James W. Evans, President
Mr. Evans received his degree in Accounting from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He is a CPA, formerly working in public accounting with the firm of Touche Ross and as an internal auditor with Borden International. Mr. Evans began his career with Cedar in 1988 and, for over twenty years, has played an instrumental role in the growth of the Company. Mr. Evans became President of Cedar in September 2008, having served most recently as Vice President of Finance. Mr. Evans was Treasurer and Managing Board Member of the Ohio Business Week, a non-profit organization serving Ohio High School Students.
Dan March, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. March received his BS degree in accounting and finance at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Cedar Enterprises Mr. March had nearly 30 years of business experience with McDonald’s Corporation. Most recently he was the Chief Ownership Strategy Officer for McDonald’s China. He was responsible for all Franchising initiatives within the China market that exceeded 25% of the China business. Prior to his role as a Chief Ownership Strategy Officer, Mr. March was an APMEA Controller, Chief Financial Officer for McDonald’s China and Chief Financial Officer of McDonald’s South Africa. Mr. March is member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants in the US.
Boyd Johanson, Senior Vice President of Operations
Mr. Johanson began his Cedar career in 2001 as District Manager of the Seattle market. He was promoted in 2002 to the position of Division Vice President of the San Antonio market, Cedar’s largest market at that time. In 2004, Mr. Johanson took on dual market responsibility, overseeing both the San Antonio and Hartford markets. In 2005, he assumed his current position as Senior Vice President – Operations, and is responsible for all five operating markets. Mr. Johanson is a 30 plus year industry professional serving with such brand leaders as Boston Market, Old Country Buffet, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, and Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants.
David A. Antis, Division Vice President – SeaWend Ltd.
Mr. Antis joined Cedar in 2008, coming from Wendy’s International’s Western Division, where his previous assignment was that of Field Training Manager, supporting company and franchise operators in the Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Hawaii markets. Prior to that assignment, which began in 2004, Mr. Antis was a District Manager in Seattle. Before joining Wendy’s, Mr. Antis was a Director of Operations for a Domino’s Pizza franchise organization as well as a Senior Franchise Consultant for Northern California Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
Mr. Garcia began his career with Cedar in July 2002 as District Manager in San Antonio. Prior to joining the Cedar organization, Mr. Garcia was a District Manager for Wendy’s of Bowling Green, Kentucky where he began his Wendy’s career in 1990 and progressed through a number of managerial positions of increasing responsibility. In joining Cedar, Mr. Garcia returned to his home, San Antonio, and was honored as “District Manager of the Year” in his first full year with the Company. He was promoted to his current position, Division Vice President, in August 2005.
Gina Garcia, Division Vice President – Wendy’s of Las Vegas
Ms. Garcia is the longest serving key operating manager in the organization, having joined the Company in 1993 as an Assistant Manager Trainee. Throughout her career, she gained successful experience and expertise in every restaurant manager position within the Company; namely Assistant Manager, Co. Manager, General Manager, Training Store Manager, District Manager, and ultimately Division Vice President with her most recent promotion in July 2008. Ms. Garcia’s leadership has produced major improvements in sales, quality service, and customer satisfaction in the Las Vegas market, one of the highest ranking SOE (Leadership, Quality, Service, Cleanliness, and Food Safety) markets in the entire Wendy’s system. In October of 2013 at the Wendy’s Convention, Gina was awarded The Wendy Award for the Western Region. The Wendy Award is presented to franchisees who excel in all areas of the business. This much-deserved award showcases Gina’s high operational standards, her strong commitment to training and development, and her proven success with local store marketing.
Mr. Paine joined Cedar in 2004 as District Manager of the San Antonio market. He was promoted to his current Division Vice President position in October 2006. Mr. Paine came to the Cedar organization from Wendy’s International where he held the position of District Manager, managing six stores in a broad geographic area within Maine and New Hampshire. Mr. Paine has a combined twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry, with the initial years served with Pizza Hut and Papa Gino’s. Mr. Paine completed his Associates Degree in Managerial Accounting at Mid-State College in Auburn, Maine in 1993.
Paramjit Bains, Division Vice President – Cedar Restaurants of BC
Ms. Bains joined Cedar in December 2014 as a District Manager in our Vancouver market. She was recently promoted to the Division Vice President position on January 2nd, 2017. Ms. Bains began her career at Wendy’s in 1994 as a crew employee and worked her way up into more managerial positions throughout the Wendy’s organization. She was awarded District Manager of the year for Wendy’s in 2012 and 2014. In 2015 she was awarded the highest controllable profit district in the Cedar organization. Ms. Bains has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Punjab University, India.
Andy Boothby, Vice President – Engineering and Development
Mr. Boothby joined Cedar in January 2011, bringing with him an extensive 18 plus years in the restaurant industry. He began his career with Best Restaurant Equipment Co. in 1992 after receiving his Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from ITT. In 1996, Mr. Boothby joined Damon’s International, where he assisted in developing over fifty Damon’s restaurants in various parts of the country in addition to overseeing numerous remodels and maintenance projects. In 1999, he joined Max and Erma, initially as Facilities Construction Manager, and was later promoted to the position of Director of Franchise Development. Mr. Boothby received his Bachelor of Business Administration at Mount Vernon University in 2005, and earned his MBA at The Ohio State University in 2007.
Shawn M. Hiller, Vice President, Controller
Mr. Hiller received a BSBA degree in Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University. He is a CPA, formerly working in public accounting with the firm of Touche Ross and as an internal auditor with Borden International. Mr. Hiller began his career with Cedar in June 1989, during a pivotal period of the Company’s growth that included the acquisition of the San Antonio market. He has played an instrumental role in the continued growth of Cedar, serving in various accounting, administrative and leadership roles. Mr. Hiller serves as a member of Wendy’s Company CFO forum, addressing pertinent business issues in Wendy’s restaurants and financing. He is also a member of the AICPA, The Ohio Society of CPA’s and served on Boards for Hilliard YMCA, and the Hilliard City Schools.
Hans Rasmussen, Senior Director of IT
Mr. Rasmussen joined Cedar in 2014 as Senior Director of IT. Mr. Rasmussen started his career in the Hotel Industry as an Operations Manager. After 17 years in the Hotel Industry he moved onto MiMi’s Café (Bob Evans acquired MiMi’s Café a few years later) where he was the Director of IT. In 2010, Bob Evans promoted Mr. Rasmussen to their Columbus office to be the Director of IT. In his free time Mr. Rasmussen enjoys traveling with his wife in their RV and spending time with his three granddaughters.
Debbie Harmon, Director of H.R. Service
Ms. Harmon joined Cedar in 2000 as a Human Resources Manager. She was promoted to Director, H.R. Services in 2002 and assumed responsibility employee benefit activities and coordination of benefits with payroll administration. Prior to joining Cedar, she spent 25 years with Knott’s Berry Farm, a major amusement park in Southern California, holding various positions of increasing responsibility within Human Resources. Ms. Harmon holds a BA degree in journalism from California State University Long Beach and has been Senior Professional in Human Resources (“SPHR”) certified.
Mike Karam, Director of Legal Services
Mr. Karam joined Cedar in June 2014, representing the third generation of family members to work for the company. The grandson of Joseph Karam and the son of David Karam, Mike and his two brothers were practically raised in the business. Mr. Karam spent three years working as a Wendy’s crew person before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Wabash College, double majoring in Religion and Philosophy. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2011, and was licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio that same year. Prior to joining Cedar, Mr. Karam performed title and lease work for a major oil and gas exploration and production company operating in Southeastern Ohio. He also has experience in litigation, having worked as a Law Clerk and then Associate Attorney at a litigation boutique in Columbus. Mr. Karam is married to his wife Jamie, and the couple has a daughter and three dogs. He enjoys cooking, watching sports and imbibing blended scotch.
Traci Kathleen Mills, Director of Marketing
Ms. Mills, Director of Marketing, joined Cedar in 2004 having spent the 6 previous years with Wendy’s International’s marketing department. Ms. Mills career represents more than 20 years of expanding responsibilities in the areas of communications, public relations and marketing expertise with a strong emphasis with the Wendy’s brand. Ms. Mills is a graduate of The Ohio State University, majoring in Journalism.
Laurie Bergeson, Director of Training Cedar Enterprises, Inc.
Ms. Bergeson started in the Las Vegas market as an Assistant Manager in Training in June 1986. Upon completion of initial training, she helped open 2 stores in late 1986-early 1987. After a short period as a General Manager, she was moved to the Area Office as the Field Trainer/Human Resources Manager in mid-1987, for several years. Later Ms. Bergeson transitioned to a Field Trainer covering other Cedar Markets outside of Las Vegas to include San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Seattle. She has been involved in multiple new store openings and both store and market acquisitions over the years. Currently, she is the Director of Training for the five Cedar Markets. 2013 was a very busy year for Laurie as she played a key role in all eight restaurant openings, seven of which were the successful ultra-modern Image Activation restaurants.
Cedar’s senior management team oversees the operations of all markets and provides operational, human resources, training, IT, finance and accounting, and marketing support to each of the divisions. The Company’s Divisional Vice Presidents are located in their regions and maintain five to ten direct reports that each oversees the operations of five to eight restaurants. Each Divisional Vice President is directly responsible for all of the activities of their business unit, with the support of the Cedar corporate office.