The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation honored its 2014 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream award winners, and announced the 2014 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, at a gala Tuesday during the NRA's Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
The 2014 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality award was awarded to Jackie Trujillo, chairman emeritus of Harman Management, a Los Altos, Calif.-based franchise corporation that operates more than 300 KFC restaurants, and several others that are cobranded with Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and A&W.
According to a news release, the award is given to "an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry."
Trujillo began her restaurant career in 1953 and has since worked at all levels of the industry. In 1988, she became a founding member of the Women's Foodservice Forum.
"For decades, Jackie has been a pioneer of the restaurant industry, paving the way for those who follow her, especially women, to climb the ladder and assume leadership positions in restaurants and corporations across the country," Rob Gifford, EVP for the NRA, said in a news release. "Her passion is infectious and she exemplifies precisely what it means to be a leader in the restaurant industry. We're excited to recognize Jackie with the NRAEF's highest honor for all she has done to advance our mission and exemplify the positive work restaurants and restaurateurs do."
Additionally, recipients of the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Award received a $5,000 contribution to continue supporting their charitable initiatives. The winners were:
- Matt Haley, CEO, SoDel Concepts (Rehoboth Beach, Del.)
- Passport Pizza (Clinton Township, Mich.)
- Cohn Restaurant Group (San Diego, Calif.)
- Panda Restaurant Group (Rosemead, Calif.)
The 2014 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award went to three restaurant entrepreneurs, including:
- Griselda Barajas, president and CEO, Griselda's Catering (Sacramento, Calif.)
- Mansour Ghalibaf, owner, Hotel Northampton (Northampton, Mass.)
- Jahangir Kabir, district supervisor, White Castle System Inc. (Woodside, N.Y.)