Our Support Team
California - San Diego
District Manager - Manna Development North San Diego
Machek has been with the Manna team since 2003 when he joined in the opening of our first cafe (Escondido) as a part time associate. He was promoted to Assistant Manager when he helped open the Vista location, and where he later became the General Manager role. In 2011 Machek became the first Executive Manager for Manna, and in 2012 was promoted to District Manager.
Machek has an Associate of Arts in Pre-Law from Mira Costa College and lives in the North San Diego area with his wife and two young children. Machek loves spending time off with family, is a classic car enthusiast, enjoys sailing, hiking, football, working out, swimming, and traveling. Machek also confesses to being a "foodie" who is so addicted to good food that he makes travel plans based on the restaurants he'd like to visit.
California - Orange County
California - Los Angeles
District Manager - I94 Corridor
Alex joined the Manna team in January 2006 , initially serving as Training General Manager of the Rivertown Crossings bakery café. Alex was promoted to DIstrict Manager of our Lakeshore district and eventually took over the I-94 district which includes the Michigan City, IN bakery cafe. Alex says his passion is to create and embody a Heart of Service and a Passion for Achievement in himself and his teams. Prior to joining the Manna team, Alex worked in the casual dining food service industry, most extensively as a Training General Manager with TGIFriday’s.
Along with being the proud father of Nicholas, Cassandra, and Katherine, he enjoys both contemplative practices and vigorous outdoor activity.
District Manager - Lakeshore
Michelle started with Panera in November of 2010 as a General Manager of our Alpine bakery cafe before becoming the Regional Training Manager for Bread of Life. Now Michelle works as one of our District Managers in the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore area. Prior to Panera, Michelle worked for an Applebee's franchisee for 17 years where she worked as Regional Training Manager for the last eight years that she was with them.
Michelle and her husband Don live in Grandville with their two daughters and their dog Lando. She and her family enjoy spending time on their boat in Grand Haven and out on Lake Michigan. Time with family, traveling and staying healthy are some of the most important things in life to Michelle.
District Manager - Grand Rapids
Born and raised in West Michigan, Paul began his career managing restaurants, including Ruby Tuesdays, as well as operating an independent book store in Downtown Grand Rapids. After graduating high school, Paul moved to Southern California for a short while and attended Los Angeles Community College. Starting as an Assistant Manager with Panera Bread in 2006, Paul eventually became a Training General Manager of several different Training Certified bakery cafes before taking on his current role in 2012. Paul was the recipient of the Panera Mother Bread Award in 2012.
Paul and his wife have 2 boys and is very involved in their activities including coaching and volunteering at their schools. He spends his free time hanging out with his family, working on his house, playing guitar, and playing or watching sports.
District Manager - North Michigan
Nick joined the Panera Family August 2011 as an Assistant Manager in the Saint Joseph café. He helped open the Mount Pleasant café in 2012, before being promoted to the GM of Mount Pleasant. He then opened our Big Rapids and Traverse City cafes back-to-back during the fall of 2014. As an Executive GM he helped open or support various cafes in Michigan including DT Grand Rapids, Cascade, Kentwood, Saint Joseph and Wyoming. Before his time with Panera, Nick managed various restaurants even starting his own small marketing company. Nick attended Central Michigan University where he studied Business Marketing, Advertising and Sports Management.
He is planning to be wed in 2017, and the two will be expecting their first child in June . In his free time he loves to cook, particularly on the grill, as well as spend time at the beach or in the woods. Nick is a big sports fan, and you can usually find him watching the Detroit Lions or anything Michigan State. Go Green.