MEET THE TEAM
As with the humble beginnings of the MONTE Restaurant Development Group, Squisito Franchise Enterprises, Inc. began with the partnership of Gennaro and Michele DiMeo in spring of 2008. Michele joined the MONTE Restaurant Development Group to streamline and assist Gennaro with the corporate and franchise expansion of his fast-casual brand, Squisito Pizza and Pasta. With this powerful union of conceptual restaurant experience—Gennaro DiMeo, with Michele DiMeo's franchise and executive operations/leadership experience—Squisito Franchise Enterprises, Inc. began.
Our old world recipes and commitment to quality and excellence are our hallmarks. We look forward to extending the Squisito Pizza and Pasta family to your neighborhood.
Principal, Franchise Operations
Mrs. DiMeo has been our Principal-Franchise Operations and President of Squisito Franchise Enterprises, INC since our inception in May 2010. Since July 2008, she has been Chief Operating Officer for MONTE Restaurant Development Group headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. Since January 2009, she has owned and operated three Squisito NY Pizza and Pasta Restaurants in Maryland. From February 2006 to April 2008, she was National Strategic Sourcing Operations Manager for The Siegfried Group location in Wilmington, Delaware. From 1996 to January 2006, she was Regional Vice President/Director for L.A. Weight Loss Centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Director of Concept Development
Mr. DiMeo is the founder and creator of Squisito fast, fresh, casual brand. Gennaro DiMeo has been our Director of Concept Development since our inception in May 2010. Since 1998, he has owned and operated several Squisito Pizza and Pasta Restaurants in Maryland. Since 2005, he has owned and operated the MONTE Restaurant Development Group, the parent company for all corporate stores, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. From 2006 to 2016, he has owned and operated Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen and Wine Bar in Annapolis, Maryland.
STEPHEN DES LAURIERS
Technical Operations Director/Franchise support
Mr. DesLauriers is currently serving as the Technical Operations Director for the MONTE RDG/ Squisito Franchise Enterprises, Inc. since our inception in May 2010. He has assisted in managing stores and has been the on-site training manager for several new locations. Mr. DesLauriers brings experience in Graphic Design and Restaurant Technology to the team specializing in Point Of Sale, website design and online/in-store technologies. Mr. DesLauriers has received degrees in Hospitality Management as well as Restaurant Management in addition to completing a 4 year vocational program for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.
Controller, AR Support
Mr. Hamilton has been employed by MONTE RDG / Squisito® Franchise team since June 2013. Operating as our Accounts Receivable and Controller, his duties included vendor management, compiling sales, inventory analysis, and cost statistics for tracking purposes. He aids the stores in monitoring these same practices. Scott completes P&L statements and files state sales taxes. Previous positions include General Manager of Old Salem Tavern, Bookkeeper at Starz, as well as River House Bed and Breakfast (North Carolina).
Advertising & Marketing Manager, Franchise Support
Ms. McGrath has been serving as the Advertising and Marketing Manager and support for the MONTE RDG/Squisito Franchise team since June 2017. She is a certified Master Trainer with AllerTrain and has trained over 50 restaurants, country clubs, schools and food service facilities on the East Coast. Ms. McGrath has brought her years of experience in social media content creation, social media advertising, Google AdWords, and marketing analytics to the team. Ms. McGrath helps build the foundation for local marketing and community outreach programs through research and networking for each franchisee/franchised location.
Mr. Breault comes to Squisito with over 20 years of experience in franchising, specializing in the food service industry. Mr. Breault has held the position of Director of Franchise with “Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,” developing over 30 units. He has also held the position of Regional Sales Manager with the “Famous Brands International” organization (Mrs. Fields, TCBY, ) directing and developing over 150 units. During his food service career he has partnered with other franchise brands such as Pretzel Time, Great American Cookies, and Boston Market.