The Felipe’s Family is proud to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Felipe’s general manager, Jairo Navarro, for being named the 2019 el Restaurante Magazine, Manager of the Year!
Every year El Restaurante Magazine honors the best managers of Mexican/Latin restaurants around the United States. In their fourth version of their annual contest, the publishers have chosen Felipe’s very own Jairo Navarro as their 2019 first-place winner, and we could not be more proud of him.
Navarro joined the Felipe’s Family in New Orleans back in 2014, with intentions of starting out as a manager, given his extensive background in the restaurant industry. However, Jairo had a different objective. Instead of starting out as a manager, Jario requested that he work his way up through the ranks to learn all of the positions, before accepting his manager’s polo.
“My main goal is to mentor” he stated. “It all comes down to cultivating the Felipe’s values and helping my team members to believe in themselves and their work.”
After proving himself a natural leader, Navarro eventually accepted his role as manager and was tasked with helping open a new location in Slidell, Louisiana. It was here Jairo further developed his leadership capabilities, which lead to him to relocate to Naples, FL in order to assist in the opening of Felipe’s first restaurant located outside of Louisiana.
As the Fleipe’s brand continues to grow, so does Navarro’s role. Up next, he will assume the title of multi-unit general manager, overseeing restaurants around Florida.
In response to his big win, Navarro has found himself overwhelmed with the love and support pouring in from his family, friends, and team members. He admits that his recent win has motivated him to maintain his efforts as he continues to set an example for his team.
“You have to love what you’re doing to achieve great end results,” said Navarro. “I love being a part of this Family.”
We are genuinely so lucky to have Jairo be a part of our family and are so proud of the leader he has grown to be!
Congratulations Jairo, you deserve it all!
-The Felipe’s Family