team fairly and constructively and in return he is well respected. Jason is always looking to learn new skill and ways to help out.

He is a natural leader. He is a dependable, dedicated and consistent manager who has continued to WOW both his coworkers and his guests. Jason is also continuously proving he is a well-respected and valuable asset to our team.

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

Yehia Akle promoted to Accounting Coordinator

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Yehia started in Doherty’s payroll department in May 2014. While at Doherty, Yehia went back to college to obtain a second bachelor’s degree, this one in Accounting. When he graduated, Yehia moved to our A/P department where he excelled. We wish him much success in his new role!

Joe Curattalo promoted to Treasury Manager

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Joe joined Doherty in 2014 and did a terrific job handling both our cash department and Specialty general ledgers. In Joe’s new role, he will be responsible for all cash related transactions. Congratulations Joe on your well deserved promotion!

Debra Lui promoted to Assistant Controller

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In May of 2010 Debra joined Doherty as a Senior Accountant handling our Panera Breads. Debra proved very quickly that she was able to add value throughout our organization. Her attention to detail and analytical mindset has helped improve all areas of the accounting department during her 7 years at Doherty. Congratulations Debra and much success in your new role!

Matt Rynn promoted to General Manager

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Matt joined the Doherty team in 2014 as a MIT at our Hicksville location.

Since graduating from the MIT program, Matt has shown outstanding leadership skills and a strong dedication to the Doherty team. He has been an asset when it comes to driving café’ performance. He has helped increase comps, guest metrics, and even lowered cost lines. Matt demonstrates a high degree of integrity, challenge and drive and effectively assesses employee resources, strengths and competencies. Matt demonstrates genuineness in dealing with others which has allowed him to develop positive relationships with his customers, subordinates and peers. He is consistent, dependable and accurate in carrying out responsibilities to a successful conclusion. We congratulate Matt on his promotion to General Manager and wish him great success.

Please join us in congratulating Matt on his promotion to General Manager!

Cory Bell promoted to Senior Manager

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Cory transitioned to the Doherty team from the Gator Apple acquisition. He began his career as a server and bartender but quickly excelled and worked his way up the ranks to manager.

Cory’s personal experience in BOH and FOH has made him a well-rounded asset to his Applebee’s team. His experience in the restaurant industry can be seen in his management and communication style. Cory’s knowledge of each area has allowed him to become a teammate, teacher, and role model. He takes pride in coaching and mentoring his staff. Cory is highly respected by his team.

Cory has worked very hard on connecting with guests and WOW-ing them with excellent service. He always remains positive and upbeat even in the most stressful situations. Cory’s hard work, dedication to impeccable service and keen eye for detail has earned him this leadership role at Applebee’s.

Please join us in congratulating Cory on his new position of Senior Manager.

Brandy Galloway promoted to Assistant General Manager

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Brandy joined the Doherty team as a manger in 2013 at our Okeechobee location. She was major asset to the opening of Okeechobee because she is driven and focused on developing a winning team.

Brandy 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. Brandy’s consistency with her words and actions has earned the trust and confidence of the Management Team.

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

Andrew Cronau promoted to Kitchen Manager

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Andrew started as an MIT in 2016 at our Okeechobee location.

Andrew is methodical in planning and has always displayed a very systematic approach in carrying out any job duties. In his new role, he maintains low costs, high productivity, and great food safety. He excels in analyzing and adjusting work procedures for maximum efficiency. Andrew can be relied upon to meet schedules and deadlines.

Andrew is committed to the company’s goals and takes pride in contributing to the organizations success. He creates a positive work environment and has a drive to continuously develop himself and move the restaurant forward. He is very passionate about his job and takes pride in the work he does.

Please join us in congratulating Andrew on his promotion to Kitchen Manager and wishing him continued success.

Tammy Lawrence- Rubenbauer promoted to Assistant General Manager

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Tammy has been with Applebee’s for over twenty years but joined the Doherty team in 2013 as a senior manager. Throughout her time at Doherty, she has proven to be a leader and is a true asset to our company. Tammy is helping her staff and store meet their goals while creating a balance for staff and business needs. She is a huge asset to the restaurant she comes in everyday with a people pleasing attitude. Tammy is compassionate and gives every task she tackles 100% effort.

Tammy has a great eye for detail and knows how to make a true impact with not only the result but with her people. She is willing to learn and when she takes on a project or task, she gives it her all. Tammy comes to work and delivers her message of WOW to her team and guests with passion, everyday.

Please join us in congratulating Tammy to her new position as Assistant General Manager of Waycross.

William Hogan promoted from Associate to Manager

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William joined the Doherty team at the Totowa location in February of 2015 as an hourly employee.

It wasn’t long before he was recognized as a leader as he excelled in his FOH role. William was promoted to supervisor and quickly embraced our vision of excellence. He has helped out in several locations before coming to Garfield where he continued his progression as a leader. Due to his hard work and approachability, he is respected in the restaurant from the associates to the managers. He sets his standards at the beginning of each shift and the employees follow them well.

William has truly embodied our mission of WOWing every guest while making a special connection with our guests. His strong passion for service and excellent time management skills allows him to complete his tasks in a timely and accurate manner. William adapts to change easily and can make any team successful because of his positive leadership skills. He is a team player and has no problem helping out other restaurants in our district.

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

Andrea Basurto promoted to General Manager

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Andrea has been with Applebee’s for ten years and joined the Doherty team in 2015.

Andrea is a source of inspiration to many by showing passion and commitment to her job as well as consistency in her words and actions. Andrea’s greatest strengths lie in her ability to prioritize projects, showing attention to detail and setting standards all which have contributed to Tamarac’s success. She demonstrates a “Guest First” attitude and knocks down barriers to success.

Andrea possesses strong knowledge of BOH and FOH operations and has been determined to share her knowledge with the team. Her efforts have resulted in purposefully building lasting relationships and being available to her employees and managers. Andrea creates several teaching moments by adhering to standards and holding people accountable while also providing positive feedback. She is well respected by both her team and guests because she displays respect for everyone modeled after trustworthiness, candor, and fairness.

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