- Team Member Spotlight
by Border Foods
This spring, we caught up with several of our busiest Restaurant General Managers (RGMs) throughout the U.S.: Ziggy Arrington, Shawn Belknap, Nate Bowie, Barb Bunney, Lisha Burke and Martika Cox and Gayle Grigsby.
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Ziggy Arrington says coming to work is really more like coming home at Border Foods where he loves the family atmosphere, and seeing team members grow and change. “I enjoy what I do, it’s that simple,” he says. Ziggy has been with the Taco Bell brand for 30 years and currently manages our East 10th Street location in Sioux Falls, SD.
Shawn Belknap leads one of our highest performing teams in Wisconsin. When it comes to explaining his team’s cohesiveness and success, he says they strive to do things right the first time. He also credits good hiring and integrity. “I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you.”
Nate Bowie is manager of Border’s third busiest Taco Bell, our Lincoln Way, WY location. Being at the helm of a high-volume restaurant where excellence is key, Nate says it’s been a privilege to manage his own “mini business.” He enjoys being involved in every aspect of day-to-day operations.
Barb Bunney arrived at Taco Bell after leading the bakery department for a large grocery retailer. She now manages our Rapid City, SD location where teamwork is critical. “You can’t do this job alone,” she shares. “Border gives us the resources to learn how to work together, day-in and day-out.” She also found the support that she needed from corporate when her husband had cancer.
Lisha Burke’s story with Taco Bell started with a declaration of love in her high school paper. She enjoyed the food so much that she set out to get hired and now, has been a manager of the Grand Avenue – Billings location for eight years. She joined Border in 2021 when we acquired several restaurants in Montana. She appreciates the company’s emphasis on accountability at all levels.
Martika Cox is constantly on the go as manager of the Whitney Way Taco Bell in Madison, WI. She was promoted to RGM after just casually speaking up about wanting to lead her own restaurant. But at Border, career development is a top priority! So we strive to support leaders like Martika and help her reach her goals.
Gayle Grigsby says there’s no other brand like Taco Bell. She joined in the 90s and never looked back. Today, as manager of the Coldwater, MI location, she says she loves having the opportunity to empower those around her and says her job is “crazy awesome.”