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Alice Elliot, founder and CEO of executive search firm The Elliot Group, has been named the winner of the 2019 Nation’s Restaurant News Norman Award.
The award honors late restaurant pioneer Norman Brinker, who founded Brinker International Inc., and recognizes an industry executive who consistently mentors and inspires future leaders.
“NRN is proud to celebrate Norman Brinker’s legacy of mentorship in the restaurant industry,” said NRN editor-in-chief Jenna Telesca.
“There’s nothing more important for the future of foodservice than shaping new leaders. For 35 years, Alice has been doing just that.”
The Norman Award winner is selected by a committee made up of former award honorees and the NRN editorial team.
“Alice has been at the forefront of identifying, developing and mentoring leaders in the restaurant industry for decades by selflessly providing her time, expertise and connections to those looking to drive their own businesses as well as their own teams,” said Sarah Lockyer, group publisher.
“The Norman Award committee was unanimous in its support of honoring Alice with this award as her fingerprints on the industry are undeniable. On behalf of those of us lucky enough to call Alice not just a business partner but also a friend, a sincere congratulations on receiving the 2019 Norman Award.”
Elliot will be celebrated at the 2019 MUFSO Conference, to be held in Denver Oct. 14-16.
This January, Elliot was also named to NRN’s 2019 Power List of industry movers and shakers.
The former Norman Award winners are a who’s who lineup of restaurant industry leaders and mentors:
2018: Paul Brown, CEO of Inspire Brands
2017: John Miller, CEO of Denny’s
2016: Sally Smith, former president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
2015: Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
2014: J. Patrick Doyle, president and CEO of Domino’s Pizza
2013: Jon Luther, former CEO and chairman of Dunkin’ Brands Group
2012: Rick Federico, CEO and chairman of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
2011: Philip J. Hickey Jr., former chairman of O’Charley’s
2010: Doug Brooks, former president and CEO of Brinker International
Registration is now open for the 2019 MUFSO conference, which will be held Oct. 14-16 in Denver.