The Power List 2018: Denny Marie Post

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The Inked Leader

Denny Marie Post became CEO at Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. in August 2016, after joining the 560-unit casual-dining chain as CMO in 2011. Before that, Post was CMO at T-Mobile USA and worked in leadership at Starbucks,

Burger King and Yum! Brands Inc. She’s treasurer of the Women’s Foodservice Forum board and a member of the Culinary Institute of America Society of Fellows.

Known for: A focus on guests, shareholders and especially team members, even putting her leadership challenges in ink. Last February, Post had a Red Robin burger tattooed on her left arm after surpassing a challenge and more than doubling guest satisfaction scores.

Power move: Post has helped create what she calls “best in class” employee retention in a period of near full employment in the U.S. economy. The company culture has produced a 94-percent

retention rate, strong for the restaurant industry, and managerial turnover of “a remarkably low” 26 percent. Red Robin has eliminated expediting kitchen positions and is in the process of trimming busser positions to reduce labor costs.

What’s next: Post will pause new-unit development after the end of 2018 to refocus the brand on the future, which might offer formats other than casual dining. The company has turned one of its Chicago Express units into a delivery-only location. Further tests of delivery and catering can be expected.

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Colorado man’s body found encased in concrete

The Colorado home where a man’s body was found encased in concrete Jan. 10, 2018 CBS Denver

DENVER — A woman has been charged with murder after her father’s body was found encased in concrete in the crawl space under his home in a Denver suburb.

KUSA-TV reported Tuesday that 69-year-old William Mussack’s body was found Jan. 10, a month after friends and family stopped hearing from him.

Court records say Mussack texted his son Dec. 7, saying he might have been drugged by his daughter, 45-year-old Dayna Jennings. CBS Denver reports the man said he took a single bite of hamburger and slept for 15 hours.

Investigators on Dec. 27 received a call from concerned family members who hadn’t heard from him. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the home where she lived with her father and executed in Jan. 10.

Investigators say Jennings asked for a lawyer and stopped talking as they broke up concrete in the house’s crawl space.

She was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human’s body.

Booking documents did not list an attorney for Jennings.

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4-year-old dies from infection after routine visit to Arizona dentist

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YUMA, Ariz. (KRON) — An Arizona mother has filed a wrongful death complaint against a dental office in Arizona after her child died following a routine visit.

“They took half of my heart,” her mother Francisca Lares said. “They took something from me that will never come back.”

The family attorney, Marco Mercaldo, said the four-year-old girl “had cavities and had a dental abscess.”

In January 2016, Francisca took her young daughter Liseth to the Kool Smiles in Yuma. One day later they were back in the office.

“The mom called back reporting signs of fever from her daughter, the dentist looked at the child, did in our view a relatively cursory exam, sent her home, told the mom essentially there is nothing to worry about she’ll be fine. Unfortunately the infection spread and she died of infection,” Mercaldo said.

Attorneys preparing their case against Kool Smiles say if the office gave Liseth the proper treatment, she could have survived the infection.

“The allegation in our case is the dentist at Kool Smiles didn’t comply with the standards of care,” Mercaldo said.

This week, a 2-year-old was laid to rest after a visit to the same dentist.

Zion Gastelum went in for a crown and filling three weeks ago. At some point, Zion stopped breathing and passed away four days later.

Officials say the cause of Zion’s death is pending.

As Liseth’s family prepares for legal battle against Kool Smiles, her mom says the reason she’s going to court is to get action against the dentist, to save other kids.

“I’m not in it for the money. I’m in it because I want to pay attention to what they’re doing,” Francisca said.

A trial date is set for February 2019.

CNN contributed this article

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