By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Restaurants | Issue: February 2014
Mazzio’s LLC President and CEO Sheri Miksa.
Tulsa-based Mazzio’s LLC, owner and operator of the Mazzio’s Italian Eatery and Oliveto Italian Bistro brands, has named Sheri Miksa, an industry veteran with over 25 years in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries, as President and CEO effective Jan. 13.
“We are thrilled to have attracted an experienced fast casual restaurant industry CEO like Sheri Miksa,” said Eric Selby, on behalf of Mazzio’s LLC’s ownership group. “We are certain Sheri’s strong industry background and experience, including her substantial time in the fast casual segment and with franchised organizations, will help us continue to build our brands in the growing casual Italian segments.”
Mazzio’s origins began in 1961 with the Pizza Parlor, later known as Ken’s Pizza, founded by Ken Selby. Today the Mazzio’s corporation, parent to the Mazzio’s and Oliveto concepts, has grown to more than 140 locations, in 10 states.
Most recently, Miksa was CEO of fast casual emerging concept Boneheads Grilled Fish & Piri Piri Chicken. Miksa’s previous CEO roles include leading the 150-unit fast casual Rubio’s Restaurants chain (Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grills – then NASDAQ: RUBO), and the 140-unit Robeks Juice brand, a 99 percent franchised fast casual chain. At Robeks, the number of restaurants increased by 50 percent during her tenure.
“I am excited about the future of Mazzio’s,” said Miksa. “Fast casual Italian is an under-served and growing segment. Mazzio’s has been serving craveable pizzas, pastas and hot Italian sandwiches for over 50 years. I look forward to leading the company and working with the great people at Mazzio’s to achieve the brands’ significant growth potential, and to bringing the Mazzio’s experience – quality, flavorful, Italian dishes served fast, in a warm, inviting environment – to more markets across the country.”
Previously, Miksa held executive roles with AFC Enterprises’ Seattle Coffee Company, Taco Bell Corporation, and LSG Sky Chefs. She earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska.
Mazzio's Italian Eatery's 140 locations offer expedited service and convenience, great value, and high quality menu items in a fast casual setting. The family-friendly menu features varieties of pizza, pasta, salad and sandwiches for lunch and dinner, making it a perfect choice for dine-in, carryout, delivery or catering needs.
The Oliveto Italian Bistros, with locations in Oklahoma and Texas, provide artisan-inspired dishes in an upscale neighborhood dining concept. Open for lunch, dinner and later, the bistro menu board boasts appetizers, entrees, desserts and a wide variety of beers, wines and cocktails.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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