Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Employees Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

Carrollton, TX | March 26, 2008

Five employees and two teams from Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc. were recently recognized by Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman of the board of Carlson, parent of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, with the two top awards presented by the company.

The Carlson Fellows award and the Order of the Golden Rose award are given annually to employees who have demonstrated career achievement and exemplary achievement in the past year with Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality, travel and marketing industries.

"It is an honor for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide to have such hardworking employees recognized for their achievements in the past year," said Richard Snead, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. "These individuals and teams are the 'best of the best' at Carlson Restaurants Worldwide."

Winners of the Carlson Fellows award, which is the highest honor bestowed on Carlson colleagues, are awarded a 19-inch bronze replica of a statue of Carlson's founder, Curt Carlson, that stands in the lobby of Carlson's World Headquarters building in Minneapolis, MN.

Bob Rycroft, Vice President, Strategic Business Development and a 13-year employee of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, was honored with the Carlson Fellow for Stewardship.

Amy Freshwater, Vice President, Communication and Public Relations, who has been with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide since 1984, was honored with the Carlson Fellow for Creativity and Innovation.

Marianna Berg, General Manager, T.G.I. Friday's in Humble, Texas, was honored with the Carlson Fellow for Sales Achievement.

The Order of the Golden Rose honors Carlson colleagues who, by translating the Carlson strategy into meaningful and measurable actions, contributed in extraordinary ways to the company's success in the previous year. Inductees receive a porcelain rose created by the Boehm studios.

This year's Order of the Golden Rose award recipients from Carlson Restaurants Worldwide were as follows:

Marty Ritson, Director of Operations, International

Gary Rumpp, General Manager T.G.I. Friday's, Dearborn, Mich.

T.G.I. Friday's Right Portion, Right Price Team ~ Team leads were Amy Freshwater, Vice President, Communication and Public Relations, Rebecca Sieg, Senior Director of Brand Marketing for T.G.I. Friday's USA, and Scott Randolph, Senior Director, Culinary, R&D, T.G.I. Friday's USA

International Development Team ~ Team lead was John Neitzel, President and COO, International

In addition to being honored at an awards celebration in Las Vegas on February 26, recipients of these award recipients will also be recognized at a special reception at the Carlson Restaurants Worldwide headquarters next month.

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