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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2017

Trey HesterTrey Hester Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Trey Hester, President & COO of Rocky Rococo Restaurants will receive the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s (WRA EF) Salute to Excellence Restaurateur Award at the industry’s Celebration of Excellence dinner taking place on October 22nd at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. He is honored for his dedication to excellence in foodservice and his passion for educating and training the future leaders of the industry.

“Trey Hester believes that education is the primary foundation for our industry as well as for one’s personal and professional success,” said Connie Fedor, WRA EF Executive Director. "He has been a long standing supporter and advocate for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Education Foundation and a leader in the restaurant industry.”

As a current WRA board member, past board chair and current National Restaurant Association board member, Hester represents the interests of his fellow Wisconsin restaurateurs at the state and national level. He was selected as the 2014 Restaurateur of the Year, WRA’s highest honor.

Hester also gives back to local communities, sponsoring many charities and non-profit organizations as well as volunteering as a coach for childrens’ basketball teams.

The WRA EF recognizes six individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2017 Salute to Excellence honorees include: RC Schroeder, Jr. (Fox Valley Technical College), Glee Brechler (James Madison Memorial High School), Chris Roderique (Piggy’s Restaurant), Brian Frakes (Pfister Hotel- Marcus Hotels and Resorts), Tom Surwillo (Milwaukee Area Technical College) and Gordon Food Service.

Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. While they have worked in a variety of roles and in different parts of the state, they all share enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards will be presented at the 2017 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 22 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

 
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