President & CEO
Jeff Metz serves as President & CEO of Metz Culinary Management. He brings to the role over 30 years in the restaurant business and extensive operational knowledge of the hospitality industry, includ- ing employee relation management, operational excellence, and out- standing 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 com- pany, 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 385 contract management accounts in 20 states, including the Metz Environmental Services division. Un- der his leadership, Metz Culinary Management was named one of their top 8 risers by Food Management magazine based on highest growth rate and #12 on their top 50 food service management com- panies. In addition, Metz oversees the restaurant division, consisting of 10 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 Connecticut. In 2011 and again in 2016, Metz was awarded the T.G.I. Friday’s Franchisee of the Year award. Most re- cently, Jeff was named a winner of the 2017 IFMA Silver Plate Award.
Beyond his business success, Jeff’s commitment to the community and feeding those children and adults in needs is apparent in his work on behalf of the Share Our Strength/No Kids Hungry organi- zation, along with the United Way and the Commission on Econom- ic 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 Associ- ation and served as their chairman of the Political Action Committee and the Political Education Committee. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization and the Penn State SHM Industry Advisory Council. Jeff holds a degree in business from Washington & Jeffer- son College. He resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Susan, daughters Kaitlyn and Ashley, and son Jeffrey.
Past Chairman, Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (2011-2012)
Past Vice Chair of the Board,
Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (2010-2011)
Past Chairman, Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Political Action Committee
Past Chairman, Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Political
Education Committee Member,
President’s Council Member,
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Franchise
Board of Trustees Member, Wyoming
Seminary College Preparatory School Board Member, Furmano Foods Vice Chairman, Leadership Roundtable
Member Director, Board of Directors, Havest Insurance Company
Finance Committee Member, The Wright Center for Community Health
Member, Penn State University SHM Industry Advisory Board
Member, Young President’s Organization
Silver Plate Award, International Food Service Manufacturer Association (2017)
Operator of the Year,
T.G.I. Friday’s (2002)
Franchisee Group of the Year,
T.G.I. Friday’s (2011& 2016)
Past Board of Director, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Northeastern Pennsylvania
Recipient of The Golden Wishbone Award and Make-A-Wish Start Wand, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Member, Council Misericordia,
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