Jeremy, Meredith and Laeklyn Starnes
Welcome to our business! Welcome to our passion - serving good food, leading by example, and training up team members in confidence and leadership.
As a family, we have a collective 35 years of experience with Chick-fil-A. Meredith began working with Chick-fil-A at the age of seventeen in 2003 and Jeremy joined the Chick-fil-A team in 2007. Their daughter, Laeklyn, has grown up with the brand and has been behind the scenes since birth. Laeklyn officially began working in a store with her parents when she was eleven years old, wiping down tables and handing out food. They find great joy in working together and showing their community that hard work as a family can bring great reward.
Jeremy and Meredith are both born and raised Virginians, having grown up together since 1998. While they were not high school sweethearts, they did maintain a lasting friendship that eventually lead them to a lasting marriage. Both attended and are graduates of Liberty University, with Jeremy earning a BA in Worship Music Ministry and Meredith earning an AA in Biblical Studies and BS in Business Administration: Leadership.
After graduation and marriage in 2007, Jeremy and Meredith became North Carolinians and welcomed their daughter in 2008. They spent several years working at their local Chick-fil-A, with Jeremy as the store's General Manager and Meredith in Community Relations. In 2012, in pursuit of owning their own Chick-fil-A franchise, Jeremy joined the Interim Manager program from Chick-fil-A Inc. This program helped him learn how to operate various corporate owned stores around the country, proving his capabilities in operating a future store of his own. As a family, Jeremy, Meredith and Laeklyn were asked to move to multiple different states around the country within one year. Their final assignment lead them to California.
In 2013, they were fortunate enough to be granted their first Chick-fil-A franchise in Orange County, CA and became Californians for the next nine years. Jeremy and Meredith worked together to revamp their franchise from a previous owner, bringing the store its first profit after one month of ownership. From there, they successfully hired and developed thousands of team members, grew sales between 18-22% year over year, and won one of the most prestigious awards from Chick-fil-A Inc., Symbol of Success, five of the nine years.
After nine years of service in California, they felt called to return to the east coast to be a little closer to family and begin their next adventure and new opportunity. They are proud Floridians now and hope to not only honor the Floridian locals and lifestyle but also have a positive influence on the community of Lantana, provide opportunities for individual and team growth, and continue their success in honorable business practices. They look forward to serving the Lantana community, one chicken sandwich at a time.
John 1:1-5, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 1:9
Meet Our Team
SALES & BRAND GROWTH DIRECTOR
Kelly joined Chick-fil-A in 2014 as a college student. She progressed and grew in the business moving up in leadership until reaching our Director position. She enjoys working one on one in the development of our growing leadership team. She ensures that each leader is set up for success when running daily operations. She also dabbles in our marketing realm, arranging in-store events and social media strategies. She is well-versed in both Front of House and Back of House procedures, and drives our team to continually raise the bar in our business and within themselves.
Alfonso began working for Chick-fil-A in 2017 and after five years he has progressed and grown in his leadership skills and knowledge of Chick-fil-A operations. He began as a team member and now oversees every aspect of our kitchen production team. He is skilled in handling our food safety expectations, the upkeep of our facilities and equipment, the management of our inventory, and ensures correct procedures are being performed by his team at all times. His patience and personal motivation makes him a valuable asset to our business.
Milica began working with Chick-fil-A in 2018. She, too, began as a Front of House team member and after expressing interesting in learning how to manage our business administrative elements, she became an excellent fit for our administration manager. Milica handles all HR documents, invoices, end of month procedures, uniform inventory, and so much more. She is very organized, efficient in her work and highly productive.