Chick N Max was hatched in Wichita, KS, a power-center for restaurant and business headquarters. With more than three decades of experience cooking up hot concepts, the Max in our chicken was raised right here in Wichita, and values the many mentors that inspired his love of restaurants as well as the valuable connections they create among friends, families, businesses and communities.
Founder & CEO
Max’s love of restaurants began back in his teenage days, scraping cheese off the pans in a Pizza Hut kitchen. With a career in restaurant development that now spans almost three decades, he conceptualized Chick N Max and assembled a team of culinary professionals to perfect the menu.
The first Chick N Max landed in 2018 at the heart of Wichita, KS—a metro area long known for ties to successful restaurant start-ups and entrepreneurial genius. Max was raised here and values the many local mentors that inspire his love of restaurants and the connections they create among friends, family, businesses and communities.
As founder and CEO, Max is grateful to put his past to work in a restaurant that prioritizes people and high-quality food as the foundation of every guest experience. Prior to the development of Chick N Max, Max served as an executive in development for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Smashburger, Ted’s Montana Grill, Fox & Hound, and Lone Star Steakhouse.
VP Marketing Communication
Sarah founded Safe Riders, Inc. in 2003, a chauffeur service that catered to the needs of would-be drunk drivers. She secured contracts with Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base, in addition to several dozen local businesses, and managed a staff of 25 while providing hundreds of thousands of rides. The service sold in 2009 and, after some time off, she reached out to Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers to secure a position as Real Estate & Public Affairs Director for the fast-casual chain, which opened over 250 locations during her tenure. In her current role as Marketing & Communication VP with Chick N Max, she enjoys promoting the efforts of her team and the tasty food they craft, as well as the company’s involvement with so many awesome Wichita area events and organizations!
Sarah dedicates free time to serving the community through a board position with the local YMCA, an event committee for Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, and as a classroom volunteer with Youth Entrepreneurs. She holds a master’s degree from W.S.U.’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.
Sr. VP Operations
Tom brings decades of experience to Chick N Max and is enthusiastic in his efforts to grow and expand. His expertise is developing extensive training programs and effective systems that ensure consistency across our growing restaurant network.
Tom served as Director of Training, Operations and Development for HCI Hospitality, a Kansas based restaurant company operating as Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Cox Brothers BBQ, and Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Mimi’s Café as Multi-unit Supervisor and New Store Opening Director after coming up through the ranks in regional and general manager rolls with Sizzler.
An experienced restaurant professional, Tom has chosen to put his talents to work listening to guest feedback and fine-tuning Chick N Max processes and procedures. He is motivated by a genuine love and appreciation for the magic that happens at the tables in each restaurant. Tom joined the team in 2018 as Sr. VP of Operations and works daily to develop systems that encourage positive experiences for guests and the Chick N Max team.