Payson Manager Earns Top Honor

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Desere Gonzales was among the nation's top McDonald's restaurant managers to receive the Ray Kroc Award. The Ray Kroc Award is an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top one percent of McDonald's restaurant managers in the country. Named after McDonald's corporate founder, Ray Kroc, the award is given to managers who deliver superior results in selected areas of performance -- operational excellence, reinforcing McDonald's commitment to people, and building the business.

Only 135 managers were chosen this year to receive the Ray Kroc Award, an honor that comes with a cash award, a Ray Kroc award trophy and pin, and a trip to Chicago for the March 15 awards gala. The banquet was hosted by Ralph Alvarez, president, McDonald's North America at Chicago's Renaissance Hotel.

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Abe Martinez, owner of the Payson McDonald's, congratulates Desere Gonzales, the store's manager on her Ray Kroc Award, the corporation's highest award for its managers. Looking on is Melanie Burns, corporate coordinator for McDonald's.

Ray Kroc built the McDonald's business on the belief that greatness can only be achieved through the dedication and support of a company's people.

The award was named after him, based on his commitment to people and recognizing their contributions to the organization he helped establish.

"I am honored to congratulate the top one percent of McDonald's restaurant managers in the country," says Alvarez.

"We are proud to pay tribute to the best and brightest managers in our system for the critical role they play in delivering a truly outstanding restaurant experience."

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Getting in on the celebration of Desere Gonzales' Ray Kroc Award are, from front to back and left to right: first row, Magdalena Gonzales, Trisha Nicholas; second row, Yadira Villa, Joe Gonzales, Desere Gonzales, and Lydia Gonzales; third row, Abe Martinez Jr. and Sharon Martinez, Sue Chase, Torrey Johnson, Melanie Burns, Sonya Carrillo, Manuel Huerta, Sally Bystricky and Chris Tacket. Martinez is the franchise owner and Burns is the corporate coordinator for McDonald's. Desere Gonzales is the recipient of the prestigious Ray Kroc Award. It is the highest award McDonald's presents to its managers.

McDonald's owner/operators and/or regional staff nominate restaurant managers for the Ray Kroc Award to recognize their hard work, dedication and commitment to McDonald's. From there, a selection committee of representatives from McDonald's operations, training and human resources select the top one percent of McDonald's restaurant managers for the Ray Kroc Award.

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