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Top 40: Cheryl Atkinson-Bosarge

As general manager for the world-famous The Shed BBQ restaurants, there’s nothing Cheryl Atkinson-Bosarge relishes more than watching crew members come together into an empty building and transform their new Shed into their own.

The Biloxi native certainly has had plenty of practice in that department.

That is because Atkinson-Bosarge has opened six new Shed franchises in the past three years and is solely responsible for training up to 120 new crew members and following up quarterly to make sure the novice Shed employees have what she calls “Shedology.”

In addition to training responsibilities, Atkinson-Bosarge also serves the franchise as “catering guru” and event coordinator. She’s even created the official Shed catering manual.

“I have been through every catering book imaginable and learned very quickly that our catering at The Shed is in a world of its own,” she said. “We want to ensure that all of our customers experience the same quality of food and service, and the very excellence that we’re known for.”

Two years ago, Atkinson-Bosarge and The Shed were invited to the NBBQA in Austin to cater to the who’s who of the BBQ world. Promoters of the event were so impressed with her that Atkinson has been asked back to teach seminars and classes ever since.

However, volunteering her time and services are a passion for her, having been involved with over 150 fundraising campaigns to benefit the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“I firmly believe in being a part of the community in all aspects and keeping as much business as possible in the local area,” Atkinson-Bosarge said. “I always refer those whom I work with to promote business back to the local area in which I live and love.”

Though she’s never taken the first college course (“Only ‘Shedology 101,’” she says), Atkinson-Bosarge regards customer service and trouble-shooting as her most valuable personal skills.

“In any job I’ve held, I have always strived at customer service and being able to resolve customer issues,” said the former office manager. “I believe in taking the ‘bull by the horns’ and diving right into whatever project I have in front of me.”

Lauren Thompson, public relations director, Department of Marine Resources, said, “I’m grateful to her as a partner in our community efforts.”

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