Co-founders of California Pizza Kitchen with the
2004 Commitment to People Award
|Westfield, NJ – July 23, 2004 - The Council of Hotel and Restaurant
Trainers (CHART) today announced the recipients of the 2004 Commitment
to People Award as a two-person team – California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) co-founders
and co-CEOs Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield. Flax and Rosenfield will be
honored at the Commitment to People Awards Gala on Tuesday, August 3, 2004,
the final evening of CHART’s 68th semi-annual hospitality training conference,
held at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.
“Our work atmosphere is upbeat and energetic and the opportunities to grow within the company are excellent, said Vicky Wilvang, CPK director of training. “Rick and Larry provide a complete career progression and invest in the future with our Management Skills Development Workshops, where we identify and train tomorrow’s leaders. Recently, the co-founders even met individually with each and every support team member to encourage open lines of communication and stay actively involved with our employees.”
The Commitment to People Award spotlights the head of an industry organization who clearly and consistently demonstrates a commitment to the development of people. The award selection committee reviewed and ranked the Commitment to People nominees in four categories:
1993 - Donald N. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of Friendly’s
CHART is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to training in the hospitality industry. Members number over 400 and represent multi-unit restaurant and hotel companies. A typical CHART member holds over 10 years of training and human resources experience and impacts over 5,000 employees in 80 units. By helping trainers do their jobs better, CHART positively impacts millions of employees, customers and companies and the industry as a whole. CHART’s mission is to develop hospitality training professionals to advance industry training practices and improve operational results by providing access to education, tools and resources.
California Pizza Kitchen is the leader in California-style cuisine and is widely known for its innovative menu items. California Pizza Kitchen’s original creations are available nationwide at its 145 full-service restaurants, 23 CPK ASAP locations and in the freezer cases of grocery stores. California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative California dishes, from the signature California-style, hearth-baked pizzas to creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches. Children who dine at California Pizza Kitchen choose from an extensive menu, recently named “The Best Kids Menu in America” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. California Pizza Kitchen can be found on the World Wide Web at www.cpk.com.
|Also See:||Agenda Set for Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers Hospitality Training Conference August 1-4, 2004, Gaylord Opryland, Dallas / June 2004|