CAREER PATHS AT THE BUONA COMPANIES
FROM OPENING TEAM MEMBER TO RESTAURANT MANAGER: ANTONIA GARCIA
Hired in July 2015 as an opening team member at our restaurant in St. Charles, Antonia showed exciting potential right away and within just three months was promoted into several new positions as she continued to grow her skills. Her drive and enthusiasm to further her career within the company lead her to become a Restaurant Manager in 2016, and Antonia continues to thrive in that role.
FROM KITCHEN MANAGER TO GENERAL MANAGER: LUCIANO VARELA
Luciano “Lucky” Varela joined the Buona Team in 2000 as a line cook. He quickly became certified across all back-of-the-house stations, and by 2001, he was working as the restaurant’s Kitchen Manager. Lucky’s great attitude and eagerness to learn did not go unnoticed, leading him to his promotion in 2004 to Restaurant Manager. He assisted our expansion with managing multiple store openings between 2010 and 2012, and in 2014, Lucky was promoted to General Manager where he is continuing his success with Buona.
FROM DISHWASHER TO DISTRICT MANAGER: JOE TROMBINO
Joe has been with Buona since we were only one restaurant in Berwyn, beginning his career in 1988 as a cook and dishwasher. It didn’t take long for Joe’s passion and enthusiasm for the restaurant industry to reveal itself, and by 1990, after helping successfully open our second location, he was promoted to Restaurant Manager. From there, he was asked to help manage several restaurant openings, including Naperville, Rosemont, Montgomery, and Bolingbrook. Today, Joe serves as a District Manager, overseeing operations at several of our restaurants.
FROM CASHIER TO CORPORATE EXEC: DOMINIC FALLARA
Hired in 1994 as a cashier at our Oak Park location, Dominic immediately impressed management with his high‐level thought process and terrific work ethic. In 2000, upon earning his bachelor’s degree from North Central College, Dominic was promoted to Assistant Manager. By 2001, Dom was already a General Manager focusing on new store openings. Continued success in the operations field led to his promotion to Director of Training in 2012, and a subsequent promotion to Director of Development in 2014.