The core of Our Brand is that of a Servant’s Heart. We approach everything we do with a humble servant’s heart — putting the needs of others above our own.
“You could tell from the beginning that he has a passion for learning but also a passion for coaching and teaching,” said ADoO Gus Bloom of Ricardo Pantoja, Servant’s Heart Leader in Dover Delaware. Ricardo Pantoja has a Servant's Heart and we are proud to share his story.
Mellia Haines, Assistant to the Director of Operations & Multi-Regional Catering Coordinator, Middle States
“She supports so many different people and is always willing to help no matter the time or the place,” said Jill Hammett. Mellia Haines has a Servant's Heart and we are proud to share her story.
Angeles Bravo, Kitchen Manager, Fredericksburg, VA
Angeles Bravo is "quite honestly one of the best kitchen managers, Servant Heart Leaders, in the back of the house that I've ever worked with and had the pleasure of knowing," says one of her Teammates. "She's truly a Servant's Heart and just a phenomenal leader.”
George Thomas, General Manager, Grennbelt, MD
"You know how everyone is supposed to have a best friend at work?" says one of his Teammates at MISSION BBQ. "He's my best friend." And that's how George Thomas serves everyone. Like friends and family. "He's always going to be there," they say. "No matter what." We say he has a true Servant's Heart.
Jason Ramsey, Dinning Room Lead, Westin, FL
"Jason is probably one of the kindest people you could ever meet. He's just an all-around great guy, you know. You don't meet guys like him very often in this world. If you ever need him, you know, he's there for you. He'll be there for you. He'll support you all the way." Jason Ramsey has a Servant's Heart and we are proud to share his story.
Matthew Keates, Pitmaster, California, MD
"I've had the honor and the privilege of watching Matthew Keates go from being a busboy to being a Servant's Heart Pitmaster," says Jim Bloomer, General Manager, at our California, MD MISSION BBQ. "He shows this Servant's Heart in the way he takes care of what's now his people."
Demetrius Weeden, General Manager, Waldorf, MD
"He's Truly a Great Person." His Teammates call him "selfless." "Mentor." "A father to me." One who always put others ahead of himself, while putting "a lot of time and attention and growth into younger people." He sees potential. He has grown leaders. Demetrius Weeden has Servant's Heart and we're proud he's on Our Team.
Thank You Teammates
They've given up their own scheduled hours so others in need could work during the pandemic. They've even taken part-time jobs at other businesses just to help out their overworked friends. "It wasn't about the money," says one Operating Partner about his Teammate. "She absolutely wanted to go support her friends."
Jenny Winchester, Community Ambassador, Wyomissing, PA
100% Real, From the Heart. Right away, when you meet Jenny Winchester, you can tell she’s a genuine person. Her Servant’s Heart is “100% real.” Whether caring for Our Customers and Our Teammates, or “adopting” a WWII Veteran who visits daily, she’s really inspiring.
Gaby Benitez, Community Ambassador Greenbelt, MD
Ever since graduating High School, Gaby Benitez has “wanted to do something that was worth doing.” Whether joining us at MISSION BBQ to better serve her Community or enlisting in the Army National Guard to serve Our Country, her Servant’s Heart just keeps getting bigger.
Silvia Gonzalez, Assistant Kitchen Manager, Glen Burnie, MD
Making Every Day A Better One. “Everybody is in a better mood,” says MISSION BBQ General Manager Duane Donn. “Everybody is just happy to be working with each other and I think we really see the camaraderie come out.” So who’s the one leading the way, making every day better? Silvia Gonzalez.
Jim Bloomer, General Manager, California, MD
Teacher. Mentor. Servant. His Teammates look up to Jim Bloomer like a father figure — one who leads “in the most kind and fatherly way, but with that stern manner.” His selfless service not only makes a difference in their lives, but to those he helps as an active Navy Reservist and everyone who walks into MISSION BBQ’s four walls.”
Craig Briggs & Maria Cordova Briggs
”It Comes From The Heart.” Married for 29 years, now working side-by-side at MISSION BBQ, Craig Briggs & Maria Cordova Briggs look after one big family of Police Officers, Firefighters, First Responders, active-duty military & veterans, and their Richmond community. “It’s about caring for other people, looking out for their well-being.”
Stephen "Scuba" Lippert, Operating Partner, Virginia Beach
Diving In To Make A Difference. Our Mission Is To Serve. And we need soldiers like Steve “Scuba” Lippert … Veterans who not only understand the industry but understand what our policy is. He has integrity, our admiration, and a humble Servant’s Heart.
Shannon Sperduto, NE Philadelphia
"What Can I Do For You?” That's how Shannon Sperduto greets everyone at our Philadelphia MISSION BBQ -- especially those in need. Whether it's a fundraiser for First Responders, a thoughtful card and hug, or feeding crowds at community events, Shannon is "constantly offering love and support."
Jeff Baker, Operating Partner, St. Matthews, KY
Jeff Baker brought out the best in everyone, always there to help, to teach and mentor, to be a friend and brother in arms. He was laid to rest on March 15, 2019. Just as we often heard him say to us with his favorite encouraging words,“We See You Shining” up there, Jeff.