Julianna Christian, Jason Akin promoted to Smokey Bones emerging director roles
Smokey Bones promoted Aaron Hall to director of Operations in Pennsylvania and Terrence Stevenson to director of Operations in the Georgia and Carolinas territory. The two promotions will strengthen the casual-dining chain’s business and bolster support to the respective restaurants of each director.
Operations director promotions
Aaron Hall’s career at Smokey Bones began 13 years ago as a bartender leading to her eventual promotion to general manager. As a store leader, the Plantation, Fla.-based chain noted she “grew her business, developed, and exported talent within her area.”
Having started at Smokey Bones in 2014, Stevenson served as general manager, in charge of operations and nearly 60 team members. Growing the business, he also improved customer satisfaction by more than 20 percent. Stevenson cultivated team staff and helped develop operational leaders across his region.
“Aaron and Terrence are leaders in culture and performance and have contributed extensively to the growth of Smokey Bones, both at their respective restaurants and in the regions they serve,” said James O’Reilly, chief executive of Smokey Bones. “We are proud of their accomplishments and excited for the next chapter of their careers.”
Emerging director promotions
What’s more, the following stars have also accepted recent promotions and will continue to take on multi-unit leadership commitments within a broader territory area:
- Julianna Christian, general manager of the Robinson Township, Pa., restaurant, promoted to emerging director. Christian has been with the company for 17 years. She got her start at the Cranberry Township restaurant, as a server. Later on, Christian moved up to bar manager at the Robinson Township restaurant. Over time, she has taken on increased responsibility, writing the company newsletter and training employees
- Jason Akin, general manager of the Dayton, Ohio restaurant, promoted to emerging director role. Just joining nine months ago, it has quickly been evident to Smokey Bones that he is a star and invaluable. Having two decades of restaurant experience, Akin came from Red Lobster, where he was a general manager. At Smokey Bones, he has also helped provide regional support to the leadership teams in Grove City and Erie, Ohio.
Smokey Bones emerging director roles are pathways to greater opportunities within the organization.
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