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McDonald's Corporate News
Nov 15, 2018
The Happy Meal has been enjoyed by families around the world for decades, and just as every family around the world is different, our Happy Meal changes with them. Whether you’re enjoying a meal at a McDonald’s restaurant or on-the-go, we want to do our p…

Stephanie Brend

General Manager, Goddard

Stephanie Brend started working for her parents, the owner/operators of seven McDonald’s in Wichita, when she was 13-years-old. She stayed in front of the counter, cleaning the lobby and helping with birthday parties until she was old enough to join the crew. When she turned 17, she had another calling — working with juveniles — and after years of service in a challenging but rewarding profession, she returned to McDonald’s.

Fast forward 14 years and she was back on the floor at McDonald’s. She started as the General Manager at the 13th and West St. and today is the GM in Goddard. Two or three months before Lane Enterprises took ownership of the Brend’s McDonald’s, her parents told her they were going to retire.

“They deserved to retire,” Stephanie said. “They worked hard and dedicated 33 years to McDonald’s.”

Although she is no longer working for her parents, she says she is dedicated to McDonald’s and to her job.

“Joe and Alexis are really easy to get along with, and I like new challenges,” Stephanie said. “I am eager to learn more and I am open to the possibility of moving up within the company. “

Stephanie and her team are working on becoming more customer-obsessed, and that will lead to faster, more accurate orders. They are also hiring a lot, so they are focusing on training new employees.

“It’s been challenging, but that’s good for you,” Stephanie said. “It makes you thrive for more!”