LEXINGTON, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Fazoli's, America's largest quick-service Italian restaurant, took home the 2012 Gold Stevie Award for Best Human Resources Department during the 10th Annual American Business Awards on June 18. Fazoli's bested nine other finalists for the honor, during a ceremony hosted by Fox Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone and broadcast live on the Business TalkRadio Network from the Marriott Marquis at New York's Times Square.
"Fazoli's pursuit of excellence is more than a slogan, it's a mandate. This award recognizes the critical role human resources management plays in our success," said Carl Howard, president and CEO. "Recruiting and retaining the right people for both restaurants and support departments enables Fazoli’s to deliver our guests an outstanding experience. I am very proud that our human resources department, led by Dave Craig, vice president of HR, was selected for this prestigious award.”
The Stevie Awards, originally limited to the American Business Awards, were created in 2002 to recognize good business leaders and practices, while countering public distrust of business in the wake of Enron's disgrace. Four programs now comprise the Stevie Awards: American Business Awards, International Business Awards, Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
More than 3,000 nominations were received from nationwide organizations ranging from non-profits to start-ups, government agencies and small to large-sized corporations. More than 270 judges whittled the entries into a list of finalists. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevies were awarded in each division.
Stevie Awards take their name from "Stephen," a Greek derivative for "crowned." The 16-inch, hand cast 24-karat gold statuette presented to Fazoli's was designed by R.S. Owens, famous for its Oscar and Emmy Awards.
An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli’s is a leading, next generation QSR franchise opportunity. With an all-new premium menu featuring freshly prepared Italian entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches and salads, along with a contemporary new restaurant design and fresh leadership, Fazoli’s is well positioned for growth. Already America’s largest Italian quick service chain with more than 220 restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding in select markets throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky., in 1989, Sun Capital Partners acquired Fazoli’s in 2006.