Careers With BFR

At Bear Family Restaurants, we strive to provide an environment that promotes individual accomplishment and success where each member will be encouraged to learn, grow and succeed; both here in the restaurants and in any future path one may take.

We are proud to have many incredible stories of career success within our organization.
Each of the stories below started as a Crew Member, and through hard work and passion they have grown their careers with BFR.


Veronica Garay

Crew Trainer
Est. as Crew Member (2014)

JOB DUTIES: Responsible for training new Crew Members to meet the BFR and McDonald’s standards, while also helping stock and clean the restaurants for our guests.

LIFE SKILL LEARNED: How to manage and teach others to help them be successful. You also have the control over how your day goes and how you affect other people’s day, simply with the attitude you have. 

ADVICE TO OTHERS: In order to be successful, work your hardest and establish a strong work ethic.

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Stephanie Sostenes

Shift Manager
Est. as Crew Member (2013)

JOB DUTIES: Planning for each shift, meeting targets, working along side the GM, motivating my team, monitoring safety, security, and profitability, and communicating with the next Shift Manager to help prepare him/her to run a great shift as well.

LIFE SKILL LEARNED: The impact you can have on the people you meet, resiliency in tough situations, and that communication is key to being successful in work and in life 

ADVICE TO OTHERS:  Always keep trying. Success is not determined but not failing, but by overcoming failures and being better than you were before.

Daniel Paniagua

General Manager
Est. as Crew Member (2007)

JOB DUTIES: Drive sales and guest counts, monitor service times, develop outstanding Shift Managers and Crew Members, motivate the team, and create a safe and respectful workplace.

LIFE SKILL LEARNED: Self accountability and the value of helping others in time of need by volunteering. 

ADVICE TO OTHERS:  When you join BFR, you join a forward thinking company that has great opportunities for everyone, focuses on their values, and treats you like family.

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Operations Supervisor
Est. as Crew Member (1998)

JOB DUTIES: Check restaurant including food safety and cash handling, provide coaching and training to the General Managers, and verify that the store is operating at McDonalds/BFR standards.

LIFE SKILL LEARNED: Proficiency in time management has proven to be essential in my personal and professional life. I have also received coaching and training in communication that has strengthened my ability to express myself with clarity and confidence.

ADVICE TO OTHERS: If you are seeking personal and professional growth, I highly recommend BFR. It is a community­ focused organization that offers countless personal and professional development opportunities.

Miguel Rodriguez

Director of Operations
Est. as Crew Member (1992)

JOB DUTIES: Provide direction, guidance and leadership to the Operations Supervisors. Ensure they have the training, resources, and motivation they need to lead the restaurant teams.  

LIFE SKILL LEARNED: The value of a strong work ethic, how to be a better communicator, and how to achieve more in life and work  

ADVICE TO OTHERS:  Always ask, “What more can I do to be better than yesterday?” If you want more in life, you need to speak up and take action. 

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Nicole Buchanan

VP of Operations
Est. as Crew Member (1997)
JOB DUTIESEnsure that all of the departments are working together to meet our organizational goals and performance objectives, and that they have all the support and resources that they need.


LIFE SKILL LEARNED: What my values are through experiencing them at BFR, including volunteerism, integrity and a commitment to education

ADVICE TO OTHERS:  Whatever you are looking for, you can find it at BFR. Whether it’s a career or being part of a family, education assistance, or making an impact in your community.