Ashley Wallace started with Panera in 2014 and quickly climbed the ranks to her position as General Manager of our Gahanna café in Columbus, Ohio. Current Columbus District Manager, Colton Meier, recruited Ashely for an assistant manager position at the Polaris café, in which he was the General Manager at the time. “Ashley and I instantly hit it off,” said Colton. “When I think of Ashley I think of a leader, role model and someone that I can trust day in and day out. I personally would not be where I am at today in my Panera journey if it weren’t for her. Ashley deserves this recognition, and I couldn't be prouder or more privileged to work by her side.”
Rachel started with our company in 2016 as an associate when she was just a senior in high school. She was one of the first employees hired to open our Surfside café in Myrtle Beach, which broke a record for opening day sales! Rachel and the rest of the staff had no experience working at a Panera Bread since this was the first location to open in the area. Karlena Thomas, Director of Operators in Myrtle Beach, vividly remembers Rachel standing out because she was so driven and had to make sure everything was done perfectly. “Rachel is truly one of the hardest workers I know,” said Karlena, “she leads by example at all times and does everything with a smile on her face.
David is a Panera veteran of 6 years. His career with Panera started in 2015 at the grand opening of a central Ohio cafe. Since then, he's moved up the ranks from Associate to Assistant General Manager. He takes meticulous care in everyday cafe interactions, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction is met on both sides. His biggest goal is to be a role model for the Cafe Associates he leads. David demonstrates what it means to work hard to surpass even one's own expectations.
David has a visual disability that he has mastered working around. He has worked incredibly hard to never let that stop him from achieving both the expectations of himself and the company.
Gioia, Ellie and Emily
Lori, the General Manager from our Canfield, OH Panera Bread is so proud of her team members for excelling at work and outside of work! Three of her all-star associates, Gioia, Ellie, and Emily were all inducted into their high school's National Honor Society together this past week. In celebration of this achievement, Lori is excited to bring attention to these amazing young women and their hard work!