Bob Backus, CPC

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Bob Backus, CPC
Pennsylvania (Eastern)
Tel: 215-997-5081

Robert Backus joined Gecko Hospitality in June of 2012. Bob is a graduate of Rutgers University and has previous work experience not only in the Restaurant industry but also in the staffing industry. After graduating college, Bob worked for a Staffing Service for over two years developing his recruiting skills and building a excellent rapport as an individual that can get the job done. After leaving the staffing industry, Bob took a position with CRM Restaurant Partners (Cosi) in North Jersey. Bob started as an Assistant Manager in their first store. When CRM opened a second store, Bob moved to the new location as the manager.

While at the new store not only did Bob begin to develop in-store sales and improve partner moral but he also took a new role in expanding the catering business. When CRM opened their 4th location, Bob transferred to the Secaucus location to take the position of Manager and Catering Manager for all of CRM locations. Bob developed a strong catering program and built working relationships with Polo, The Children's Place, Merrill Lynch, and the New Meadowlands Stadium, to name a few. Bob's wife got a new job in the pharmaceutical industry. Bob, a life-long resident of New Jersey, and his wife moved to Bucks County, PA. After moving, Bob took some time off from work so that he could stay at home with his newborn son.

Bob and Kristen have two beautiful children, Jackson and Juliana. The Backus', Rocky,Lucy, the family dogs, and George the cat, live in Bucks County, PA. Bob enjoys spending time with his family, BBQing and is an avid sports fan.

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