HONOLULU — Recently, Merriman’s Hawai‘i achieved a long-term goal — every executive chef and management role at each Merriman’s location is being held by someone who was promoted from within the company. This marks a milestone for this respected hospitality group who considers their team “like ‘ohana.”
“This has been a long-term goal for Merriman’s Hawai‘i,” said Merriman’s Hawai‘i Chief Executive Officer Cristina Schenk. “Today, everyone in management is someone who grew with us. We’re lucky have a core group of staff at each of our locations that has been with us since the beginning, and we’d like to keep that tradition going.” Here are other examples from Merriman’s Hawai‘i’s other locations:
• The Merriman’s Kaua‘i team also promoted from within, hiring current Executive Chef Dominic Garcia as a cook in 2016 and current General Manager Megan Chalmers as a cashier in 2009.
• Merriman’s Honolulu welcomed back chef Brycen as executive chef, who first joined the Merriman’s Hawai‘i team in 2014 and last served as a sous Ccef at Merriman’s Kapalua. Elizabeth Walters is also now the general manager when she was previously a cocktail server back in 2017.
• Merriman’s Kapalua’s current General Manager Danielle Kuck started with the company as a cocktail server in 2009, and Executive Chef Damian Rubio started as a cook in 2010.
• At Merriman’s Waimea, Benjamin Brinton, began his Merriman’s career in 2014 as a server, then floor manager, and ultimately as the current general manager alongside their Executive Chef Sean Franco, who began as a sous chef in 2021.
Merriman’s Hawai‘i is committed to offering their staff resources and internal growth opportunities as hospitality is the leading industry for Hawai‘i. They do so by encouraging an environment that facilities growth and mentorship along with one of the highest hospitality wages (minimum wage of $25/hour) in Hawai‘i. This all ultimately serves their mission of growing a staff that feels like family and wants to be promoted within.
Source: The Garden Island