(PHOENIX – Sept. 13, 2019) –In honor of National Food Service Worker Day, celebrated September 25, PDQ is shining a spotlight on Ernie Garza, one of the restaurant’s many outstanding team members who exhibits endless dedication to creating outstanding food and a welcoming environment for all PDQ guests.
Ernesto (Ernie) Garza started working for PDQ when he was 17-years-old. He quickly earned the respect of his peers by conquering tasks and leading by example. Over the past two years, Ernie has learned all positions in the kitchen and mastered the art of customer service. He is currently a shift lead manager.
“People like Ernie make the world a better place,” said PDQ Operating Director Kristy Haase. “One of Ernie’s first requests as a manager was to hire his brother-in-law Brayden, who has autism. Ernie coaches, sets goals and monitors Brayden progress. He’s truly a remarkable leader and we are lucky to have him on the team.”
About PDQ Arizona
Award-winning PDQ – short for “People Dedicated to Quality” – offers chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed and convenience of the fast food and fast casual segment. PDQ Arizona’s Tempe location opened in January 2019. John Hyland serves as the operating director for that location. PDQ also has a restaurant in Phoenix, located adjacent to Paradise Valley Mall, near Cactus and Tatum Blvd. Kristy Haase serves as operating director.
About PDQ National
Founded in 2011, Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. Beloved throughout the Southeast and now beyond for its hand-breaded chicken tenders, PDQ crafts delicious salads, sandwiches, bowls and hand-spun milkshakes fresh in store, every day. PDQ is committed to creating deep roots in its local communities and has given nearly $6 million in dollars and in-kind donations to local charities, schools, and organizations since its inception. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa (FL) and the concept now has locations throughout Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.