Shari’s Chief Financial Officer Keith A. Wall announced today the promotion of senior executive Vickie Irish to the position of Vice President of People Engagement and Development. Shari’s Café & Pies currently has 95 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
“Vickie’s new title best presents the level of her proven skills in identifying and developing top talented people in all areas of the brand from our restaurants to our Support Center,” said Wall. “In today’s highly competitive environment, sourcing, developing, and retaining top performing and talented people is the difference between winning and losing. Vickie is the person to ensure we have those people onboard as we move Shari’s forward.”
Irish rose through the ranks at Shari’s starting as a food server at the Bend, Oregon Café, then assistant general manager and general manager before joining the corporate offices in 1989 to lead training and human resources. Shari’s training systems are considered one of the best as they are a pioneer in developing and delivering online training for restaurants operating in multiple states. Irish serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon Restaurant Education Foundation (OREF), and she is involved with Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHRT). She holds a PHR certification and an HR certificate from Portland State University.
Shari’s is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest providing regionally sourced, fresh, made-to-order meals that bring family and friends together. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, each Shari’s Cafe & Pies location is open 24-hours a day with a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees and a large selection of award-winning specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 95 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming.