QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® RESTAURANT ADDS TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS IN 20112011-08-29 19:48:29
Quaker Steak & Lube® welcomes Debra Koenig and John Beckert to their Board of Directors
SHARON, PA. – August 29, 2011 – The Award-Winning national restaurant chain Quaker Steak & Lube® welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors in 2011 – John Beckert, of Highlander Partners, and Debra Koenig of B2A, LLC. These two members join the existing seven members of The Lube®’s Board.
Quaker Steak & Lube® Board Members include President and CEO John Longstreet, Co-Founders Gary Meszaros and George Warren, as well as Mike Stack, Lee Cohn, Raymond Joll and David Strang.
John Beckert, of the Investment Firm Highlander Partners, joined the Board of Directors in early 2011. Prior he was CEO and President of ClubCorp, the world leader in private clubs, with more than 150 golf & country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in 25 states with over 350,000 members. This background along with his previous experience as President of Bristol Hotels & Resorts, the largest independent hotel management company in North America, leads to a deep knowledge of food & beverage, hotels and resorts. Beckert’s extensive hospitality background will help mold the future of guest-focused revenue producing practices at Quaker Steak & Lube®.
Debra Koenig, of B2A, LLC, also provides an extensive background, specifically in the food service industry. Koenig was formerly CEO at VICORP Restaurants, Inc, where she oversaw a portfolio of 400+ family-style restaurants and 12,000 employees spread over 25 states. Prior to VISCORP, Koenig held the position of McDonald’s President of the Southeast Division, operating over 2,600 locations in 14 states. Koenig’s contributions will be crucial going forward as Quaker Steak & Lube® continues its national expansion.
Today, The Lube® has over 40 locations nationwide and has won more than 100 national and international awards for their wings and sauces. Most recently, Quaker Steak & Lube® was voted Festival Favorite at the 2010 National Buffalo Wing Festival. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube®, please visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.
About Quaker Steak & Lube®:
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., the original Quaker Steak & Lube® began as a cook-your-own steak restaurant, before expanding to over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events has afforded The Lube® a cult-like fan following. Today, Quaker Steak & Lube® has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won more than 100 national and international awards for its wings and 25 different wing sauces. Most recently it was named the 2010 Festival Favorite at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York. For more information visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.
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