Meet the Great Steak Executive Team

America’s Premier Cheesesteak franchise boasts a proven leadership team with decades of experience

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Walter Mejia
Vice President of Operations

Walter Mejia, Vice President of Operations with Great Steak, has devoted his entire professional life to bettering the nation’s premier cheesesteak franchise. An industry veteran with nearly three decades with the Great Steak brand, Walter brings extraordinary expertise in management, sales, marketing and an absolute commitment to driving value to Great Steak franchise owners, as well as a firm commitment to maintain the brand’s standards for providing exceptional customer service. Starting in 1988, as a crew person at the Great Steak location in Los Angeles, California, Walter’s professional rise has included becoming a store manager of a Great Steak location, to becoming a supervisor, to being promoted to Regional Director of Operations in 1998. Walter accepted his current position in 2006, and he remains passionately devoted to helping the brand become the premier cheesesteak franchise in the United States and beyond.

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Jeff Smit
Kahala Brands Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Smit took over Chief Operating Officer responsibilities for Kahala Brands in June 2009, after successfully running the Blimpie® Brand as President from November 2007 until December 2014. Mr. Smit has more than 35 years of experience in food service management. His commitment to providing customers with the finest dining experiences has helped Blimpie® and Kahala grow. Mr. Smit’s wide-ranging skill set and passion for excellence allows him to provide all Kahala franchisees with the high quality products, training and support they need to help build and maintain great franchise operations.

 

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John Wuycheck
Senior Vice President of Development

Mr. Wuycheck has served as Kahala Brands’ Senior Vice President of Development since September 2014. Mr. Wuycheck is a distinguished franchising professional who has worked for a wide variety of successful and nationally-recognized franchise brands, including HomeSmart® International, Edible Arrangements®  and Seattle’s Best Coffee® . As an accomplished and visionary development executive, Mr. Wuycheck helps Kahala franchisees make smart decisions when buying a world-class food franchise. He works hand-in-hand with each franchise business owner to design concepts, strategies and processes to build amazing franchise locations.

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