Quaker Steak & Lube announced today that it has appointed Greg Lippert as chief executive officer effective immediately.
Lippert is a 30-year industry veteran, and since 2005 was chief executive officer of Mazzio's LLC, where he directed Mazzio's, Zio's Italian Kitchen Brands and recently introduced the Oliveto Italian Bistro to the portfolio of restaurants. He has extensive experience in restaurant leadership, operations and marketing. Lippert has been a featured speaker at the Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) and Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators (MUFSO) conferences, and has also served on restaurant industry boards and community volunteer boards.
"Greg is a proven visionary leader, and we're excited to have him join The Lube®," said Debra Koenig, chairman of the board. " As we embark on our 40th anniversary, adding a leader like Greg to our team will be instrumental to our continued growth and profitability. His skill set and insight into the restaurant industry will help propel our national expansion to both new and existing markets."
Prior to joining Mazzio's LLC, Lippert served as chief concept officer and chief operating officer of Fazoli's Management, Inc. He launched his career at The Procter and Gamble Company and The Seven-Up Company. Lippert earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from DePauw University.
"It's a great honor to join Quaker Steak & Lube® as the chief executive officer," said Lippert. "I look forward to working with our leadership team and franchisee community to help further drive the company's growth and keep the brand at the forefront of the highly competitive casual dining sector. The brand has a loyal customer base that has become attractive to the millennial generation."
The Lube® has projected 11 new restaurant openings in 2014 and recently opened a location in Warren, Ohio. Another restaurant opens today in Edison, N.J. The remainder will open throughout 2014 in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, with restaurants also debuting in Louisiana, Michigan and Nebraska.
The compelling décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and motor-themed memorabilia, combined with its crave-able nationally recognized Award-Winning menu and SuperCharged events, has created a cult-like following for The Lube® for 40 years. The company has more than 60 locations across 19 states and Canada.About Quaker Steak & Lube®:
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., Quaker Steak & Lube® has expanded to more than 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, race cars and corvettes suspended from the ceilings 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 hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and more than 25 different wing sauces.
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