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Gay Demaree Celebrates 31 years with Border Foods


At Border Foods, we’re lucky enough to have many incredible, tenured employees. After celebrating accomplishments at the Border Foods rally this winter, and after reviewing the list of folks who have been with us for decades, we think it’s only fitting that we highlight a few special anniversaries. Join us in a fun new series where we’ll touch base with employees who truly feel more like family. Next up, Gay Demaree!


Border: What is your current title?

Gay: Director of Operations


Border: What date were you hired?

Gay: June 10, 1992


Border: What was your title on the date you were hired? 

Gay: Assistant General Manager (AGM) 


Border: Why have you stayed with Border for all these years?

Gay: Opportunity, family, culture, passion to grow and to learn!


Border: What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your time with us?

Gay: Learn from your experience and from your mistakes, this is what helps you grow. Family is key. When we take care of each other and help each other, personally and professionally, we are making everyone and the company better. And lastly, your success is our success; the better you do the better the company does.


Border: What would you say to a new hire, or someone starting their career with Border Foods?

Gay: You can do anything; go anywhere you want to within the organization based off of your performance.  Everyone on the team adds value and growing within the organization is up to you. Your options are unlimited.


Border: What makes Border different than other QSR?

Gay: So many things! Below are a few of my favorites:

    • Culture and our family environment. Caring for our team is a priority for everyone! 
    • Doing the right thing  🙂
    • The ability to make lives better.
    • The ability to ask questions and offer solutions.


Border: What’s your favorite Taco Bell menu item?

Gay: Bean burrito no onion


Border: Name three people at Border (employed or past employees) who helped you where you are today.

Gay: This is a hard one

    • Carol Williams, Carol Williams, Carol Williams…
    • Ed Heskett
    • Mark Bloomquist, a prior employee who gave me a great deal of opportunity with opening new restaurants, which developed my skills, taught me lessons on coaching.  He hired me and introduced me to world of fast food and to teaching and learning from others.
    • Jeff Williams