With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality
industry, Maria Struik is a natural in this very demanding
and always changing business.
Maria was educated in the Netherlands. Upon immigrating
to Canada, she went back to school to obtain
her Real Estate and Business Brokers License. After meeting her late husband
John, who was an Area Franchisee for an international food franchise,
they worked as a husband and wife team. Their employment as Area Franchisees
was a job which they both enjoyed tremendously, as it was a combination
of hospitality and real estate, meeting and helping people of all walks
of life. John’s sudden passing 3 years ago, and ongoing legal confrontations
with the new corporate ownership led to a settlement, which left Maria with
no other alternative than to re-think the hospitality industry as a whole.
Maria understands all too well how busy everyone’s life is these days; how
we all long to think back of the time when Mom made delicious homecooked
meals. (Remember the stack of pancakes with real Log Cabin Syrup,
or the delicious bowl of fresh-made soup?)
This is what inspired Maria to redevelop a concept, which provides the old
familiar foods in a more contemporary setting — “smothered” with hospitality,
second to none. The long familiar and proven diner concept was renamed
Roosters Diner. Maria is responsible for overseeing the existing units,
as well as site selection and recruitment of new operators.
Maria is an active Pro-Life member and likes to help rather than to criticize.
One of her goals is to establish a training school in hospitality. She wants to
offer special opportunities and incentives for attendance to expectant mothers,
thereby providing training and a career choice. She hopes that this will
help these mothers-to-be to find employment after giving birth.
For the past two years, Maria has been a finalist in the North American
Marketing Contest. Just recently, she was named Cambridge Who’s Who
Entrepreneur of the Year in the Hospitality lndustry. While inclusion in the
Cambridge Who’s Who Registry is an honor, only a small selection of members
in each discipline are chosen for this distinction.
To learn more about Roosters Diner and how you can become involved in
this not-so-ordinary new concept, please call:
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