OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Vincent F. Orza, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Eateries Inc. (Nasdaq: EATS – news) announced today, the promotion of James M. Burke to President and Chief Operating Officer of Eateries Inc. Mr. Burke had held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 1995. Mr. Burke joined Eateries Inc. as its first general manager when Eateries was founded by Dr. Orza in 1984. Since that time he has held positions as area director of operations, vice president of operations and subsequently given the responsibilities as chief operating officer. In 1987 he was elected to the Board of Directors and continues to serve as board member today. Dr. Orza will continue to serve the Company as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Burke’s promotion will take effect immediately.
“I am extremely pleased to announce the promotion of Jim to President of Eateries Inc. Jim and I have worked together since the inception of the Company. He has been instrumental in the development of Garfield’s Restaurants and has overseen the operations of our 74-unit chain of Garfield’s, Garcia’s and Pepperoni Grill restaurants for nearly a decade. Jim has been a loyal member of the team for 18 years and has earned his chance to serve as Eateries Inc.’s second president. I know the corporate and operations staff and management will welcome his promotion and enjoy the chance to work even more closely with him in the years to come. On a personal note, those who know Jim and I will understand how pleased I am to hand him the baton. I have enjoyed many warm and friendly relationships with individuals I have worked with throughout the years. However, I can truly say there is no single individual who I have enjoyed working with more than Jim. I am proud of his personal and professional growth and success and look forward to the great things he will achieve as my successor,” said Orza.
Mr. Burke is and has been an active member of various civic and professional organizations. He served as a director and Chairman of the Board for Meadows Center for Opportunity from 1993 through 1999. Mr. Burke is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, holding a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. Jim is married with two children, Kevin, age 14 and Tricia, age 12. Jim and Kim Burke reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mrs. Burke is a realtor with Churchill Brown Realtors.
Eateries Inc., is headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma, and owns, operates, franchises, and licenses 74 restaurants in 25 states under the names Garfield’s Restaurant and Pub, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurants and Pepperoni Grill.
SOURCE: Eateries Inc.