Tanya Heath of Chesterfield was chosen as one of McDonald’s corporation’s Ray Kroc award winners. Chosen globally from more than 37,000 restaurants, these individuals represent the top 1 percent of McDonald’s restaurant managers from around the world.
Named after McDonald’s Corporation founder, Ray Kroc, the award recognizes and rewards hardworking restaurant managers who deliver superior results in team performance and operational excellence. The Ray Kroc Awards were established in 1999 to celebrate exceptional manager performance at both company-owned and franchised restaurants.
Owner/Operator Sue Durlak is extremely proud of her employee.
“It’s a hard award to win. Only 370 employees get it and it’s only awarded every other year. She deserved it, though. I’m glad she’s in the club.”
In a speech at a surprise celebration in Tanya’s honor, Sue said:
“When I think about the Ray Kroc award, to me it’s not just about the results and the numbers produced. It’s about the person - how they conduct themselves, the way they interact with guests, managers and crew, their work ethic, and desire to be the best. You can check yes to next to Tanya’s name for everything for all of the above. Tanya deserves this award for everything she has done and continues to do for our company and the brand.”
Tanya has been working towards this goal for four years.
“Everyone helped me get here and I appreciate it. Chris gave me a job and Sue made me family. This what I really wanted. I appreciate this and it means so much.” -Tanya
The recipients of the Ray Kroc Award are nominated by McDonald's franchisees and regional management for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the McDonald's brand. From there, a selection committee of representatives from McDonald's operations, training, and human resources teams select the award winners.
“Tanya is a true advocate for the Richmond Ronald McDonald House. She has won the contest three years in a row for RMHC and has collected over $15,000. She also donated her time to Habitat For Humanity.” - Sue Durlak. Allison Santos, Director of Development at the Richmond Ronald McDonald House says “Well deserved!!!!! Tanya is a rockstar!” in an Instagram post comment.
In addition to the cash awards, prizes, and gifts from the McDonald’s Corporation, suppliers, and S.M. Durlak, Inc., Tanya will join her international peers at the Ray Kroc Awards Gala Celebration in Orlando, Florida in April with an all-expense-paid trip.