Burgerville Names Cheryl’s, 12th Owner, Ed Casey New CEO
Burgerville has chosen a restaurant owner from Portland as its new CEO.
Ed Casey, owner of downtown Portland restaurant Cheryl’s on the 12th, will take over as senior executive of the Vancouver-based fast food chain, the company announced. Casey co-owns Cheryl’s on 12th with his wife. He is also a former owner of the Baja Fresh franchise and former CEO of The Counter, a burger restaurant with locations in six states.
“He brings the experience needed for this role, as well as the leadership qualities we were looking for,” Jennifer Mears of The Holland Inc, Burgerville’s parent company, said in a prepared statement. “Our new CEO needs to be someone who shares the values of Burgerville: exceptional employees, exceptional service and food, dedicated local sourcing and thriving communities. Ed owns these values and will bring them to the role of CEO.
Casey succeeds Jill Taylor, who stepped down as CEO in January after five years as a senior company executive to return to her family’s consulting firm, The Taylor Group.
Casey takes over two months after Burgerville workers at five of the company’s sites voted to ratify a contract, making them the first fast-food chain employees in the nation to be covered by a contract. collective. The agreement came after three years of negotiations between Burgerville employees and the company.
The company has also recently struggled with pandemic-induced shipping delays, staff shortages and rising costs. Those issues have forced the fast-food chain to temporarily close some of its restaurants in recent months.
Burgerville has 39 restaurants in Oregon and Washington and employs about 1,000 people, the company said.
“I have admired Burgerville for many years for its commitment to local, sustainable and high-quality food with thoughtful consideration for employees, vendors, guests and the community,” Casey said in a prepared statement.