Mama Fu’s, one of the hottest Asian concepts in the fast casual restaurant industry, announces today the addition of John Hester to the corporate team as the Chief Financial Officer.
Joining the Mama Fu’s executive team with over fifteen years of experience in all aspects of the foodservice industry, Hester adds dynamic leadership skills, a deep understanding of the industry, and proven track record implementing operational and sales strategies.
“I’m looking forward to joining the leadership team at Mama Fu’s. The concept is unique and their business model is proven,” said John Hester on joining Mama Fu’s as Chief Financial Officer. “There’s a clear passion for the business that can be seen throughout the system, and I’m excited to be part of it now. Working closely with the Mama Fu’s team in place, I look forward to contributing to its continued success and national growth.”
A graduate from The University of Texas with an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in accounting, Hester began his career in public accounting auditing Sysco. He then joined Sysco where he quickly became a Divisional Controller at various operating companies throughout the United States. He also served as Corporate Controller for Schlotzsky’s Inc. during its high growth cycle, and was most recently the Controller and CFO for an Austin-based Wendy’s Franchisee. John is a Certified Public Accountant and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.
“Our energetic leaders and dynamic team are what drives this brand in a positive direction,” said Randy Murphy, President and CEO of Mama Fu’s. “Mama Fu’s is poised for growth as Asian cuisine continues to grow as a national trend among consumers and foodies. As we continue to strengthen our brand as a leader in the industry, John is an ideal addition to the team here to help direct and reflect that strength.”
With 15 locations currently open and 60 additional restaurants in various stages of development, Mama Fu’s offers guests convenience, value and unique flavors with its high quality, made-to-order Asian-inspired food. With a contemporary and user-friendly menu that allows guests to navigate their options more easily, guests can choose between a rice dish or noodle bowl, as well as their protein of choice, from a selection of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean menu options. More health-conscious guests can order a Steam Bowl or salad, or have their protein prepared wok-seared, a cooking method that reduces oils and starch. For more information about Mama Fu’s, or information about franchise opportunities, visit mamafus.com.
The Austin, Texas-based Murphy Adams Restaurant Group purchased Mama Fu’s Asian House from Raving Brands in March 2008. Mama Fu’s specializes in freshly prepared Asian cuisine and offers a unique Flex Casual service model that includes a fast casual approach to lunch, with a transition to relaxed, full service at dinner. Combined with delivery, take-out, online ordering and catering, Mama Fu’s is a convenient and delicious option for every dining occasion. The company currently has 15 locations open and operating, with 60 stores in development. For more information, call (512) 949-3220 or visit mamafus.com.