Industry News | November 28, 2007

Top Restaurant Companies Honored for Best Human Capital Practices

Three hundred executives from more than 100 companies were on hand to applaud the winners of the 2007 People Report Best Practices awards for excellence in people practices at their 12th annual conference held in Dallas on November 14 and 15, 2007.

People Report presented the Heart of the Workplace Award to Legal Sea Foods in recognition of the company’s commitment to investing in both their employees and community. Pizza Properties (Burger King) received the Catalyst Award, honoring their significant advances and sustained results on the people side of the P & L over the past two years.

The 2007 Best People Practices Awards, given in recognition of an organization’s achievements in management retention, employee retention and composite diversity, a measure of the presence of women and diverse individuals in management, were presented to Panda Express (Segment A—Limited Service/Fast Casual/Family Dining), Longhorn Steakhouse (Segment B--Full Service Casual Dining), Capital Grille (Segment C—Casual Dining Plus/Fine Dining) and White Castle (Segment Q—Quick Service). The 2007 award was the second time that Capital Grille and White Castle have both achieved the top results.

The 3rd Annual Workplace Legacy Award was given to James Broadhurst, the Chairman of Eat ‘N Park Hospitality Group, whose leadership and commitment to the industry and community have established Eat ‘N Park as a regional powerhouse. “Jim built Eat ‘N Park into a viable company and managed to keep the family feeling imbedded deep in the roots of its culture,” said Joni Thomas Doolin, CEO and founder of People Report. “His commitment to putting people first is evident in the strong employee loyalty at Eat ‘N Park and he has personally been an exceptional role model in the local and national community raising millions of dollars for multiple non-profit organizations.”

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