Salata, a leading built-to-order salad kitchen, has promoted Michele Maerz to the position of president. Maerz, who previously served as the vice president of operations, brings over 30 years of restaurant industry experience to her new role. As Salata continues to expand, Maerz will lead the strategic vision and operational excellence of the brand. Her promotion follows the departure of Michelle Bythewood, who played a pivotal role in selecting Maerz as her successor. With her extensive background in the restaurant industry and operational expertise, Maerz is poised to guide Salata to the next level of growth.
Driving Operational Excellence
During her tenure as vice president of operations, Maerz made significant contributions to Salata’s operational procedures. Her leadership resulted in improved operational efficiencies and the establishment of a partnership that opened new revenue streams on major corporate campuses and facilities in Houston and Dallas. Maerz also spearheaded the introduction of several new menu items, including a Certified Angus Beef® steak protein option, catering to diverse customer preferences.
Maerz’s experience in the restaurant industry spans various leadership roles. Before joining Salata, she served as the regional vice president of On The Border Grill & Cantina, overseeing operations in multiple states. She also held positions at Lazy Dog Restaurants and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., where she successfully opened new locations and ensured operational excellence across multiple regions.
With her deep understanding of the industry and proven track record, Maerz is well-positioned to further enhance Salata’s operational practices. Her focus on quality and commitment to operational efficiencies will undoubtedly contribute to the brand’s continued success.
Expansion and Franchise Growth
As Salata’s new president, Maerz will play a crucial role in driving the brand’s expansion efforts. Salata currently operates over 90 corporate and franchised restaurants across several states, including Texas, Georgia, Southern California, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Maerz’s goal is to double the number of Salata restaurants over the next five years, bringing healthy and customizable meal options to more communities nationwide.
Under Maerz’s leadership, Salata will continue to prioritize quality and accessibility. The brand’s mission is to make fresh and customizable meal options readily available to customers, catering to diverse dietary needs and preferences. With a focus on operational excellence and customer satisfaction, Salata is well-positioned to attract franchisees and expand its presence in both existing and new markets.
Maerz’s Extensive Industry Expertise
Maerz’s extensive industry experience, including her previous roles at renowned restaurant chains, has equipped her with a strong foundation for driving operational excellence and brand growth. Her tenure at Brinker International, Inc. and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. provided valuable insights into managing operations and achieving consistent results across multiple locations.
Maerz’s background in regional and area management positions has allowed her to hone her skills in driving operational excellence, training teams, and fostering a positive work culture. Her experience in overseeing new restaurant openings and managing a diverse range of locations positions her well to navigate Salata’s expansion plans successfully.
Embracing Salata’s Mission
As president, Maerz is passionate about Salata’s mission to provide healthy, fresh, and customizable meal options to communities across the country. She is dedicated to upholding the brand’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. With her strong leadership and operational expertise, Maerz will guide Salata as it continues to make a positive impact in the lives of customers seeking nutritious dining choices.
With the appointment of Michele Maerz as president, Salata is poised for continued growth and success. Maerz’s extensive experience in the restaurant industry, coupled with her operational expertise, will drive the brand’s expansion plans and ensure operational excellence. As Salata looks to double its restaurant count over the next five years, Maerz’s strategic vision and commitment to quality will be instrumental in achieving this goal. Under her leadership, Salata will continue to provide fresh, customizable salads and wraps while making healthy dining options accessible to communities nationwide.
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