Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Honors President's Club Winners at Annual Leadership Summit
Company Celebrates System-Wide Milestones at Event Being Held in Miami, Fla.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (Red Robin or the Company), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, honored 12 of its top general managers who are being inducted officially into the President's Club at its annual leadership summit being held in Miami, Florida. This elite group represents top performing managers across the system.
"I believe one of the keys to our success at Red Robin has been recruiting team members and management who share our core values and truly care about maintaining the highest standards with the food, service and environment provided within the restaurants' four walls," said Eric Houseman, Red Robin president and chief operating officer. "Our annual leadership summit provides the ideal platform to honor our Presidents Club winners, to celebrate milestones and to share information to guide and motivate all of our general managers for the year to come."
General managers of Company restaurants being inducted into the President Club include: Corporate winners Maurico Uray in Columbia, Md.; Michael Lexcen in Henderson, Nev.; Steve Layton in Garden Grove, Calif.; Sheri Erickson in Portland, Ore.; Art Jezak in Santa Ana, Calif.; Howard Kahn in Chandler, Ariz.; Kevin Van Liew in Avondale, Ariz.; and Dave Owen in Tukwila, Wash.
Franchise restaurant inductees include Norel Ojeda with Top Robin Ventures, Inc., in Fresno, Calif.; John Churm with Restaurant Development Co. in Bend, Ore.; Richard Trexler with Ansara Restaurant Group in Roseville, Mich.; and Robert Lenore with Cowboy Red in Hurst, Texas.
Also at the leadership summit, attended by more than 800 company leaders, franchise and business partners, the Company:
- held its annual Smiling Burger Championship team member event capping regional competitions held in the fall of 2006; - crowned "The Next Gourmet Burger Kids Contest" winner; - celebrated the Company's first restaurant to reach $6 million in annual sales, the Southcenter location in Tukwila, Wash. - announced that system-wide sales, including franchise restaurant sales, reached $1 billion in fiscal 2006, and - announced that it is exploring a national media strategy that is expected to include cable television advertising.
The Company expects to report fiscal year 2006 and fourth quarter 2006 financial results and its 2007 outlook on February 22, 2007.
About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Nasdaq: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (www.redrobin.com), founded in 1969, is a casual dining restaurant chain that serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a family-friendly environment. Red Robin(R) restaurants are famous for serving more than 22 high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology(R) Beverages. There are 349 Red Robin(R) restaurants located across the United States and Canada, which include both corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise or license agreements.
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Released January 18, 2007