Sarah Griesenauer, Principal Program Lead at Chick-fil-A, is assisting in the company’s expansion into existing and new markets through her work on the Restaurant Development Market Strategy team. Chick-fil-A is the nation’s largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain, with more than 2,000 restaurants in 46 states. The company surpassed $10 billion in sales in 2018, and its growth is continuing at a rapid pace in markets across the country.
Sarah joined Chick-fil-A’s real estate team in 2011. In her time with the company, she has led the growth strategy in more than 20 states across the country, including areas of the Southeast, Midwest, West, and currently the Southwest region. While Chick-fil-A pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls, today the company’s restaurants vary in type, including malls, free-standing restaurants, drive-thru only locations, in-lines, and licensed locations.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Sarah worked as a Credit Analyst in the Real Estate Lending group of United Community Bank, and held internships with RaceTrac Petroleum, Landmark Properties, Bank of North Georgia, The Hartford Insurance Company, & Washington Mutual (now Chase) Bank.
Sarah is a native of Marietta, GA, having attended Pope High School then the University of Georgia where she received a BBA in Real Estate from the Terry College of Business. While at the University of Georgia, Sarah served as Vice President of the Real Estate Society and of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Co-Ed Business Fraternity.
A cellist since the age of 11, Sarah’s love of music began when she picked up a cello for the first time at the 6th grade orchestra open house. Her devotion to music and the cello continued over the years, and included participating in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Buckhead Youth Orchestra, Georgia All-State Orchestra, Cobb County Honor Orchestra, UGA Symphony Orchestra, and currently the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra since 2010.
Sarah resides in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta with a furry orange tabby cat named Brinkley. In her spare time, she enjoys biking the Beltline, yoga, painting, attending concerts and music festivals, volunteering on her neighborhood HOA Board, and exploring new restaurants around Atlanta as an amateur foodie.