Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Recognizes Restaurant Leaders at 20th Annual Leadership Conference

Restaurant company's Leadership Conference celebrates six individuals for leadership contributions

COLUMBUS (October 29, 2013): Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Leadership Conference awards, which recognizes outstanding performance. The awards were presented to six deserving associates at the company’s 20th annual Leadership Conference held in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in the restaurant business, I am proud to recognize these six exceptional individuals and teams for their outstanding leadership to the company,” said Cameron Mitchell, CMR founder and president. “Without a doubt, their unwavering commitment and dedication to delivering genuine hospitality has been integral to our success and will help propel us into the next two decades.”

The 2013 Leadership Conference award recipients include:

Restaurant of the Year: Ocean Prime in Denver, Colorado is this year’s recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award. Opened by CMR in 2011, the restaurant is led by General Manager Heather McCormick of Denver, Colorado and Executive Chef Bill Crow of Conifer, Colorado.

General Manager of the Year: Wendy Middleton of Delaware, Ohio is the 2013 General Manager of the Year award recipient. Middleton is currently the General Manager and Operating Partner at Cap City Diner in Gahanna, Ohio.

Executive Chef of the Year: This year’s Executive Chef of the Year award was presented to Nick Grosenbach of Tampa, Florida. Grosenbach is the Executive Chef at Ocean Prime in Tampa, Florida.

Dining Room Manager of the Year: Kelli Gordon of Dublin, Ohio received this year’s Dining Room Manager of the Year award. Gordon, a nine-year CMR veteran, was recently promoted to General Manager at Cameron’s American Bistro in Linworth, Ohio.

Sous Chef of the Year: Ryan DeConnick of Johnstown, Ohio is this year’s recipient of the Sous Chef of the Year award. DeConnick was recently promoted to Executive Chef at Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro in Columbus, Ohio.

Cameron Mitchell Award: This year’s Cameron Mitchell Award was presented to Jamie Kline of Dublin, Ohio. The award recognizes individuals for their exceptional leadership in the company and for their significant contributions to CMR’s success. Kline joined the CMR team in 1995 and currently serves as Regional Chef for Cameron Mitchell Premier Events.

“Putting our associates first is core to the company’s 20 years of success and helps differentiate us from our competitors,” said David Miller, CMR executive vice president. “Hiring and retaining extraordinary people is what we strive to do, and these awards highlight the accomplishments of our top associates who every day create raving fans within their teams that they work with and guests that they serve.”