Restaurant industry filled with A+ leaders and phenomenal accomplishments

Most organizations invest considerable time assessing their people. The best employees are recognized for leadership and accomplishments. MVPs lift their organizations to new heights. They drive vision and mission. They champion excellent values. They achieve big goals. They elevate their teams to succeed. They work hard and smart. They grow revenue. They make money.


Just this week, at the annual MUFSO conference for the foodservice industry, Jack Butorac of Marco’s Pizza was named 2017 Operator of the Year. Jack took a small, regional pizza-delivery concept and turned it into one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. Click here to read more about it.

White Castle CEO Lisa Ingram, a great leader here in Ohio and an outstanding friend of the ORA, was a Golden Chain winner at MUFSO, as were Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton and Dave & Buster’s CEO Steve King.

The Ohio Restaurant Association, which has been honoring leaders for decades with our Chairman’s awards, is elevating our awards celebration. This year, we are asking members to nominate outstanding people for our new Industry Awards Celebration.

We will be honoring the best in Ohio for distinguished careers and service in the foodservice industry. The super news is we will recognize honorees in January 2018 during our Mid-America Restaurant Expo in Columbus. The awards will be bigger and better than ever, so take time to nominate someone who makes a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE in the restaurant business.

The award categories include:

  • The Claude F. Morton, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Outstanding Restaurateur Award (3 in Ohio - North, Central and South)

  • Outstanding Vendor Award

  • Outstanding Public Official Award

  • Outstanding Industry Educator

  • Sustainability Award

  • Front of the House Award

  • Back of the House Award

Learn more about the awards and nomination process by clicking here.