The Team

Our “Stacks Family” team is made up of highly professional, well-seasoned experts who love what they do. Guests frequently comment on how happy our staff appears because it shows, and it’s catching! As a team, we’re happy when our customers are happy.

Founders

Tom DuffyTom Duffy

(July 29, 1940 – October 7, 2009)

A dashing Mission District Irishman with a sharp mind and a gift of gab, Tom Duffy excelled as a leader in the restaurant industry. From the mid-1960’s, Tom opened up one successful restaurant after another throughout San Francisco where he established a loyal fan base—due as much to his irresistible charisma as his irresistible food.

In 1992, Tom became fascinated with the concept of creating a welcoming breakfast/lunch restaurant, and thus Stacks was born. Due to Tom’s impeccable reputation and his uncompromising standards, Stacks was a hit from the start and continues to be so today.

In October 2009, Tom Duffy passed away, leaving behind a legacy of fine restaurants throughout the Bay Area, including our Stacks in Campbell and Redwood City. Luckily, Tom also left behind a professional, committed and extremely well-trained staff—many personally trained by him—to carry on his vision and his commitment to excellence.

ZermattZermatt

Tom bestowed the title of Co-founder to his beloved Bernese Mountain Dog companion, Zermatt, for consistently demonstrating qualities Tom valued in his restaurant staff: loyalty, patience, kindness and enthusiasm. Zermatt always greeted everyone—old friends and new friends alike—with a sincere excitement to see them. Never did he bark or bite.

Managers

Michael A. Schmidt

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Director of Operations

Michael Schmidt has had his hand in the kitchen since he was a young boy of eight whipping up imaginative meals on his own for the family dinners. Continuing to follow his passion, Michael completed a three-year culinary apprenticeship through the Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast, American Culinary Federation. Michael has compiled an impressive list of restaurant work experiences from Las Vegas to Palo Alto where he resided as the Executive Chef at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club serving over a thousand customers a day.

As Director of Operations, overseeing both the Campbell and Redwood City restaurants, Michael continues the Stacks tradition of great food and great service passed down to him from Tom Duffy. Reinforced by his extensive culinary arts and restaurant experience, Michael believes that there is nothing more important than being attentive to the guests’ needs. “We continually ask ourselves what we can do better to enhance our guest experience,” Michael reports. Extremely proud of the Stacks staff, Michael says that “It is special to watch everyone work so hard to please our guests.”

Michelle GomezMichelle Gomez

General Manager of Stacks Redwood City

When Michelle Gomez was a young girl visiting a local coffee shop with her mother, she proclaimed on the spot that she wanted to work in a restaurant when she grew up. That goal served Michelle well as she worked her way through college as a waitress. Graduating in business from San Francisco State University, Michelle took on several jobs, but her career path led her back to her original goal, and her “favorite job of all”—managing Stacks in Redwood City. That’s where you’ll find Michelle eagerly attending to all her guests’ needs with a smooth blend of warmth and professionalism. It is also here that you’ll find Michelle bragging about her staff, “I consider myself lucky to work with such an incredible team of talented people who go above and beyond to delight our guests. From the moment you walk in the door, this team works together to ensure you know just how much they appreciate your choosing Stacks.”

Andres HernandezAndres Hernandez

General Manager

As the General Manager of Stacks in Campbell, Andres Hernandez brings with him over 18 years of restaurant experience. Starting as a dishwasher when he first came to America, he soon found his niche within the industry. Quickly moving his way up through the positions of the restaurant, he bussed tables, served guests, cooked, bartended and eventually became assistant manager. Tom Duffy gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities and talents with the Assistant Manager position at Stacks. When asked what he loves about his job, Andres replied, “The people—I enjoy making people happy.”

Carla Valdivia
Assistant Manager of Stacks Redwood City

 

Chefs

Victor TorresVictor Torres

Head Chef of Stacks Campbell

Victor Torres has been a part of the “Stacks Family” team since 1995. He, too, started his career as a dishwasher and worked his way to Head Cook. Fully incorporating Tom Duffy’s commitment to excellence, Victor is meticulous about the food he serves: “I want every plate to come out of my kitchen looking great and piping hot.” One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Stacks, Victor says, is the teamwork. “I am really proud of the guys that work in the kitchen with me. It’s not always easy working in such a busy place, but they handle everything with a great attitude.” The Stacks team is family to Victor, figuratively and literally. His son, who was only four when Victor first started, is now bussing tables for his dad.