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Our Executive Chairman

Meet our Executive Chairman, Nido Qubein, who embodies the generous and entrepreneurial spirit that Great Harvest is known for.

Our Leadership Team

Our core crew consists of seven hands-on, talented leadership team members, all of whom are truly experts in their fields. They are responsible for steering the direction of the national franchise while working closely with local bakery owners and our 30-member staff here in Dillon, Montana. Whether in bakeries or bakery cafes, at industry gatherings, or researching ways to better our business, they're the real thing: great leaders (and great people, too)! Get to know our leadership team:

Mike Ferretti, Chairman and CEO
Eric Keshin, President and CMO
Janet Tatarka, Director of Bakery Cafe Training
Mark Peterson, Director of Franchise Development
Debbie Huber, Chief Admin Officer & Community Manager
Heidi Melendez, Director of Franchise Sales
Kay Roach, Chief Financial Officer
Kayla Conner, Director of Bakery Cafe Performance

You can also read blog posts written by our leadership team to get to know more about them and their work at Great Harvest. Click to read blogs written by Mike Ferretti, Eric Keshin, Kayla Conner, Debbie Huber, Heidi Melendez, and Kay Roach.

Our Team Members

We are fortunate to have a group of dedicated team members who are not only experts in their respective fields, but are also high quality people. This hand-picked group helps round out our collective expertise to deliver maximum value for our franchise owners and our loyal customers. You can get to know some of our team members better by reading their blogs, including those from our Corporate Chef Scott Molyneaux, our Nutrition Specialist Melissa Miller, and members of our field operations and training teams — Lauren Johnson, Kayla Conner, Ilana Greenslade and Bonnie Harry .

Great Harvest Franchising Employees

Our Local Great Harvest franchise Owners

Our organization attracts people whose priorities align with our Mission Statement and philosophy. That’s as true for our franchise owners as it is for our corporate employees. Great Harvest franchise owners share our commitment to generosity, great service, healthy whole foods, exceptional quality, and work/life balance. From former corporate executives to small town schoolteachers, Great Harvest bakery and cafe franchise owners are an inspiring group of people. Though they come from all different walks of life, they’ve each found a way to open healthy businesses and make better lives for themselves, while baking a difference in their communities. To get to know the small business owners who represent your neighborhood Great Harvest bakeries and cafes across the country, check out the Bread Business Blog and our Pinterest board

You may enjoy these stories of Great Harvest franchise owners:

Meet the Wescotts: Running a family-owned neighborhood bakery cafe in Lake Orion, MI.

Meet the Bates: From electrical engineering to family bakery cafe ownership in Twin Falls, ID.

Meet Craig Janssen and Ben Bucher: Friends first, now business partners in Peoria, IL.

Meet the Fehrs: Career-changers, parents of five, and Greenwood Village, CO, Great Harvest bakery owners.

Meet the MacFadyens in this video: Lafayette, LA, Great Harvest bakery franchise owners.