Ericka Garza is president of Au Bon Pain, responsible for setting the strategic vision and all facets of the overall business. She is also accountable for the sustainable growth and success of Au Bon Pains franchise system.
Prior to joining Au Bain Pain, she served as Executive Franchise Growth Leader for YUM Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company overseeing Pizza Hut’s domestic Traditional & Non- Traditional Franchising business.
Garza was the first female Latina executive to lead this role. Garza was instrumental in paving the way for multiple underrepresented people of color and women to enter the franchise system. She has a tremendous passion and a proven track record of advocating equal opportunities within the industry. One of her top accomplishments was to be the founder of EmpowHER! Yum’s first Women in Franchising conference focused on leaders from franchisees across the U.S.
In addition, Garza has extensive franchising experience working at well-known, multi-national
brands like Boston’s Pizza, 7-Eleven, and Nokia.
Throughout her career, Garza believes women have the ambition, work ethic, and talent to lead global businesses at the highest levels and is committed to helping increase the number of underrepresented minorities to pursue business education, corporate leadership, and entrepreneurship. In addition, Garza is passionate about developing new leaders and building strong teams and cultures focusing on accountability and business results.
Garza is alumni of Arte AC- Instituto de Estudios Superiores. She recently graduated from the
Executive Leadership Program from Cornell University’s Executive Education.
She currently lives in Southlake, Texas, with her husband. They are proud parents of three grown children.