Pictured: Ken Houck, Kim Davis, Roy Hinojosa, David Webb, Charlie Pineda, Kim Pineda, Kevin Trotter, Mikel Weber, Lance Trenary, James Maynard
Congratulations to General Manager-of-the-Year Kevin Trotter
During the 2015 Golden Corral Convention and Trade Show held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL, over 1,000 attendees learned about Golden Corral's plans for 2016, were entertained by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and received inspiring takeaways from presentations by Sarah Lockyer, Editor-in-Chief of Nation's Restaurant News; Admiral William McRaven, USN (Retired); and Walter Bond, former NBA player and broadcaster.
The year's most prestigious awards, Elite Twenty and Top Ten, were bestowed upon Golden Corral's deserving franchisees and company operators during the Celebration of Operational Excellence awards ceremony. The 2015 top honorees were Franchisee-of-the-Year Eric Holm for his Kissimmee, FL, restaurant and General Manager-of-the-Year Kevin Trotter of Jacksonville, FL.
Kevin increased his sales by 9.8% this past year and improved profit 32% over last year's record year. He maintained an 89.8 PDE average. "Kevin is an operator who never gives up," says David Webb, Division 1 President. "No matter what the challenge, no matter what the obstacle, he will attack it head-on until he overcomes it. This tenacity has been what has driven his team to earn Top Ten awards three years in a row."
"There are two sides to Kevin," says District Manager Charlie Pineda. "One side is a strong barrel-chested, deep voice that shakes the foundation, and the other side is kindhearted and caring, which is displayed by his quiet body-shaking laugh. It's the power of these two forces combined with his directness and honesty that make him such a strong leader."
Robert Lathon, General Manager of Laurinburg, NC, and Karen Faigle, Operating Partner of Fort Wright, KY, were awarded 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.