James Kahler


“In the restaurant business, hands on training matters.”

- James Kahler, Chief Operations Officer

James Kahler has over two decades of experience in operations, starting with his service in the US Navy. He was a multi-unit operator with Moe’s Southwest Grill®, where he served as a Franchise Partner / Director of Operations. James then joined Chicken Salad Chick®, in their early stages of development, as a Franchise Business Consultant.

James played an instrumental role in the brand’s rapid growth from 38 locations, to over 200, while opening 42 new restaurants during his tenure. He developed a number of best practices and procedures, while focusing on developing, coaching, and mentoring top-producing restaurant owners and management teams.


24+ years Foodservice Experience

  • Multi-unit Operator
  • Franchisee
  • Fast Casual
  • Nontraditional Development
  • Certified Franchise Executive


  • Operational Standards & Procedures
  • Training
  • Catering
  • Leadership Development
  • New Restaurant Openings
  • P&L Optimization
  • BOH Design Efficiency
  • Compliance
  • Restaurant Safety & Sanitation

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