QSR Magazine Editor Chosen for Faces of Diversity Judging Panel

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QSR magazine's editor, Sherri Daye Scott, will serve as a judge for the National Restaurant Association's 2008 Faces of Diversity Awards program.

QSR magazine's editor, Sherri Daye Scott, will serve as a judge for the National Restaurant Association's 2008 Faces of Diversity Awards program. Joining Daye Scott on the 2008 judging panel are:

-Daniel Halpern, President/Chief Executive Officer & Founding Principal, Jackmont Hospitality
-Gerry Fernandez, President, Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance
-Dina Berta, Human Resources Reporter, Nation's Restaurant News
-Dick Rivera, Chairman and CEO of Rubicon Enterprises LLC

In 2007, the National Restaurant Association partnered with PepsiCo to create the Faces of Diversity Awards, a program designed to recognize the restaurant industry's commitment to diversity and to celebrate individuals in the restaurant industry who are living the American dream. This year judging will take place February 22 in Washington, D.C. Winners will be presented at the 89th Annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in May of 2008.    

Two awards will be given:
-The American Dream Award, honoring individuals from diverse backgrounds who, through hard work, have realized "The American Dream."
-The Inspiration Award, which recognizes a company that has exhibited leadership and vision as an advocate of diversity and inclusion.

"Part of QSR magazine's mission is to illustrate diversity's positive impact on the foodservice industry," says Daye Scott. "I am honored, on behalf of the magazine and as a woman of color, to be asked to take part in this special program."

Applications for the 2008 Faces of Diversity Awards Program can be found at http://www.restaurant.org/diversity and are due January 25, 2008.

QSR Magazine
QSR magazine and its web site QSRmagazine.com are the leading sources of news and information about the $180+ billion quick-service industry. For more than 10 years, QSR has defined this market, which includes traditional fast food, fast-casual dining, coffee, snacks, full-service takeaway, concessions, convenience stores, and related segments of the foodservice industry. It is the magazine's mission to report and analyze current trends in the restaurant industry, to work to highlight the positive impact of diversity on this market, and improve the quick-service restaurant industry as a whole.

National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association's mission is to represent, educate and promote a rapidly growing industry that is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 13.1 million people.

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