LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas is home to one of the nation’s top McDonald’s restaurant managers. Elizabeth Rodriguez recently received the Ray Kroc Award, an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top performing McDonald’s restaurant managers in the country. Named after McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray Kroc, the award was established thirteen years ago in 1999 to honor hardworking managers in both corporate owned and independently owned and operated restaurants – those who make Ray Kroc’s vision of excellence comes to life in restaurants and for customers each day.
A select 142 managers were chosen this year to receive the Ray Kroc Award, an honor that comes with a cash prize, a Ray Kroc award trophy, ring and pin and a trip to Chicago for an awards gala in March hosted by McDonald’s USA President, Jeff Stratton.
“Team building is the key to success; if you build it, it will come” Rodriguez said.
Ray Kroc built the McDonald’s business on the belief that greatness can only be achieved through the dedication and support of a Company’s people. The award was named after him based on his commitment to people and recognizing their contributions to the organization he helped establish. Each year, this prestigious award is given to the top 1 percent of U.S. General Managers to recognize their superior performance and achievement.
“Elizabeth Rodriguez being honored with the coveted Ray Kroc Award is a true testament to her unwavering commitment to excellence, building our business and taking care of our customers’ needs each and every day,” said Owner/Operator James Vance. “We are truly proud to have Elizabeth Rodriguez as part of our McDonald’s family and commend her on this truly amazing accolade.”
Elizabeth Rodriguez has worked at the Vance Organization whose independently owned and operated McDonald’s for 6.5 years as a valued manager.
Winners of the Ray Kroc Award run high performing, profitable restaurants that meet McDonald’s critical customer standards of Quality, Service, and Cleanliness. They have strong business knowledge and achieve superior results in restaurant operations, people management and building the business. As a recognized leader in the restaurant, they develop a restaurant team focused on ensuring customers get a fast, accurate and friendly experience every visit.
McDonald’s Owner/Operators and/or regional staff nominate restaurant managers for the Ray Kroc Award to recognize their hard work, dedication and commitment to McDonald’s. From there, a selection committee of representatives from McDonald’s Operations, Training and Human Resources select the top one percent of General Managers for the Ray Kroc Award.
McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Approximately 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local businessmen and women.