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John C. Metz, Sr.

Executive Chairman

John C. Metz began his career in the food service management industry in 1967 with the founding of Custom Management Corporation. The result was outstanding: this small regional provider grew into an industry leader and innovator and set the standards for the competition to follow. Metz’s success is well documented and recognized by his peers through a variety of prestigious awards including the IFMA Silver Plate Award, Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award, and Restaurant Business’ coveted Leadership Award.

In 1987, Custom Management was acquired by Morrison’s Hospitality Group and John Metz was named Chairman and CEO of Morrison’s Custom Management. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of more than 900 accounts with a sales volume in excess of $600 million. He took a brief hiatus in which he turned his attention to other business endeavors, but he really never left the industry which was his first love—in fact he expanded his involvement by becoming a Trustee Board Member with the National Restaurant Association and the Culinary Institute of America. In the early 1990s, Metz expanded his interest to franchise operations. His company now owns and operates 9 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1995, Metz was awarded the T.G.I. Friday’s Domestic Franchise Developer of the Year. 

In 1994, Metz launched Metz Culinary Management, formerly Metz & Associates, specializing in providing dining management solutions for healthcare, educational, and corporate accounts. Metz Culinary Management was named #11 on Food Management Magazine’s top 50 food service management companies. In July 2008, Metz opened Northeastern Pennsylvania’s only Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

In 1994, John joined the board of directors of RARE Hospitality International, Inc., owner of Longhorn Steaks, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, and Capital Grille. He also serves as vice chairman of Leadership Roundtable and is one of its founding members. John is a former member of CEO and YPO, and a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

Restaurant Business magazine awarded him the Leadership Award in 1997, and a year later, Johnson & Wales University honored him with a Doctor of Business & Administration in Food Service Management, Honaris Canusa. In 2000, Metz was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Power Players” by Nation’s Restaurant News. John Metz was awarded the Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award and through this was voted by his peers for the prestigious MUFSO Operator of the Year in 2002. 

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Jeff Metz

President & CEO

Jeff Metz serves as President & CEO of Metz Culinary Management. He brings to the role over 35 years in the restaurant business and extensive operational knowledge of the hospitality industry, including employee relation management, operational excellence, and outstanding client partnership and communication skills.

Metz began his distinguished career with the H.J. Heinz Company. He later joined The Metz Group as manager for the Toms River, New Jersey T.G.I. Friday’s increasing sales and guest satisfaction. As his industry knowledge grew, so did his responsibilities within the company, and he advanced over time to Vice President of Operations and most recently as President & CEO of Metz Culinary Management. 

Today, Metz oversees more than 400 contract management accounts in 20 states, including the Metz Environmental Services division. Under his leadership, Metz Culinary Management was named #11 on Food Management Magazine’s top 50 food service management companies. In addition, Metz oversees the restaurant division, consisting of 9 T.G.I. Friday’s in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In 2016, Metz opened a Chick-fil-A at Mohegan Sun in North Carolina. In 2011 and again in 2016, Metz was awarded the T.G.I. Friday’s Franchisee of the Year award. Most recently, Jeff was named a winner of the 2017 IFMASilver Plate Award.

Beyond his business success, Jeff’s commitment to the community and feeding those children and adults in need is apparent in his work on behalf of the Share Our Strength/No Kids Hungry organization, along with the United Way and the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) organization. Jeff was also a member of the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania for six years. He was awarded their highest honor, The Golden Wishbone Award and the Make-A-Wish Star Wand, placing him in the organization’s distinguished Chris Grecius Society of Joy.   He is a Past Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association and served as their chairman of the Political Action Committee and the Political Education Committee. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Penn State SHM Industry Advisory Council. Jeff holds a degree in business from Washington & Jefferson College.

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