Over 35 years’ experience in the restaurant industry that includes quick service, full service and hotel food & beverage concepts. He started with McAlister’s Corporate as a franchise consultant for Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Opened 25 McAlister’s throughout that territory and was promoted to Senior Director of company operations with over 35 restaurants and annual system sales over $100 million. He joined Southwest Restaurants Group in 2007. He is a third generation graduate of The Ohio State University. He has a wife, 4 kids and 2 grandkids.
Vice President of Operations
Over 23 years experience in restaurants industry including both full service and fast casual concepts. He began with McAlister’s Deli as an assistant manager over 11 years ago. He held positions as General Manager, Manager of Restaurant Openings, Area Director, and Director of Company Operations with McAlister’s Corporate before joining Southwest Deli Group in January of 2014. He enjoys the outdoors and friends. He has a wife and daughter.
Vice President – Training
Over 28 years with Church’s Fried Chicken in various positions. Opening General Manager for McAlister’s on Rankin Highway. Held positions as Regional Manager as well as Director of Openings for all McAlister’s. She enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening.
F. Bruce Bannister
Over 27 years with Luby’s Cafeterias Inc. Part of founding team for SWDG served as Director of Operations and opened 8 McAllister’s. Currently serves as Project Director that includes support for technology as well as construction and equipment. He has been married for 41 years and has 2 adult sons. He has been a private pilot for 30 years and enjoys photography.
Over 4 years experience with Golden Corral, including the position of General Manager. Started as an assistant manager for McAlister’s before being promoted to General manager of our Rankin Highway location. Currently he oversees all central region McAlister’s, including the cities of Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, and Abilene. He is a native of St Louis, Missouri and a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams. He is an avid fitness enthusiast.