T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants Recognize Top Performers at Global Leadership Conference

Carrollton, TX | March 13, 2007

T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants recently honored its top performers during the annual T.G.I. Friday's Global Leadership Conference, held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas March 4-6.

"We are pleased to honor these exceptional team members who led T.G.I. Friday's to a great 2006," said Richard Snead, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, parent of T.G.I. Friday's. "These individuals create a great environment for our team members, who in turn provide a great experience for our guests."

A "Great People Awards" gala held March 5 honored the following winners:

Overall General Managers of the Year:

  • Corporate - Michael Jordan, Gainesville, Fla.

  • Franchise - Steve Henning II, Charlotte/University, N.C..

  • International - Fariz Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Divisional General Managers of the Year:

  • Northeast Division U.S.A. (Company) - Mary Curtin, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

  • West Division U.S.A. (Company) - Mary Quinn, Katy, Texas

  • Midwest Division U.S.A. (Company) - Kevin Phillips, Arundel Mills, Md.

  • Non-Traditional U.S.A. - Jen Johnson, DFW Airport, Terminal E

  • Northeast Division U.S.A. (Franchise) - Jenn Hansen, Wilkes Barre, Penn.

  • Midwest Division U.S.A. (Franchise) - Melissa Brown, Charleston, W. Va.

  • West Division U.S.A. (Franchise) - Gina Maese, West Covina, Cal.

  • U.K./Canada/Ireland - Mairead Murphy, Dublin/Blanchardstown, Ireland

  • Middle East/South Asia- Mohammad Moslaeh, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Latin America/Caribbean - Midori Hayakawa, Cancun Airport, Mexico

  • Europe - Therese Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden

Directors of Operations of the Year:

  • Corporate Operations, U.S.A. - Tracy Staples

  • Franchise Operations, U.S.A. - Andy Simpson

  • Corporate Operations, International - Michael Olk

Along with general managers and directors of operations of the year, several other awards were announced at the celebration:

  • Franchise Operator of the Year, U.S.A. - Jimmy Cabanban, United Restaurant Group

  • Franchise Operator of the Year, International - Robert Santos, Bistro Americano Corp.

  • Franchise Developer of the Year, U.S.A. - Livingston, New Jersey-based Briad Restaurant Group

  • Franchise Developer of the Year, International - Seoul, South Korea-based FoodStar, Inc.

  • Franchise Group of the Year, U.S.A. - Cincinnati, Ohio-based The Bistro Group

  • Franchise Group of the Year, International - Madrid, Spain-based Grupo VIPS

More than 1400 Friday's® general managers, corporate leadership, franchise owners, operators and supplier partners representing 58 countries gathered for the annual conference.

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