Damron joined Schuler’s in November of 1998 as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and since 2010 had served as the restaurant’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“I know from experience how challenging the restaurant business can be, and Sue is absolutely up to the task. Her dedication and talent have been instrumental in our great success during the past decade. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities,” says Hans Schuler, who remains active in the daily operations of the restaurant.
Damron is a lifelong area resident who grew up twenty miles northeast of Marshall at Duck Lake. She attended Kellogg Community College and Olivet College, studying business and accounting. Before joining Schuler’s, she worked at Starr Commonwealth for nearly ten years for Starr’s Michigan community based programs – Families First and Treatment Foster Care. As a result she developed formidable ‘people skills’ and learned to promote teamwork and collaboration – approaches that have served her well in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
In her role as President and Managing Partner, Damron supervises all aspects of the restaurant, and she works closely with both the front-of-the-house and the heart-of-the-house staff. Her dedication to exceeding the expectations of each guest has resulted in strong restaurant performance, even in a challenging economy.
“Every day is a new challenge at the restaurant…and I love that,” says Damron. “It really helps when you enjoy what you do.”