Aarsand Management is grateful to its Above Store Leaders and the corporate office staff members for their able leadership in a variety of company tasks. Each one of them provides a piece of the whole helping to make Aarsand & Company one of the largest Quick Service Food Franchisees in the United States.
Bruce Clarke - Vice President of Operations
Bruce Clark joined the Aarsand Team in May 2015, as Vice President/Operations, after 33 years of Taco Bell experience. Bruce began his long career in the Quick Food Service industry - following graduation from The University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration - as a Taco Bell Restaurant Manager in Dallas/Fort Worth in 1982. Bruce has worked his way to various levels of management within Taco Bell, including: Senior Manager of Human Resources, Franchise Business Coach, and most recently DMA leader in Maryland and Virginia. As DMA leader since 2007, Bruce managed the full operation of 27 company-operated restaurants, including capital investment, developing personnel, staffing, coaching, and real estate selection.
Bruce received his Master in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. He has received additional Leadership training and coursework through YUM University.
Bruce is married to Maria and is the father of 3 children, Trevor, Grace Ann, and Wesley. In his spare time, Bruce plays in an adult softball league and helps manage a travel baseball team, which he began 12 years ago.
Aarsand Management is fortunate to have Bruce Clarke’s experience and wisdom as he helps lead our company in this next chapter of this franchise!
Torben G. Aarsand - Director of the Good Neighbor Program and Community Relations
BA in History and Religious Studies, Lynchburg College (VA)
Master of Divinity, Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg
Torben Aarsand, younger brother of the founder of Aarsand and Company, the late, Knut J. Aarsand, Torben joined the Aarsand team, headed now by his nephew, Kurt, and his niece Krista, in 2004, after serving 25 years as an ordained clergyman.
Torben wears a couple of hats within the company. One of his jobs is running the Good Neighbor Program, a program which seeks to reach out to the communities in which the company restaurants are located. He also serves as director of Community Relations, which involves advertising for some of the restaurants and producing the company Colonel Bella Report, a bi-monthly newsletter.
He is also Executive Director of "A Step 2 Success," a 501 C public charity, which support the efforts of young men and women who are seeking to improve their lives. For more information about the foundation, it can be found on the web: www.astep2success.org
Married to Carol, since 1979, they are the parents of one daughter, Kay. The Aarsand's live in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Torben's interests include: cooking, photography, reading, singing, and travel.
Sharon Tamassia - Payroll Administrator
Sharon is the the first Aarsand employee hired in October 1990.
Sharon Smith - HR Executive
Born: September 1959, Baltimore, MD
Essex Community College, Maryland / classes in early 1980's
College of Notre Dame, Maryland / Weekend College late 1980's
Sharon has been dedicated to working in Human Resources since 1986. She has been with the Aarsand family since August 2002 as the Director of Human Resources with responsibilities to all Aarsand stores and employees. Previous to Aarsand her Human Resources concentration was performed in the Information Systems industry.
Sharon has lived in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area her entire life. She is the parent of one daughter. Her focus in her personal life is truly dedicated to her daughter and family but because of her strong belief in people she chooses Human Resources as her career. . Her interests are animals, reading, and transferring her belief in people to others in both her career and personal life. That is why she feels very lucky to be part of a team work environment and company that has the same beliefs.
Monica Yashinskie - CPA Controller
Born: Elkton, Maryland
B.S. in Accounting, Salisbury State University 1990
Monica has been working with the Aarsand family since 1993, when she worked on the Aarsand account through C. W. Amos & Company and then Sturn, Wagner & Associates in Annapolis, MD. In 1999, Monica started full time with Aarsand & Company as their in-house Controller. She is responsible for the accounting for all the Aarsand entities.
Monica has lived in Maryland her entire life. She was born and raised in Cecil County, Maryland. She went to school in Salisbury and lived there for a brief time after graduation from Salisbury in 1990. She lived in Anne Arundel County, Maryland for 10 years before moving back to Cecil County. She has two children who take up the majority of her free time. Her interests are her family, the beach and spending time with good friends.
Kim Piercy – Loss Prevention Manager
Associates Degree in Business Administration; YTI 1999
The Reid Technique Interviewing & Interrogation Courses 2001 & 2003
Kim has been working with the Aarsand family since 1999, she started off as a receptionist which was part of an internship with college. With guidance from the owners and operations team she learned the business which evolved into the role of Loss Prevention Manager since 2001.
Kim has lived in Maryland her entire life. She married her husband, Mathias, in 2002, they enjoyed many years spending time together, traveling & boating. In 2011 they had their first son, then in 2013 they welcomed another son into their family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her interests are traveling & boating.