Leadership Team

Chris Zarodkiewicz
President and Founder

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Chris is the President and founder of Cezars International K.K.A native of New Jersey in the U.S., Chris graduated university in 1988 with a degree in hospitality management and ventured off into the hospitality industry. Prior to coming to Japan, Chris worked in management positions for Hilton International in both the United States and Canada where he developed his business skills and, most importantly, his passion for the highest quality service and great food.

In 1993 Chris came to japan to manage Nagoya’s largest foreign operated restaurant and in November of 2013 he celebrated his 20th anniversary of living and developing Cezars International K.K. business in Japan.

Cezars International was founded in 1996 with the opening of Shooters Sports Bar & Grill and currently owns and operates restaurants and food service locations throughout Japan in addition to running Interlink K.K., Japans finest relocation and real-estate company.

Married with two kids, he calls Nagoya Home.

Phillip Smith
Director of Food Service

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With two decades of leadership in the food service industry, Phillip wrote the book on operational excellence.

He began his food service career back in 1990 while in High School with the Denny’s restaurant chain as a dishwasher. In college, Phillip worked as cook while balancing his college studies and earning a degree in Business Management. A long the way, he joined the Bon Appetite Management Company and served in several leadership roles and various venues for a total of five years.
After that, Phillip continue his operational journey and became a general manager of a café for two years before being recruited to Jamba Juice Corporation where he served as a Training General Manager for six years, having the responsibility to develop general managers for various markets around America. Phillip joined the Cezars family back in January 2007.

With his forward thinking, attention to details and commitment to operational excellence and customer focus, Cezars Kitchen K.K. has continued to show positive growth under his leadership.

Mario Long G.M.S.
Director or Sales and Business Development

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After studying Japanese language at university in his home state of Michigan and graduating with a degree in Telecommunications & Film, Mario moved to Nagoya, Japan where he has lived and worked for over ten years. During this time, he worked his way up the ranks of one of the largest language consulting companies in Japan. Mario was eventually given the responsibility of recruiting, training and supervising for all Business Language Consultants in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie Prefectures.

Mario joined The Cezars family in 2014 as the Assistant Director at Interlink and was awarded the designation of Global Mobility Specialist (G.M.S.) from the Employee Relocation Council (ERC) in 2015. He continues to utilize his training, team-building experience, and drive for constant improvement “kaizen” to ensure that Japan Mobility K.K. continues to offer the best possible relocation experience to all customers throughout Japan.

In his free time, he enjoys visiting local restaurants with his wife and two children, exercising, and attending charity events throughout Japan.

Risa Yamanaka
Office Manager

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After completing high-school in Nagoya Japan, Risa ventured off to see the world, and embarked in full-time studies at California State University. Upon graduation, she returned to pursue her career in Japan. She spent time refining her skills in Sales and Customer Service with a well-known Japanese company. Incorporating those skills and her five years of experience abroad, she joined Cezars International KK in 2005 to work as a Relocation Consultant for Interlink Relocations.

In 2007 she moved into an administrative role at Head Office, and has since been promoted to Office Manager for the company. She takes on a variety of tasks and responsibilities vital to the business each day, and has strongly contributed to the growth and success of the organization as a whole.