Mexican fast-casual chain promotes from within to name new VP of Operations and VP of Finance
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Taco Cabana, known for its Mexican patio cafe environment and true flavors of Mexico-inspired menu, announced today that two members of its leadership team were promoted to key roles within the company.
Mark Phillips was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Gerardo Arce was named Vice President of Finance.
With more than 30 years of restaurant experience, Phillips joined Taco Cabana in 1995 as a Regional Vice President. Prior to joining the company, he served as Director of Operations Services for AFC Enterprises, the parent company of Church’s Chicken and Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits. Phillips’ restaurant experience began in 1979 with a Burger King franchise in Knoxville, Tenn. He later joined the Burger King Corporation in 1982 where he gained experience in restaurant management, domestic and international operations training management, company district management and franchise operations management.
Arce joined Taco Cabana in February 2008 as Director of Finance. Before joining the company, he served as the Director of Accounting and Financial Planning and Analysis for Masco Contractor Services based in Daytona Beach, Fla. While at Masco, Arce oversaw mergers and acquisitions, operational reporting and analysis, financial process improvements and the annual budget and monthly forecast process. Prior to Masco, he was the Assistant Controller for Cardinal Health, a pharmaceutical distribution company based out of Dublin, Ohio.
“If you look at their track record, it’s clear why we decided to promote Mark and Gerardo from within,” said Todd Coerver, interim Chief Operating Officer. “They both bring experience, talent and passion for our brand. We’ve architected this leadership team to reflect our balanced approach to the business – ensuring every move is brand-right, operationally reasonable and fiscally responsible. As we continue to grow and evolve, I’m thrilled to have these partners as we guide this company and brand to the next level.”