Lucas Will Provide Strategic Oversight and Direction for Systemwide Restaurant Operations
Riverside, CA (RestaurantNews.com) Farmer Boys®, the fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and exceptional service, has promoted John Lucas to vice president of brand consistency. In this new role, Lucas is responsible for ensuring that Farmer Boys maintains consistent operational standards across every element of the brand and delivers a high quality, reliable guest experience in every restaurant.
“It has been one of the greatest highlights of my career to be part of the Farmer Boys family these past few years, and I couldn’t be more excited to keep this strong organization growing,” said Lucas. “Our guests know and love Farmer Boys for our exceptional service, great food and streamlined operations, and I look forward to continuing to grow upon our current systems and excellent reputation.”
Lucas joined the Farmer Boys team in 2017 as a franchise business consultant and has served the company as director of franchise operations since early 2018. During his tenure, Lucas oversaw all the system’s franchised locations and was responsible for building upon Farmer Boys’ high standards of restaurant service at those locations. Additionally, Lucas was the driving force behind the successful improvement in drive-thru service times which resulted in increased customer satisfaction. In addition to his experience at Farmer Boys, Lucas has more than 30 years of hospitality and restaurant experience and has held operational and managerial positions at Andre Boudin Bakeries, Starbucks, and Marriott Hotels.
“John’s experience and success at Farmer Boys speaks for itself. He knows the ins and outs of our operations and has an impressive track record. I feel confident that John will lead our operations team to continued success in his new role,” said Dave Wetzel, president and chief operating officer of Farmer Boys.
To learn more about Farmer Boys, view their menu of farm fresh fare, or find the restaurant location, download the Very Important Farmer ‘VIF’ app, visit www.farmerboys.com, and follow the brand at @FarmerBoysFood on Instagram and Facebook, and @FarmerBoys on Twitter.
About Farmer Boys®
Founded in 1981, Farmer Boys® is a farm-to-table fast-casual restaurant chain serving award-winning burgers and all-day breakfast, stacked sandwiches, hand-chopped salads, and signature hand-breaded zucchini sticks and onion rings. At Farmer Boys, Farm Food Ain’t Fast Food®. Farmer Boys is annually recognized with ‘Best Of’ food awards, voted by consumers who value generous portions of farm fresh food at a fair price. The burger concept has also been recognized by notable industry publications, including being named one of Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Farmer Boys currently operates restaurants in California and Nevada. For more information, visit www.farmerboys.com.
Dine Brands Global, Inc. Announces International President and Chief Information Officer Appointments
June, 23 2020
Dine Brands, the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, announces the appointment of Tony Moralejo as President, International and Global Development; and Justin Skelton, Chief Information Officer. Moralejo and Skelton are both experienced leaders who will make an immediate impact in the recovery and acceleration of the business post crisis. They will report to Thomas Song, Chief Financial Officer, and join the Dine Brands Executive Team.
Moralejo joins Dine from CHURCH’S/TEXAS CHICKEN (Cajun Operating Company), an international quick service restaurant company. Moralejo’s prior experience spans over two decades, leading global teams in various operations, franchise development and legal leadership roles at Burger King.
Skelton joined Dine in June 2019 as Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Operations and most recently served as Dine’s acting Chief Information Officer. Previously, Skelton served as Vice President, Infrastructure, Support, and Operations at CVS Health. He also held various leadership positions at Bank of America, serving as Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer within the Insurance Services division, as well as Chief Technology Officer for the home loans and insurance division.
“As we get through the global pandemic we realize we must have key leadership and capabilities in place to compete effectively everywhere, on all brands, across all geographies,” says Thomas Song, Dine Brands, Inc. CFO. “Re-shaping our portfolio for long-term growth for all franchisees across the globe has always been our mission, and our approach is about deliberate and sustainable growth, with a technology infrastructure that supports and enables all restaurants. Tony and Justin have a clear understanding of this, and they are the perfect leaders to help evolve our growth and technology platforms of the future.”
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (Nasdaq: STKS), today announced appointment of Maria Woods as General Counsel. She will also be assuming the role of Corporate Secretary from Chief Administrative Officer Linda Siluk, who has resigned and is pursuing other career opportunities.
Ms. Woods brings over 25 years of legal experience to The ONE Group, including nearly two decades as in-house counsel to both public and private companies. Most recently, she served as General Counsel for Lucky’s Market, where she provided strategic legal counsel for all aspects of the company’s natural and organic grocery operations. Prior to that, Ms. Woods served as Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs and General Counsel at National CineMedia. Earlier in her career, she was the Associate General Counsel at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, General Counsel at Latis Networks, and Assistant General Counsel at Sun MicroSystems.
Ms. Woods earned her law degree from the University of Denver and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
Emanuel “Manny” Hilario, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to welcome Maria to The ONE Group’s executive team. Maria is a strategic thinker with an extensive legal background and will be a vital asset to our entire organization. We are confident that her insights will be invaluable as we continue to drive growth and build long-term shareholder value.”
“On behalf of the entire team at The ONE Group, I would like to thank Linda for her many contributions to the Company over the last three years. We wish her much success in her future endeavors,” concluded Hilario.