Category: Career

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Irene Belcher

Irene Belcher, Cuyahoga Group Culinary Associatehas been selected for our April Employee Spotlight. For 16 years, Irene has been a significant part of the North Ridgeville Culinary team. Her unwavering work ethic, positive attitude, ability to forge solid partnerships with colleagues, and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, raises the bar for all employees at The Cuyahoga Group. We are grateful that Irene is part of our team—thank you Irene! 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group? 

Irene: I work at a Culinary Center Associate at the North Ridgeville branch.  

How long have you both worked for the company?  

Irene: This is my 16th year at the company.   

What do you like most about your job, and why?  

Irene: I enjoy working everyday with something new, helping to create new and different food items daily. I also appreciate working in a safe and clean environment. Mostly, working with the good people at the Culinary Center makes my job very enjoyable.  

Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself

Irene: My husband and I will celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary this July 14th. I have a son, Nicholas and a daughter, Jennifer. I also have three wonderful grandchildren: Joseph, 14; Chloe, 10 and Madelyn, 7.  

Thank you, Irene, for participating in The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight, Congratulations! 


The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Robert Quentin Smith

Robert Quentin Smith, Dining Manager of the Hearthside Café for The Cuyahoga Group, was recently profiled in Pluggedin, our quarterly employee newsletter.  Quentin’s unwavering work ethic, excellent customer relations skills, and ability to effectively manage day-to-day operations while keeping our customers first and foremost at the Café, has allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Congratulations, Quentin! Thank you for your dedication and friendship!

Let’s get to know Quentin a little better: 

How long have you worked at The Cuyahoga Group and what is your role?
Quentin: I began working as a cook and cashier in December of 2016, and I have been the Dining Manager since March of 2018.

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Quentin: I like having the freedom of designing my own menu and seeing the positive reaction and hearing the positive feedback from customers when they enjoy our food.


Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Quentin: I have been playing guitar for more than 17 years.

What is your favorite food/favorite meal? 
QuentinMy favorite meal is Yakisoba.

What is your favorite type of music? 
Quentin: My favorite bands are Black Sabbath and The Pixies.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Quentin: My current goal in life is to own a home and have all my bills on auto-pay. 

Thank you, Quentin! 

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Tis the season to give your employees what they need and want!  A steaming hot cup of coffee, a quick protein-packed snack, a fresh salad or hearty, homemade meal—The Cuyahoga Group brings the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering services right to your breakroom!  


To help your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, contact us by clicking here; or call us at 800-901-8363.


The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Chef Andy Yanak

Executive Chef Andy Yanak is celebrating twenty years at The Cuyahoga Group. He is the Director and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, a division of The Cuyahoga Group. Andy brings decades of restaurant, private and corporate culinary experience that transforms workplaces into memorable, celebratory occasions.


Whether it’s holiday catering for third shift employees at a family-owned machine shop, an outdoor bar-b-que for thousands held under tents and lights in the parking lot of a global corporation—or weddings, showers, or any occasion in between, Andy’s attention to detail, delicious culinary creations and superior service, framed in customized themed settings—elevates any atmosphere to a place that brings people together for amazing food, friendship and unforgettable memories.




Let’s find out a little more about Chef Andy Yanak:


What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: I’ve had many roles with the company, from Dining Unit Manager to one of eight District Managers overseeing ten cafés. After the Compass merger, I opened Catering Experience, which is the catering division of The Cuyahoga Group.  Along the way I’ve been a part of many Task Groups, Sales Presentations, New Openings and Unit Transitions.  I’ve also helped develop our new Mobile Dining Program.  Currently, my role is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, and I continue to help out wherever needed.


How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: As of October 14, 2018, I have been with The Cuyahoga Group for twenty years.


What do you like most about your job, and why?
Andy: The trust and respect from the Executive Team to run with an idea—and they challenge us to do our best to improve the programs.


Tell us a fun fact (or facts) about yourself:
Andy: I have been married to my best friend, Lisa, for 32 years, and we both love sports.


What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Andy: A medium rare filet with white cheddar mashed potatoes, any vegetable, and a nice glass of Appassimento wine (made from dried grapes).


What is your favorite type of music?
Andy: Classic 70’s & 80’s music – Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Three Dog Night.




Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Andy: I like to continue to travel with Lisa and continue to Live, Laugh and Love!

Thank you, Andy!


For the best in Workplace Celebrations, choose Catering Experience!


For holiday catering or special occasions, let Catering Experience provide an experience where superior food, excellent service and vibrant themes bring happiness and great memories for everyone who attends!


For menu and event theme ideas or to get a quick quote, check out our Catering Experience website, and let the celebrations begin!


Email Andy Yanak at; or
Call him at (800) 901-8363 ext. 110; or (216) 402-1292.


Check out The Catering Experience blog, here.


The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Tony Taylor

Not only is Tony Taylor a favorite among our customers, he has been one of The Cuyahoga Group’s most dedicated drivers for nearly 20 years. Tony has been a key player in building strong partnerships with our customers along his route, and his dedication to going the ‘extra mile’ is second to none. We appreciate all of Tony’s hard work and his unwavering commitment to making our customers happy!  


Now, let’s get to know Tony Taylor a little better… 


What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Tony: I am a Route Service Attendant with a focus on customer service: I strive to provide the best service in Vending that I possibly can, while creating lasting relationships with my customers through communication and maintaining customer satisfaction. 


How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Tony:  I was introduced to this business nearly 40 years ago, by Ed Butler. I transitioned to The Cuyahoga Group around 20 years ago. 


What do you like most about your job, and why?
TonyThe interesting people I get to meet and, knowing that I am appreciated for the service that I provide. 


Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
TonyEveryone who knows me knows that I live to make life easier for others by always learning new things and equipping myself with the tools to be able to assist them in any way I can. I’m always buying tools and I love woodworking and music, and I love to encourage others, both spiritually and morally. 


What is your favorite food/favorite meal? 
TonyMy dad was part Italian, so he always made incredible pasta dishes. Not that I’m as great a cook as he was, but I love nearly any kind of pasta dish. 


What is your favorite type of music? 
TonyBeing a musician and always performing with many professional artists in the business, I love all kinds of music and must always be prepared to bring any style to the stage. But my favorite type of music would be Jazz Fusion because of its complex nature. My favorite band? Jeff Lorber! 


Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Tony: Hands down, because of my multi-faceted background in video production and stage experience, a future goal would be to produce a movie. 


Thank you, Tony!! 


Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Edie Smith

Edie Smith was recently recognized by the Cuyahoga Group in our last newsletter. Her dedication to her role has been noticed and appreciated by employees at Swagelok, and one manager even took the time to write a glowing letter about Edie’s amazing attitude and work ethic. We appreciate all that you do, Edie! 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Edie: I manage a Marketplace and Food Table at Swagelok.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
14 years.

What do you like most about your job, and why?
I really enjoy organizing my market and keeping it clean. I also love making my customers happy—I take a lot of pride in my work.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Edie: I have a big heart for all animals. I enjoy playing Bingo and going to garage sales, and I always enjoy a good Lifetime movie.
What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
This is a tough one, I like all kinds. Pasta, pizza and cheese are the best!

What is your favorite type of music?
I enjoy all types of music.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
Edie: My goal is to continue being the person that I am, it seems to be working! And, to try to continue to project a positive attitude to everyone—it’s good for your health!


Happy Veterans Day!

On Veterans Day, The Cuyahoga Group—
Veteran-Owned and Operated,
Honors the Service and Sacrifice of U.S. Veterans and their Families

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2017.  At The Cuyahoga Group, we express our gratitude and appreciation to all U.S. veterans, actively military members, and their families.

Jim Variglotti, founder and president of The Cuyahoga Group, is a U.S. Navy veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War. His service to our country transitioned into a lifelong commitment to providing employment opportunities for veterans at his company.


Jim’s son, Vince Variglotti, followed in his father’s footsteps: he was recently named President of The Cuyahoga Group, and is also a United States Navy veteran.

The values of hard work, family, teamwork, community, integrity and service for the greater good—are lessons learned in military service to our country—and are the same values that Jim and Vince Variglotti have infused into all facets of The Cuyahoga Group.

The Cuyahoga Group stands in honor and commemoration of the great service and sacrifice of all of our United States Veterans and their families.  Let us unite in supporting our veterans and their families—on Veterans Day, and every day throughout the year.