Julia Stewart center with the DineEquity team at the MUFSO Industry Awards Gala

Julia Stewart (center) with the DineEquity team at the MUFSO Industry Awards Gala.

Julia Stewart named 2015 Operator of the Year

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Julia Stewart, chair and CEO of Applebee’s and IHOP parent DineEquity Inc., was named Operator of the Year at the 2015 MUFSO conference on Monday.

A 40-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Stewart started out as a server at IHOP when she was 15. She now helms a franchise operation that includes more than 3,600 restaurants globally under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP br

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