Explore Our Roots

Tacala’s Founders, Dick Reese and Don Ghareeb opened our first Taco Bell in 1989 in Columbiana, Alabama. Taco Bell locations have more than tripled in the past 30+ years, and Tacala has grown to over 300 locations in the Southeast and Texas. Altamont Capital Partners invested in Tacala in 2012 and has helped drive explosive unit growth over the past eight years.

Even after 30 years and 300+ new Taco Bell restaurants our focus has stayed the same: serve our customers, serve our teams, and serve our communities with kindness. We call this our Here To Serve principle; it’s what we do and a credit to our success.

Meet Our Leaders

Our Senior Leadership Team

Joey Pierson
Joey Pierson
Co-CEO and Chief Financial Officer

Tim Morrison
Tim Morrison
Co-CEO and Chief Operations Officer

MAZEN ALBATARSEH
MAZEN ALBATARSEH
Chief People Officer

Michael Border
Michael Border
Chief Development Officer

Ragan Cain
Ragan Cain
Chief Administrative Officer

Angelique DeFranco
Angelique DeFranco
Chief Compliance Officer

Marjorie Perlman
Marjorie Perlman
Chief Marketing Officer

Don Ghareeb
Don Ghareeb
Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Our Field Leadership Team

David Morrison - Vice-President of Operations
Giji Kurian - Market Director
Jessie Graham - Market Director
Laura Maravi - Market Director
Deborah Wilson - Market Coach
Ken Guardino - Director of Operation Services