MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

 

Founder & Chairman

Michael J. Stasko is a 42 year veteran of the restaurant equipment industry.  
He is the co-founder/owner of BEST Restaurant Equipment and Design, a 30+ year old company with 80+ employees that is the leader in the restaurant equipment and foodservice design industry. He has helped hundreds of U.S. and international restaurant chains grow through turnkey design, equipment sales and consulting.
 
Mike is also the owner and chairman of Sunny Street Café, the breakfast and lunch restaurant chain based in Columbus, OH. Founded in 2007, he has seen the brand grow to 25 corporate and franchised restaurants throughout the U.S.
 
He and his wife Brenda have been married for 37 wonderful years.  He is a proud father of three and grandfather of four. An avid Cleveland and Ohio State fan, he’s traveled to many bowl games, and hopefully someday a Brown’s Super Bowl. Mike has been an active member at Dublin Baptist Church for over 25 years, serving as a deacon and chairman of the executive committee. He’s also been on over a dozen mission trips to Eastern Europe, including Latvia, Czech Republic, and Ukraine, helping to set up small businesses, build bread factories and minister to impoverished towns.

 

 

Restaurant Franchise Executive

Scott Moffitt has over twenty-five years of experience in the food service industry.  Scott has held senior level franchise development positions with some of the country’s most well recognized QSR and retail brands. He has served and President and CEO of Sunny Street Café since 2010.
 
Scott has had a life-long passion for the restaurant business, racking up experience in management training programs, franchisee profitability, franchise operations, and senior development roles for many nationally and internally recognized brands such as: Mrs. Fields Cookies, Great American Cookies, Pretzel Time, PretzelMaker, TCBY, La Salsa Fresh Mexican, Carl Jr’s and Hardee’s.
 
Understanding and respecting the entrepreneurial spirt of the franchisee has been the foundation block to much of Scott’s success. For CKE Restaurants (Carl Jr’s, Hardee’s and La Salsa), Scott spearheaded the development of their franchising strategy. He was instrumental in the in the identification of new market development for the Carl Jr’s brand – in the decision to divest the La Salsa brand – and in the re-franchising of the Hardee’s company stores.
 
Scott is a Certified Franchise Executive.  He has been married for 15 years, has two children and one grandchild. His hobbies include reading, skiing and seeing legendary country singers in concert.

 

 

Corporate Chef & Field Trainer

Matthew Stasko is the Corporate Chef & Field Trainer for Sunny Street Cafe. He has been in the restaurant game for 12 years doing all things related to the industry, focusing on menu development, kitchen efficiency, and certified training programs.  He attended The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College.

 

 

 

Franchise Business Consultant

Kirk Jones serves as the Franchise Business Consultant. His role has grown with the company since coming on board in 2010, with experience in restaurant management, regional operations, and new store openings. As FBC, he is actively involved in developing business plans and operational standards to aide in successful operations of the brand. He works with the franchise communities and opening teams to coordinate the processes from signing of the franchise agreement thru opening… providing important kickoff and ongoing support.
 
Kirk has two daughters and enjoys the outdoors, either behind the handlebars of his motorcycle or swinging the clubs on the golf course. He currently serves on the Board of Chapter Advisors for Phi Gamma Delta and is past President of the Christian Motorcycle Association chapter in St Louis, MO.

 

 

Director of off Premise Business Development

Maria Swallie is the Director of off Premise Business Development for Sunny Street Cafe. She has helped advance the company to 24 stores, not only as the youngest director, but as a key brand developer, nutritionist, menu ideation board member, and Catering Director. She has been with the company since inception in 2007.
 
Maria is a proud Alumni of the University of Kentucky and The Ohio State University. Maria is a loving wife of husband Daniel, and mother of three boys Luke, James, and Marcus. She is also engaged in her community – as a local Varsity High School Cheerleading Coach for over 9 Years, a member of Dublin Baptist Church for over 30 years, and she oversees local Mommy and Me Events.

 

 

Vice President of Brand Strategy

Mike Stasko Jr. is the Vice President of Brand Strategy for Sunny Street Cafe. He oversees marketing, design, communication and menu development for the brand. Mike joined Sunny Street in 2007 and has helped grow the company, working in business development, operations, and marketing. A 16-year restaurant industry veteran, he currently resides in Dallas, helping oversee the growth of the Texas market.

 

 

 

 

Director of Operations

Kim Kidwell is the Director of Operations for Sunny Street Cafe. She has over 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry and is a tenacious and productive leader for Sunny Street Café. She’s highly skilled at developing others and creating a culture that drives performance and exceeds goals.
Kim has been married for 25-years and enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves helping reunite lost dogs and works closely with a couple of pet rescues.