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Brandon’s 18-Year Journey with Taco Bell

Brandon grew up at Taco Bell. Being a Taco Bell team member was his first job in high school, starting at age 15. What he intended to be “just a high school job,” quickly evolved into a thriving career.  Currently a Restaurant General Manager (RGM) at Summerwood’s Aberdeen, SD location, Brandon has now been with […]

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EJ Excels — And So Does Everybody Around Him

EJ serves as Restaurant General Manager (RGM) for our Glenolden location. He’s only been with us for four years, but he’s already sure he doesn’t want to work for anybody else! Summerwood is the employer he’s worked for the longest to date. “Summerwood is very important to me,” he says. “I come from a background […]

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Meet the Friendly Faces Behind Falls Church

We recently spent time with our Falls Church, VA team where we celebrated the promotions of Guarav and Christina to Project Coach and RGM, respectively. What we learned are all the reasons these special people stick around — and that’s good, because they’re the glue that keeps this place together! Here are some highlights about […]

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Vince on Culture & People Development

Culture is a combo of deluxe proportions at Summerwood. It’s a blending of people, opportunity, chosen family and heart, with a drizzle of excellence on every item. “ … the customer experience will never exceed the team member experience.” – Vince, RGM Meet Vince, RGM of our Gibbstown Taco Bell in New Jersey. He’s been […]

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Restaurant Veteran Joins Summerwood in the Midst of Pandemic

Adam has worked in the restaurant industry for 24 years. He joined Summerwood after five years as an Area Director for a Greek quick service restaurant (QSR) chain down South. He says he held several “above store” leadership roles before moving to Pennsylvania in 2020 to get married. Today, he’s one of our great Area […]

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Brian: Living Proof of Growth, Opportunity at Summerwood

This is Brian, a wonderful Area Coach for Summerwood. His is a story of “bouncing around, helping the company out” and climbing the career ladder steadily with Taco Bell for over two decades. He was humbled to be interviewed for the Summerwood blog. “It’s been a great ride so far and I’m enjoying it.” – […]

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Anastasia: The RGM Who Found Her Voice and a Family With Summerwood

What started as a way to pay for insurance on a new car, became a lifelong career for Anastasia, a Restaurant General Manager (RGM) for Summerwood Taco Bell. After graduating from high school in 2007, Anastasia got the push to apply for her first job from a friend who was already working for Taco Bell. […]

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Taco Bell Mathematician: Summerwood + Brahime = Career Success

When Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers,” we’re pretty sure he was talking about people like Brahime. Now a Restaurant General Manager (RGM) for our Franklin Mills Taco Bell, Brahime first joined Summerwood to help a friend. “I always want to help,” he says.   Brahime started as a team member simply looking for […]

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The Shift Lead Known As “Taco Bell Mom”

Michelle was already a mom to one of her own when she joined the Summerwood Taco Bell team in 1995 and became an honorary “Taco Bell Mom.” Her son was four months old at the time, and hospitalized with croup, when Michelle realized she needed to find a job. A neighbor worked for Taco Bell […]

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So Much More than Just a Career: Best Friends + Life Lessons

Meet Teara and Destiny, close friends who met while working at our Deptford, NJ Taco Bell. Teara says she only worked for Summerwood for about a year or so, and yet it led to a special lifelong friendship that’s now lasted 14 years. For some, a first job at Taco Bell goes a long way! […]

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