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April 21, 2011

Milwaukee-area Business Leader Honored As
Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year

Christine Specht-Palmert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cousins Subs headquartered in Menomonee Falls, was honored as the Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year (OROY) by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Milwaukee Chapter, made up of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.

The OROY award was presented to Specht-Palmert on Monday, January 17, 2011, at a WRA chapter meeting. Specht-Palmert also received a Legislative Citation acknowledging corporate citizenship. On Tuesday, March 22, Specht-Palmert will also be honored with a commendation medal at the 2011 WRA Awards Dinner gala, taking place at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. The OROY award is given by fellow members of the WRA Milwaukee Chapter based on success in business, community service and dedication to the restaurant industry.

Specht-Palmert has been involved in the foodservice industry for 20 years, starting out as a cashier for Cousins Subs. At the young age of 33, she became the President and Chief Operating Officer of the 150-plus unit quickservice chain.

Specht-Palmert has been very active in the WRA, serving as Milwaukee Chapter President in 2007-2008 and is currently on the WRA state Board of Directors. She is an annual participant in state and national legislative events for foodservice and attends and supports state association functions and fundraisers.

Beyond activity in the WRA, Specht-Palmert has supported many community and civic activities including serving as a session presenter at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, holding a seat on the Grace Lutheran Church Board and serving on the Community Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Professionally, she has been recognized in the “40 under 40” by the Business Journal and by the American Marketing Award for Best in Show for Branding Campaign.

Specht-Palmert and her husband JJ reside in Brookfield.

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