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Shari’s Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy

Shari's Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy Beaverton, Ore. - (June 4, 2015) - Shari's Café & Pies  announces the addition of Rob Geresi as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Geresi joins their executive leadership team as one of many significant changes...

Shari’s Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy

Beaverton, Ore. – (June 4, 2015) – Shari’s Café & Pies  announces the addition of Rob Geresi as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Geresi joins their executive leadership team as one of many significant changes occurring at Shari’s.

“Shari’s has been evolving at a rapid pace over the last couple years.  We’ve re-imaged nearly 60% of our locations with contemporary building innovations; we’ve revamped our menu offerings with additional fresh, local and season item, and we’ve combined it all together with new branding elements.  The updates were all driven by extensive guest feedback”, said Bruce MacDiarmid, President and CEO.  “Rob is a key piece of the puzzle.  He brings a wealth of restaurant and entrepreneurial experience to our organization, and we’re confident he’ll help us continue the strong sales and guest count growth trend we’ve been experiencing.”

Mr. Geresi’s background includes senior positions for Sonic Corp and Red Robin International.  He was co-founder of New York Bagel Enterprises.  In 1995, he received the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Shari’s is the largest full-service chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s Cafe & Pies are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 96 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Shari’s Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu

Shari's Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu Beaverton, OR May 28,2014 Shari’s Café & Pies has launched a series of design initiatives that contemporize their brand. In the last 30 days Shari’s released their new website, a new menu and completed an...

Shari’s Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu

Beaverton, OR May 28,2014

Shari’s Café & Pies has launched a series of design initiatives that contemporize their brand. In the last 30 days Shari’s released their new website, a new menu and completed an extensive remodel one of their restaurants.

“We’ve been modifying design and branding elements on all fronts over the past few years. Shari’s is a heritage brand that our team has been working to contemporize while maximizing our core brand strengths of Simply Great Food and Friendly Service. This is the most significant movement we’ve taken in that direction to date”, said Bruce MacDiarmid, CEO & President of Shari’s. He continued with describing the new designs as embracing Shari’s northwest roots and commitment to providing fresh, regional and seasonal products alongside their award-winning pies. “The remodel, website and new menu all genuinely evolved from our northwest heritage. We have a rich history in the region and we celebrate it with a distinct northwest flavor that is defined with these new initiatives”.

The new remodel design features colors and materials that reflect a more contemporary appearance while remaining true to its ‘local’ neighborhood restaurant appeal. Natural woods and stone replace the original design that was developed in the 70s.
The new website and menu focus on local and fresh and seasonal flavors and products

Shari’s Raises Almost $130,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs

Shari’s Raises Almost $130,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs The West Coast Chain Continues Its On-Going Support of the Boys & Girls Clubs with A Golf Scramble and Pie Sale Fundraiser. Contact:  Michael Kiriazis Vice President of Marketing 503-605-4151 mkiriazis@sharis.com Beaverton, Ore. - (June 26, 2014) - Shari's Café &...

Shari’s Raises Almost $130,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs

The West Coast Chain Continues Its On-Going Support of the Boys & Girls Clubs with A Golf Scramble and Pie Sale Fundraiser.

Contact:  Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing
503-605-4151
mkiriazis@sharis.com

Beaverton, Ore. – (June 26, 2014) – Shari’s Café & Pies today announced the proceeds generated with the 19th Annual “Grip It & Rip It” charity golf scramble.  The final total from this year’s event was over $128,000 donated to continue the excellent work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.  Shari’s enhanced their Boys & Girls Clubs fundraising effort for 2014 with a one week promotion in the Greater Portland/Vancouver area in which a $1 was donated for every pie sold at Shari’s the week of June 2nd, which raised over $5,000.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs do life-changing work with children in our Oregon communities, and Shari’s is proud of the partnership we’ve made over the past 19 years,” said Bruce MacDiarmid, CEO of Shari’s Management Corporation.  “As a locally owned Oregon Company, we are thrilled that we were able to raise this amount of money, thanks to the generous support of our vendor partners and friends.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland CEO, Erin Hubert claimed this year’s golf scramble was a huge success.

“Shari’s is an outstanding partner,” Hubert stated.  “The generous donation of $128,442 will be used to sustain our youth  guidance and development programs as well as expand our buildings and our staff.”

The  single-day event starts with a morning golf scramble for Sharii’s participants, followed by an afternoon round of golf for the Boys & Girls Club supporters, with a shared lunch.  Over the past 20 years of its involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs, Shari’s has raised over $2 Million for the charity.

Shari’s is the largest full-service chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s Restaurants are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 97 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Shari’s Wins Oregon Governor’s Sustainability Award

Shari's Wins Oregon Governor's Sustainability Award The Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon will honor Shari's Restaurant Group for their commitment to sustainable business practices at the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow on December 10th. Shari's was recognized for their commitment to developing restaurant-wide programs to reduce waste,...

Shari’s Wins Oregon Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon will honor Shari’s Restaurant Group for their commitment to sustainable business practices at the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow on December 10th.

Shari’s was recognized for their commitment to developing restaurant-wide programs to reduce waste, decrease energy and water consumption.

Bruce MacDiarmid, Shari’s CEO & President, states that Shari’s has increased its commitment to environmental responsibility over the years.  “Since 2008 we have reduced our total electricity usage by 6%, gas usage by 7% and water consumption by 19%”, he said.  “But it’s not just about saving dollars.”  MacDiarmid continued, “It’s about being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve.  Our guests in the northwest expect businesses to be environmentally conscious.  And we’ve been on the leading edge of those expectations.”  In addition, Shari’s purchases coffee beans from the Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms and recycles and converts cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.

“I’d like to commend these businesses for their efforts to keep Oregon at the forefront of the national movement  towards sustainability,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is the chair of the Sustainability Board.

In 2006, then Governor Ted Kulongoski issued an Executive Order directing the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (now known as Business Oregon) to establish an awards program to promote and advance the use of sustainable practices in government and the private sector.

Shari’s is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s Restaurants are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,00 employees, the chain currently has 98 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Contact:  Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing
503-605-4151
mkiriazis@sharis.com

5 Reasons The Thirst For Water Technology Will Grow In 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 5 Reasons The Thirst For Water Technology Will Grow In 2014 Certain companies, such as beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, have invested in serious conservation measures for years. Yet periods of drought and concerns over the energy-food-water nexus have made water a far greater topic...

5 Reasons The Thirst For Water Technology Will Grow In 2014

Certain companies, such as beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, have invested in serious conservation measures for years. Yet periods of drought and concerns over the energy-food-water nexus have made water a far greater topic of concern in board rooms and city halls.

Ideas for improving access are at the center of some notable corporate social responsibility initiatives. In October, for example, a coalition of companies led by Coca-Cola pledged to deliver up to 2,000 off-grid water purification systems to developing regions.

Like energy, water is a universal issue: every facility, product, community and person is touched by it somehow. As the United Nations notes: “Water scarcity is both a natural and a human-made phenomenon. There is enough freshwater on the planet for 7 billion people but it is distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed.”

Reversing that trend will take a serious annual investment: almost $840 billion, or $1.8 trillion over the next 20 years, estimates the U.N. University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-UIWEH). The good news is that this could deliver almost $3 trillion in economic, environmental and social benefits.

“As we approach some planetary tipping points, and resulting irreversible changes, innovative perspectives and paradigm shifts are necessary,” said Nikhil Seth, director of the division of sustainable development at the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Which tipping points will matter most to your business? Here are five factors driving the urgent need for better global water efficiency.

Read the full article at GreenBiz.com

Source URL: https://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/12/17/5-reasons-our-thirst-water-technology-will-grow-2014

Author: Heather Clancy

Shari’s Partners With Meals On Wheels

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Shari’s Partners With Meals On Wheels Shari's Cafe & Pies today announced that its October Fundraiser raised over $25,000 for Meals-on-Wheels Centers around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The promotion provided a incentive of a Free Slice of Pie to any guest who donated a Dollar or...

Shari’s Partners With Meals On Wheels

Shari’s Cafe & Pies today announced that its October Fundraiser raised over $25,000 for Meals-on-Wheels Centers around the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The promotion provided a incentive of a Free Slice of Pie to any guest who donated a Dollar or more to their local Meals on Wheels Centers. The promotion raised funds for the Meals-On-Wheels organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, wherever Shari’s has a location.
“Many of our guests are seniors, so making a donation to Meals-On-Wheels was a natural choice for us,” said Michael Kiriazis, Vice President of Marketing for Sharis. “Our award-winning pies are second-to-none. We knew if we tied a slice of pie to a donation with a strong charitable cause, that our guests would support the promotion.”
“Shari’s is an outstanding partner,: Joan Smith, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes stated. “The generous $25,000 donation will be used to feed home-bound seniors and sustain some of our key programs.”
This is just one of the many charitable promotions Shari’s organizes throughout the year. Over the past 10 years, Shari’s has donated over $2 million to the NW Charities.
Contact: Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing
503-605-4151
MKiriazis@sharis.com

Shari’s Offers Holiday Meals- To Dine In, Or To Bring Home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Shari's Offers Holiday Meals- To Dine In, Or To Bring Home Shari's Cafe & Pies announces the return of their Holiday Meal Programs, which allows guests to enjoy a Holiday Meal at any Shari's location or to buy a Holiday Feast, to bring home and feed...

Shari’s Offers Holiday Meals- To Dine In, Or To Bring Home

Shari’s Cafe & Pies announces the return of their Holiday Meal Programs, which allows guests to enjoy a Holiday Meal at any Shari’s location or to buy a Holiday Feast, to bring home and feed the family.
Shari’s is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, offering a special holiday meal featuring a thick-sliced turkey dinner with all the trimmings, soup and salad AND a slice of Pie for only $14.99. Shari’s also offers their full menu throughout the day on each of those days.
Shari’s also is bringing back their Holiday Feast – back by popular demand. Shari’s Feast is a complete Holiday Meal that feeds 4-6 people. It features either All White Meat Turkey Breast or a Honey Glazed Ham, all the trimmings and a Whole Pie for just $59.95. The guests simply needs to heat, serve and enjoy. Every Feast comes with complete heating instructions to ensure that their meal comes out perfectly.
“Shari’s has a history of being open 24/7/365. We’ve been serving meals in our restaurants to families on these special days for decades”, said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President. “And now, with the Holiday Feast, they can enjoy our great Shari’s Holiday Meals and Pie in the comforts of their own homes”.
Shari’s is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s Restaurants are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With nearly 4,500 employees, the chain currently has 98 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Contact: Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing
503-605-4151
MKiriazis@sharis.com

Ecova Celebrates Shari’s Energy Efficiency Recognition

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Ecova Celebrates Shari's Energy Efficiency Recognition Last week, my colleagues and I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 BetterBricks Awards, an event honoring industry leaders in sustainable building. Our client, Jodenne Scott of Shari’s Restaurant was presented an award for the Building Management category. BetterBricks is a...

Ecova Celebrates Shari’s Energy Efficiency Recognition

Last week, my colleagues and I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 BetterBricks Awards, an event honoring industry leaders in sustainable building. Our client, Jodenne Scott of Shari’s Restaurant was presented an award for the Building Management category.

BetterBricks is a commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with a goal to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency best practices among building professionals. The BetterBricks Awards are presented to “standout individuals who lead the way in building, designing, operating and advocating for high-performance commercial buildings in the Northwest,” and Jodenne was a perfect candidate for the award!

With the majority of its restaurants in the Northwest, Shari’s is a staple of family dining and those who love pie! What is less known about Shari’s is their commitment to energy and water reductions. In 2008, Jodenne began working with Ecova to reduce resource consumption at Shari’s restaurants. Since the initial engagement, Shari’s has reduced its overall energy consumption by 8.5% and its water use by 17%. They achieved these impressive reductions through a commitment to continual investment in resource efficiency upgrades, staff training, and tracking and measuring their progress. Jodenne has overseen the installation of several projects including lighting upgrades, ENERGY STAR® equipment, irrigation control systems, and electric car charging stations.

Jodenne’s ingenuity, strategic implementation of measures, and savvy for acquiring utility incentives has created an ingrained resource efficiency program at Shari’s that promises to add to their savings well into the future. Congratulations, Jodenne – well done!

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CONTACT: MICHAEL KIRIAZIS
Vice President of Marketing
MKiriazis@sharis.com
503.605.4151

Shari’s, America’s Best Freeway-Exit Diners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Shari's, America's Best Freeway-Exit Diners Portlanders rarely miss a chance to feel their hearts swell with civic pride, especially when it comes to unfancy food. While our upper tier is only what a city of our size and wealth requires—we have the same small allotment of...

Shari’s, America’s Best Freeway-Exit Diners

Portlanders rarely miss a chance to feel their hearts swell with civic pride, especially when it comes to unfancy food. While our upper tier is only what a city of our size and wealth requires—we have the same small allotment of Noisettes and Genoas found in Denver, Nashville or Cleveland—we’ve mastered the middle of the spectrum. You can get a thoughtfully prepared meal made with fresh ingredients anywhere in town, and our reputation for creative, affordable fare bleeds over even into long lines for doughnuts topped with children’s cereal and “farm to cone” ice cream made with corn syrup.

So it’s odd that we’d miss something to brag about. And yet America’s best regional diner chain goes unheralded in our midst.

Have you been to Shari’s lately? Well, the Beaverton-based restaurant chain celebrates a happy 35th birthday this year. And I wish it many more…

Read the full article at Willamette Week

Source: https://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20789-gold_chain.html

CONTACT: MICHAEL KIRIAZIS
Vice President of Marketing
MKiriazis@sharis.com
503.605.4151

Shari’s Wins 4 Gold Medals At The National Pie Championship

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Shari's Wins 4 Gold Medals At The National Pie Championship Shari's Cafe & Pies proudly accepted Four Gold Medals at the 2013 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida last month. Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs & commercial pie companies from around the country & Canada have...

Shari’s Wins 4 Gold Medals At The National Pie Championship

Shari’s Cafe & Pies proudly accepted Four Gold Medals at the 2013 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida last month. Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs & commercial pie companies from around the country & Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995.
Shari’s took home the Gold Medal for three Pies, all in the Premium Category:

  • S’Mores Galore
  • Fresh Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream
  • Tropical Coconut Cream
  • Banana Cream Dream

“Shari’s has a history of making the best pies in the Northwest”, said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President of Menu Development. “And our guests have always recognized the quality of our pies. We always knew that our pies could compete with the best in the country. But these awards validate that we can compete…and win”.
This was Shari’s third trip to Orlando in which they brought home the gold from the National Competition. In 2010, Shari’s won Gold Medals for the S’mores Galore and Montana Cherry Pies. In 2012, Shari’s won three gold medals: Oregon Marionberry, Peach Perfection and Sour Cream Lemon.
“We’re elated with these wins”, Bechtel said. “We knew that our commitment to using only the finest Northwest ingredients made our pies competitive with any pies in the country.”
Shari’s is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 101 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Contact: Michael Kiriazis
Vice President of Marketing
503-605-4151
MKiriazis@sharis.com