21 Mar T S Restaurants Announces Jackie Reed as CEO
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 21, 2016) – T S RESTAURANTS, a family-owned, privately held company with 14 restaurants in Hawaii and California, has recently promoted Jackie Reed from Vice President of CA Operations to Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds Bill Parsons, who retired as CEO/Chairman, culminating a 38-year career in service of the organization. Reed is no stranger to T S RESTAURANTS, as she has dedicated over 25 years to the company, climbing the ranks from hostess to CEO.
“We are so excited for the future at T S Restaurants,” said Susie Saxten, Chairman of the Board. “Jackie has extensive experience and she excels at creating operational efficiencies and empowering the people she works with. Given her success as VP of CA Operations and her deep understanding of our T S culture, she was the natural choice as Chief Executive Officer.”
As CEO for T S RESTAURANTS, Jackie develops, implements and leads the company’s high-level long and short-term strategies, is responsible for leading the executive team to set and accomplish operational and financial objectives, and also acts as the central point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations.
Jackie began her restaurant career in 1989 as a hostess at Leilani’s on the Beach, a T S Restaurant on Kaanapali Beach on Maui. Though the hostess position was meant to be a part-time, transitionary job, Reed fell in love with the values, spirit, and opportunities that existed within T S and never left, spending her entire career thus far with the company. Reed worked in two other T S Restaurants before moving to the CA Home Office as Controller in 1998. She has been involved in five restaurant openings and was an integral part of developing T S accounting systems, human resource policies and adopting restaurant technology. After ten years as Controller, Reed was able to realize her passion for working in operations as Vice President of CA Operations, a position she held until becoming CEO on November 1, 2015.
While working her way up in the company, Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and, in 2015, graduated from the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University, earning valedictorian honors. She works with the SDSU L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a guest lecturer, assessor and is a current member of their Advisory Board. Reed is also involved in the Polynesian community, teaching dance and participating in cultural activities and education, as a way of staying in touch with her Samoan heritage.
About T S RESTAURANTS of Hawaii and California
Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S RESTAURANTS owns and operates 14 restaurants on waterfront sites in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Sandy’s in Huntington Beach, Duke’s Huntington Beach, Duke’s Malibu, and Duke’s La Jolla in California. For more information about T S RESTAURANTS, visit www.tsrestaurants.com.