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"We gathered last night to recognize and thank McDonald’s top restaurant managers who have been and continue to be essential to our success—working hard each and every day towards making our customers smile," said Alan Feldman, president of McDonald’s USA. "We are proud of their daily accomplishments and the outstanding examples they set. They truly exemplify the qualities Ray Kroc himself believed in."
Winners were nominated by their individual owner/operators and chosen based upon success in meeting selected criteria, such as operational excellence, reinforcing McDonald's commitment to people, and building the business. Each winner received a specially created trophy and a monetary cash prize. In addition to the banquet, the winners spent a day with senior management sharing their ideas about what it takes to run a McDonald's restaurant.
Ray Kroc, who founded McDonald’s at age 52, when most people his age were considering retirement, was a true entrepreneur and able to build the McDonald’s business because he believed in the people who worked for him. Kroc was known for saying, "None of us is as good as all of us," because he believed that every person involved in the company equally contributed to its success.