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L&L Franchise names founder's daughter CFO

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:16 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2014

Elisia Flores has been named chief financial officer of L&L Franchise Inc., parent company of L&L Drive-Inn, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and L&L Hawaiian Grill.

A 2002 graduate of Punahou School, Flores has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Southern California and an Executive MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

In prior years, Flores worked at General Electric in multiple financial leadership roles and was senior finance manager for GE Energy in Phoenix, Ariz., before resigning to join the family business.

Her father Eddie Flores is president and co-founder of the business, and her mother Elaine is one of three vice presidents.

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Kai37 wrote:
Looks like she is definitely qualified and paid her dues working hard some place else first. Good for her and the business.
on July 17,2014 | 04:10PM
niimi wrote:
Anderson School of Business, MBA. USC undergrad. Punahou graduate. That's one very well connected person.
on July 17,2014 | 06:13PM
richierich wrote:
I've never met her, but my guess is that she is intelligent and hard working just like her father and brother.
on July 17,2014 | 05:12PM
justin_thyme wrote:
Let's hope she is more compassionate than her father was when it comes to customers with physical disabilities. Eddie Flores spent much more money on attorney fees fighting legitimate ADA claims than it would have cost L&L to bring their facilities into compliance with Federal law. Shame on him! If only for wise economic corporate strategy, let's hope that Elisia will be wiser and less hard-headed than her dad.
on July 17,2014 | 07:48PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I support accommodations for disabled people but I also believe that many of those lawsuits were part of a coordinated money making effort. I say that because many were filed by the same team of people who never patronized businesses before or after their suits and included some very minor discrepencies.
on July 18,2014 | 07:08AM
what wrote:
Agreed. Disability requirements can go overboard and hurt businesses, and can be abused by gold miners.
on July 18,2014 | 11:45AM
Giligan wrote:
Attorney Lunsford P. filed lawsuits and businesses were required to hire and pay his consultant friends lucrative and exorbitant fees, Eddie Flores was the only brave one to fight back.
on July 19,2014 | 06:42AM
Papakolea wrote:
Eddie Flores is the epitome of the American Dream. Came here, worked hard, took risks, worked hard, took more risks, and put his kids through top notch education. Good for her!!
on July 17,2014 | 08:10PM
2NDC wrote:
She's cute. I wonder if she's single.
on July 18,2014 | 12:00AM
cojef wrote:
Moneyed interest or love fling?
on July 18,2014 | 08:04AM
what wrote:
Kept man.
on July 18,2014 | 11:42AM
tomo wrote:
Congratulations. Now, can they work on improving their food and service?
on July 18,2014 | 06:29AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
tomo, I believe L & L's are franchises. Blame the individual owners.
on July 18,2014 | 05:49PM
Sandybeach wrote:
Privately held company. Decision perfect makes sense. Who better than his well educated and extremely qualified daughter. Mr. Flores owns the company. Good choice.
on July 18,2014 | 07:00AM
cojef wrote:
Credentials galore, hope she can really branch out into another type of franchise business. The mortality in the food industry is great. The popular Elephant Bar has closed shop in our community and the Olive Garden and Red Lobster are hanging on by their bootstraps waiting for their parent company to pull the plug.
on July 18,2014 | 08:11AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
I guess everyone here is okay with the high prices of cheap eats in Hawaii. Just visit the Walmart location of their L&L restaurant and you will see what I mean. I hate to say it but Hawaii consumers accept high prices as a way of life and don't seem to be bothered by it. And then we wake up shocked at the gas prices. If you want to see how overpriced L&L plate lunches are, just visit Waiakamilo Drive In in Kalihi. I went here on a tip by a friend of mine who lives in this area. They serve the same thing as L&L but for LESS. And the portions are even bigger in most cases. Then visit Zippy's and see how much their plate lunches cost. L&L and Zippy's have garnered all the Best of the Best awards but this little known restaurant in Kalihi gets none. Zippy's gives the least amount of food for the money of the three. A hamburger steak meal with one patty costs about 8 dollars (no drink). At Waiakamilo Drive In you get two patties, one scoop rice and one scoop mac salad in a mini for about 5 bucks. About the same amount of food as the Zippy's regular sized plate lunch. Of course, Zippy's has that fancy black tray and clear top. That's costing you three bucks, by the way. I recall one time ordering a mini chicken katsu at Zippy's and found at most five small slices of breaded chicken. And it cost more than the Waikamilo Drive In's mini which had more or as much chicken than either of the two competitor's regular.
on July 18,2014 | 11:30AM
what wrote:
It's the rent - rent prices have to be passed along in the price of the meal. Rent at an old Kalihi location is probably a fraction of the rent at a high profile location near Ala Moana. Sometimes high traffic and resulting high sales can overcome the higher rent, but not always.
on July 18,2014 | 11:49AM
false wrote:
IRT what, I agree totally. Richie's is still cheap with decent size servings still. Rainbow's on the Kapahulu corridor saw its prices increase with smaller servings. Rent and related overhead expenses drive out a lot of companies. Tsukenjo's, Ebisu's on King St (across the old King Hawaiian Bakery). I miss Washington Saimin too. Blaahhh
on July 18,2014 | 02:34PM
AhiPoke wrote:
What you're describing is the beauty of the American enterprise system, people are free make choices of whom they want to patronize. No one is forcing you to go to L&L or Zippy's or to not go to Waiakamilo Drive Inn.
on July 18,2014 | 01:07PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Kaneohe, check their menu prices again. More like $6.50 for that plate lunch. I eat there occasionally, even with several changes in ownership. Rent must be cheaper than at Zippy's a block away.
on July 18,2014 | 05:53PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Next Stop? "L&L Mortgage and Finance"
on July 18,2014 | 12:46PM
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