Fork & Salad, the Maui-based fast casual eatery specializing in healthy options and local Hawaiian flavors, has promoted longtime employee Lauren Mann to the brand’s inaugural Director of Operations and Director of Franchisee Management. In the newly created position, Mann will oversee the daily operations of all Fork & Salad locations, both currently existing and upcoming, and provide new franchisees with the tools they need to develop, open, and operate their Fork & Salad franchised stores.
“I’ve spent the last few years learning and developing my management style from Travis, Jaron, and Cody, and to now be working with them in a new capacity, and for such a fast-growing brand like Fork & Salad, is an exciting endeavor,” says Mann. “I’ve watched as they built Fork & Salad from the ground up, so I’m well-equipped to assist new franchisees through the same process and give them the resources they need to successfully run a Fork & Salad location in any market.”
Mann has spent the last four years working alongside Fork & Salad owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin, and Cody Christopher at their full-service restaurant concept, Three’s Bar and Grill. She was first hired as a restaurant manager, quickly working her way up to the corporate management level. When looking to hire a Director of Operations and Franchisee Management for the budding Fork & Salad franchise, they promoted Mann from within to fill the position.
“Lauren’s personable communication style, solid organizational skills, and effective follow-through make her a natural choice for this new leadership role,” adds Fork & Salad co-founder Travis Morrin. “We trust her wholeheartedly and know she’ll be a fantastic resource to support our franchisee family as we grow together.”
Founded in 2016, Fork & Salad was built with the purpose of helping to make farm-to-table cuisine as healthy, convenient, and affordable as possible. The menu, which proudly boasts 50+ locally grown ingredients, features a wide variety of healthy offerings such as sandwiches, salads, build-your-own options, and healthy beverages like housemade teas and organic kombucha. The Maui-based concept is committed to serving and supporting the island’s local residents and businesses, which it does by employing over 40 locals and sourcing ingredients from more than 25 Maui-based farmers and suppliers whenever possible.
Fork & Salad is partnered with Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company behind the success of household concepts like The Halal Guys and Five Guys Burgers & Fries, as its exclusive franchising partner to grow the brand.