Meet the Executive Team
At Dion’s®, we’re not only concerned with how you like your pizza, we want to know what makes you, you. To get us started, the Executive Team answers the question, “What’s Your Slice?”
Mark Herman, CEO
Whether in the office making stuff happen, or exploring the outdoors with his family, Mark is continuously on the go. After high school, Mark got a summer job at Dion’s and never left. He started his management career serving as a General Manager and then grew with the company to hold positions of Operations Manager, Vice President of Store Operations and now Chief Executive Officer.
Mark is known for his improvements to customer service and employee satisfaction while keeping costs low. He helps to build a culture of high expectations, trust, and empowerment. He is committed to maintaining Dion’s Values while growing the company and providing growth opportunities for employees.
Mark holds an Economics degree from the University of New Mexico and he is a member of Vistage and Leadership New Mexico.
Mark has a son and daughter.
What’s Your Slice of Life? Playing in the mountains with my family.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? Slice of pepperoni and green chile and a half turkey salad with Granch (Ranch and Greek dressing).
Stan Hrncir, CFO
Stan joined Dion’s in 2018. He was previously the CFO of McDonough Corporation, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, helping to oversee McDonough’s various subsidiary companies with operations throughout the U.S., and internationally as well. During his five years with McDonough, Stan was also President of one of McDonough’s manufacturing companies based in West Virginia. For the 13 years prior to his CFO role, Stan served as the audit partner for the Albuquerque-based CPA firm, Schlenker, Cantwell & Hrncir, PA.
Stan is a CPA and has a CVA certification as well. He graduated with an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and also has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from UNM. He graduated from Highland High School after moving to Albuquerque from San Antonio, Texas.
What’s Your Slice of Life? Quality time with family and friends.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? A half chef salad with green chile ranch, and a slice of pepperoni, sausage and green chile.
Blair Boyer, Senior Director of Human Resources
Blair has some serious outdoor skills. He spends time outside the office biking on the most amazing trails around Albuquerque and beyond! Blair has been with Dion’s for seven years. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Communications Specialist for AOL in Virginia and then as an Employment Generalist at a field office in Albuquerque. But wait, there’s more. Blair also has 17 years of experience on the operations side of the restaurant business.
He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management Association of New Mexico. Blair earned his degree in Business Administration and is PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certified.
Blair and his wife, Barbara, have a blended family of seven children and eight grandchildren.
What’s Your Slice of Life? Cycling – Fear no road.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? Slice with Italian sausage and green chile, half tossed salad (no mix) with Thousand Island dressing and if I’ve been on a ride, a brownie with icing.
Nancy Laforest, Director of Finance
We think Nancy has all the fun. She has three beautiful grandchildren and spends as much time as she can with them in Arizona. She has been with Dion’s for 15 years and served the company prior to that time during her role with Pulakos & Alongi as Head of Client Accounting and Controller. During tax season she also works for Schlenker & Cantwell.
Nancy attended Kirtland Community College in Michigan and Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.
Nancy has two children and three grandchildren.
What’s Your Slice? Hanging out with my grandkids.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? Slice of Italian sausage, green chile and mushrooms.
Deena Crawley, Director of Marketing
If Deena isn’t in her office, you’ll probably find her running a marathon somewhere. In fact, we think she’s the fastest gal in town. She has been in her current role for six years, but also worked on the operations side as a “red shirt” during an earlier stint with Dion’s. Prior to her position as Marketing Director, Deena worked in brand planning at McKee Wallwork + Company.
She is a two-time Effie finalist, a former President of the American Advertising Federation–NM, has been inducted into the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame, she Co-Chairs the Viante New Mexico Board of Directors, is a mentor for Fathers Building Futures, and is a graduate of Leadership NM. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of New New Mexico.
Deena and her husband, Travis, have three dogs.
What’s Your Slice of Life? Endurance running.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? Slice of pineapple, half crunchy spinach salad, and if it’s a Friday, I’ll throw in a chocolate chip cookie.
Jason Savage, Director of Store Operations
Jason started at Dion’s when he was a teenager and worked his way up through the operations side of the business. He has a reputation for a strong work ethic and investing in people, especially young managers. Many who have worked for him over the years note that he has pushed them to succeed both personally and professionally.
When Jason is not in the stores ensuring our Values are upheld and being a great teacher, he is likely working in his yard to make certain he has the most gorgeous flowers on the block. He and his wife, Kaylene, have four boys.
What’s Your Slice of Life? Soaking in rays next to the ocean.
What’s Your Favorite Dion’s Order? Two favorites – a plain turkey sub on wheat bread and a simple slice of cheese pizza.