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Maniac Minutes A Publication for Employees of BR Associates, Inc. & Sidal, Inc. June 2009 Owner Al Ruckriegel, Director of Operations Craig Banser, and Rally’s District Managers recently represented Sidal, Inc. at the Checkers/Rally’s convention in Las Vegas. Back row (left to right): Al Ruckriegel, Craig Banser, Nancy Woolen, and Mark Burns; front row: Al Welling, Vance Reed, Gloria Reed, and Paula Burns At right: Director of Operations Craig Banser proudly pointed out “Sidal, Inc.” displayed as a “Million Dollar Restaurant” at convention. Rally’s Broadway in Gary, Indiana, reached the million dollar mark. Congratulations! _________________________________________________________________________________ Long John Silver’s teams celebrated milestones ____________________________ Leah Ricketts, General Manager at Long John General Manager Wilma Vanover (center) and Silver’s on Hwy. 62, in Evansville, Indiana, Larry Foster, Chris Muffet, Rachael Florez, accepted an award from District Manager Daniel Andrea Bickwermert, Jody Heart, Amanda Griffin for conquering 2,500 days accident-free Light, Teresa Troutman, and Kristina Harteneck for her and her team. Congratulations! from Long John Silver’s Wesleyan, in Owensboro, Kentucky, recently celebrated 2,000 accident-free days. Great job, team! Der Büro Komplex • 4201 Mannheim Road, Suite A • Jasper, IN 47546 812-482-3212 • Fax 812-482-4013 • www.brsidal.com Several participated in car shows ________________________________________________________________________ The crew at Grandy’s in Henderson, Kentucky, hosted The crew from Denny’s Diner on Elpers Road in car shows in April and May and will continue to do so Evansville, Indiana, hosted a car show in April. one time each month through September. Above: (l to r) Team Member Derek Bessette, General Above: Vintage autos filled the Denny’s Manager Tim Casey, and Car Show Host Mike manned parking lot. the registration table during the event. Below: The car show was a big hit and drew many guests. Below: The car show generated a large crowd. _________________________________________________________________________________ Wendy’s manager awarded for participation Wendy’s recognitions ______________________ Linda Snow, General Wendy’s District Manager Neil Elkins wants to congratu- Manager at Wendy’s in late his teams at Jasper and Ferdinand, Indiana, for their Greencastle, Indiana, record weeks ending on Sunday, June 28, 2009. accepted the award for Jasper recorded sales of $21,798 and Ferdinand Interdisciplinary $55,958. Great job, teams! Cooperative Education (ICE) Employer of the Wendy’s District Manager Chris Lindsey would like to Year at Greencastle High thank his stores for the great year thus far. They School. expected to be at the half million mark at the end of June. This is by far the most outstanding year they have At left: Team Member ever had in their district. Thanks, team! Deseray Watson, GM Linda Snow, and ICE Director Teresa McKee. Long John Silver’s extended drive-thru hours The teams at Long John Silver’s in Flint and Saginaw, Michigan, extended their drive-thru hours to 11 pm weekly and 10 pm on Sundays. This extension has generated an extra $100 per day between 10 pm – 11pm, and they’re expecting even more this summer. Thanks, team! _________________________________________________________________________________ Several participated in taster’s party The teams from Denny’s and Long John Silver’s in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, participated in The Taste of Ohio County taster’s party. Thanks, Maniacs in Motion! ______________________________________ Thanks to General Manager Verna Halcomb and team members Karen Funk, Hannah Thanks to Assistant Manager Sarah Daniel and Pafford, Amanda Reik, and Katy Funk, from Cook Eddie Childress from Denny’s in Beaver Long John Silver’s in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, for Dam, Kentucky, for representing the company well their participation in The Taste of Ohio County at the taster’s party. The event was a success! taster’s party. They dressed the part for “My Old Kentucky Home” themed booth and served 250 samples of Baja Fish Tacos _________________________________________________________________________________ Wendy’s sets new speed of service record Wendy visited school _____________________ Wendy and the team from Loogootee, Indiana, visited Wendy’s in Tell City, Indiana, set a new weekly pick up Shoals Elementary School to deliver kid’s meals and window speed of service record. They recorded 108 coupons. Thanks for your community support, Maniacs seconds from the time the customer arrived at the speaker until they exited the window with their food. The record was set week ending April 26, 2009. Congratulations to Managers Stacy Patton, Rhonda White, Ryan Patmore, Melinda Smith-Jacobs, Tony Richardt, Angie Lutrell and the entire team! Long John Silver’s showed creative side during contest Long John Silver’s corporate, Yum!, recently held a decorating contest to promote the Lobster Key Event. Our own associates submitted some very creative entries! Great job, teams! Long John Silver’s in Lake Station, Indiana, created a large paper mache’ lobster to hang in their dining room. “Leo the Lobster” has been The crew from Long John Silver’s on Gratiot Avenue in Saginaw, quite a hit with young and old alike and he is Michigan, decorated their window for the event. They have enjoyed helping boost sales! Great job, Maniacs! the compliments they have received and are excited to show guests they have a fun, friendly staff, and guests can expect a good dining experience in their restaurant. Great job, team! Long John Silver’s in Merrillville, Indiana, enlisted the help of their community to design their window. Andrean High School students The team from Long John Silver’s in designed and painted their display. Should Hammond, Indiana, created two exterior they win, the team from LJS plans to donate murals, an interior lobster sign, and several their award to the high school. Looks great! ceiling danglers to get in the spirit. Their exterior murals have attracted new guests and allowed them to enjoy a 1.5% sales increase. Congratulations, team! _________________________________________________________________________________ Corporate office hosted a group from Junior Achievement The corporate office in Jasper, Indiana, hosted several young members from Junior Achievement. The group shadowed the marketing department and gave a presentation to Bob and Lovella to show their designs for invitations for the 45th anniversary celebration and read press releases they created. At right: Director of Marketing Melanie Powell, Lovella Ruckriegel, Bob Ruckriegel, Chief Operating Officer Mike Sullivan, and CEO/CFO Jason Kelly posed with the group. Papa John’s participated in taster’s party The team at Papa John’s in Crown Point, Indiana, recently participated in The Taste of Crown Point. They provided pizza by the slice and ice cold Coca-Cola in the town square. Thanks, Maniacs! _________________________________________________________________________________ Long John Silver’s manager was a true Maniac in Motion! The Jasper Office received a complimentary call after Diane Rose, Assistant Manager at Long John Silver’s in Connersville, Indiana, provided great customer service and went beyong the call of duty. The caller’s mother became very ill while dining at LJS and called her daughter from the restroom. Her daughter then called the restaurant and expressed her concern with her mother’s health. Diane immed- iately called an ambulance and then stayed with the guest until help arrived. Diane also called the emergency room and checked on the guest later in the day. The caller wanted Diane to be recognized for going above and beyond. Thanks, Diane! _________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________ Wendy’s donated frosties Papa John’s participated in parade The team at Wendy’s in Greencastle, Indiana, was recognized in their local newspaper for their numerous donations of Jr. Frosties to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at Covington The crew from Papa John’s in Crown Point, Elementary School to celebrate their reading Indiana, sold pizza and Coca-Cola during accomplishments. Thanks for your community Crown Point's July 4th festivities and participat- involvement, team! ed in the 4th of July Parade, the largest in the state. Thanks, Maniacs! _________________________________________________________________________________ Papa John’s earned great pizza scores District Manager Kim Vajner sends congratulations to the teams at Papa John’s in Schererville, Indiana, for a pizza score of 9.65 and Papa John’s in Valparaiso, Indiana, for a score of 9.8 during a recent inspection. Great job, teams! Wendy’s released results from annual positional contest Wendy’s held it’s second annual positional contest during the 1st quarter of 2009. The general managers held a contest in each restaurant to determine the best grill operator, sandwich maker, register operator, and fry person. The district managers then had to select one contestant for each category, from each district, to compete in the Wendy’s divisional contest. Competition was fierce this year and all district winners did a fantastic job! Congratulations to the overall winners: Melvina Carter - Grill Winner Andrea Graham - Repeat Sandwich Winner Hwy. 41, Henderson, Kentucky Ferdinand, Indiana Jo Olubummo, General Manager Rick Durbin, General Manager Chris Lindsey, District Manager Neil Elkins, District Manager Best District Performance - Loreda Elliott - Fry Winner Chris Lindsey Brian Fuqua - Register Winner Leitchfield, Kentucky and team! Frederica Street, Owensboro, Kentucky Mark Ruddy, General Manager Tom Murray, City Manager Chris Lindsey, District Manager Chris Lindsey, District Manager _________________________________________________________________________________ Long John Silver’s is excited about new Baja Fish Tacos On Tuesday, July 14, 2009, Long John Silver’s restaurants across the nation gave away FREE Baja Fish Tacos to all guests. BR Associates gave away 35,712 tacos in our 103 locations during the four-hour event. The best part ~ store sales that day were up over 20% from one year ago. Our teams got very involved with the event by decorating dining rooms and dressing the part! It was great customer service and products that made this event such a positive one! The following customer comment was received by LJS in Holland, Michigan, following the free Baja Fish Taco Day: “Hello. My experience at LJS was exceptional. Crystal, my cashier, couldn’t have been any nicer! She was very pleasant and was on the ball with everything I asked her. I also appreciated the free fish taco - I love the sauce! My experience was a ‘7’ the highest ranking. Thank you very much!” Great work, Crystal! Wendy’s manager presented “pickle” awards Linda Snow, General Manager at Wendy’s in Greencastle, Indiana, presented “pickle” awards during a recent team meeting. Sticking with the “Give ‘Em The Pickle” video theme, Linda recognized associates who have provided great customer service. Great job, team! Seth Paxton, General Manager Linda Snow, Brittany Adams, and Matt Blauvelt posed with their “pickle” awards! _________________________________________________________________________________ Jasper 8 Theatres kicked off the opening of Transformers with a bang Jasper 8 Theatres worked on building sales and excitement by cross-promoting the movie Transformers with Uebelhor’s Chevrolet dealership in Jasper, Indiana. Uebelhor’s had a 2009 Camaro, a replica of Bumble Bee in the movie, on site during the opening of the movie. Shift Manager Mike Vest and associates Ashley Assistant Manager Brad Craig and Brush, Lauren Hoten, Susan Sanders, Sarah associates Josh Tobin and April Mehringer Goeppner, Shift Manager Megan Gray, and posed with the car. Sarah Christianson posed with the Bumble Bee. _________________________________________________________________________________ Congratulations on the following well-deserved promotions: CEO/CFO Jason Kelly Corporate Shift Managers Miranda Church Wendy’s Wabash, Terre Haute, Indiana Kris Izzi Wendy’s Newburgh, Indiana Nathan Foddrill Wendy’s Bedford, Indiana Brandon Mosher Wendy’s Central City, Kentucky Welcome to newly-hired management team members: General Managers Scott Squires Wendy’s Ferdinand, Indiana Monique Dollins Wendy’s Ferdinand, Indiana Chris Bebee Denny’s Jasper, Indiana Assistant Managers Michelle Duff Wendy’s Greencastle, Indiana James Hickman Wendy’s Greencastle, Indiana Amy Barrett Wendy’s Boehne Camp Rd., Evansville, Indiana Jonnie Murphy Denny’s French Lick, Indiana Carl Ehmann Denny’s French Lick, Indiana Shift Manager Kunta Smith Wendy’s Walnut, Terre Haute, Indiana White Glove 2009 To everyone in the BR/ Sidal family ~ we want to thank you for your hard work and great efforts in the 2009 White Glove contest. Each year we do this to ensure our restaurants are in tip-top shape for the busy season. We want to especially congratulate the winners and everyone who achieved a 90% and above. All restaurants scoring above 90% received plaques for their success. All of the management teams received a monetary prize to use for a maniac party of choice with their crews. This year we will be taking the top winners to Chicago, Illinois, on September 16 - 17, 2009, for two fun-filled days. Winners and guests will be treated to a Chicago Cubs game in a private suite with fantastic food and drinks. The second evening will be spent at Gino's Pizzeria for dinner and drinks in a private room and balcony. Thanks for everyone's shining efforts! The winners are . . . Denny’s Winners #392 Terre Haute, IN - 94.90% District Manager - Gloria Butler At right: Director of Operations Ron Honorable Mention Ison presented #262 Oakland City, IN - 92.41% District Manager #351 Vincennes, IN - 92.41% Gloria Butler with #397 Evansville, IN - 91.14% her prize. At left: General Manager Connie Archer (second from left) and her team at #392 Denny’s in Terre Haute, Indiana, were excited to learn about their accomplishment. _________________________________________________________________________________ Grandy’s Winners #365 Rockport, IN - 93.57% Honorable Mention #243 Jasper, IN - 90.70% At left: Shift Manager Cheryl Ketchum, General Manager Jeff Bowles, team member Travis Bittle accepted the award at Grandy’s in Rockport, Indiana. LJS Central Division Winners #315 New Castle, IN - 97.35% District Manager - Steven Burge Honorable Mention #10 Oxford, Indianapolis, IN - 90.53% #26 Crawfordsville Road, Indianapolis, IN - 92.05% #46 Frankfort, IN - 92.80% #48 Noblesville, IN - 91.19% #16 Mitthoefer, Indianapolis, IN - 90.91% Above: General Manager Belva Tungate #17 Holt Road, Indianapolis, IN - 92.42% (second from left) and crew from #315 LJS New #20 Beech Grove, IN - 92.05% Castle, Indiana, claimed 1st place in the central #393 East Washington, Indianapolis, IN - 94.25% division. #32 LaSalle, Indianapolis, IN - 93.18% #35 Crawfordsville, IN - 90.15% #38 Brazil, IN - 94.32% #56 Mooresville, IN - 93.49% #366 Raceway, Indianapolis, IN - 90.91% #37 Martinsville, IN - 93.94% #97 Southeastern, Indianapolis, IN - 94.70% At left: Steven Burge, District Manager, received the highest score in the central division. _________________________________________________________________________________ LJS Northern Division Winners #45 Merrillville, IN - 96.5% District Manager - Gary Sloan Honorable Mention #42 Ireland Road, South Bend, IN - 96.1% #220 Genesee, Saginaw, MI - 95.7% #219 Union Road, Bay City, MI - 95.7% #370 Wyoming, MI - 94.9% #222 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI - 94.9% #367 East 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI - 94.1% #369 Alpine Walker, MI - 94.1% Above: (left to right) Team Member Velmer #137 Hammond, IN - 93.7% Trambles, General Manager Rebecca Wagner, #224 Midland, MI - 93.7% and Assistant Manager Diane Hill were excited #144 Stevensville, MI - 93.7% when they learned of their 1st place finish. #209 Pierson Road, Flint, MI - 92.9% #44 Niles, MI - 92.5% #225 Linden Road, Flint, MI - 92.5% #40 Western Avenue, South Bend, IN - 92.2% #98 Woodland, Elkhart, IN - 92.2% #39 Michigan City, IN - 92.2% #52 Lake Station, IN - 91.8% At right: District #61 Schererville, IN - 91.8% Manager Gary Sloan #373 Portage, MI - 91.8% (left) had the highest #143 Chesterton, IN - 91.4% score in the northern #221 Gratiot Avenue, Saginaw, MI - 91.0% division. He is pictured #382 Warsaw, IN - 91.0% with Director of #55 Plymouth, IN - 90.6% Operations Phil Chase. LJS Southern Division Winners #198 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY - 98.72% District Manager - Daniel Griffin Honorable Mention #6 Tell City, IN - 93.77% #27 Beaver Dam, KY - 92.95% #82 Wesleyan Park, Owensboro, KY - 92.33% #83 Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY - 91.73% #84 Hwy. 60 East, Owensboro, KY - 93.25% #383 Jasper, IN - 90.89% #2 Henderson, KY - 96.50% #264 Morganfield, KY - 93.77% Above: General Manager Rick Dukes and team #1 Madisonville, KY - 92.00% members from #198 LJS on Frederica Street in #4 Green River Road, Evansville, IN - 96.01% Owensboro, Kentucky, accepted the award for 1st #14 First Avenue, Evansville, IN - 90.00% place in the southern division. #24 Central City, KY - 98.00% #29 Hwy. 62, Evansville, IN - 97.51% #31Eastland Mall, Evansville, IN - 94.80% #339 Hopkinsville, KY - 94.50% #8 Princeton, IN - 92.25% #13 Washington, IN - 94.51% #22 Linton, IN - 91.27% #34 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN - 90.25% #47 Plaza North, Terre Haute, IN - 90.52% At right: District Manager #58 4th & Ohio, Terre Haute, IN - 91.39% Daniel Griffin took top #7 Bedford, IN - 97.75% honors in the southern #194 Highland Village, Bloomington, IN - 92.25% division. #239 Ellettsville, IN - 90.18% #388 Seymour, IN - 92.00% Honorable Mentions . . . Below: The team from #7 LJS in Bedford, Indiana, placed 3rd in the contest. Above: The team from #24 LJS in Above: The team from #29 LJS on Central City, Kentucky, claimed 2nd Hwy. 62 in Evansville, Indiana, place in the contest. accepted the 4th place finish. Papa John’s Winners #380 Patriot Plaza, Springfield, IL - 99.36% District Manager - Jim Adkins Honorable Mention #204 Sheridan Drive, Peoria, IL - 90.59% #234 E. Peoria, IL - 91.90% #205 Bourland, Peoria, IL - 97.49% #320 Galesburg, IL - 92.48% #206 Pekin, IL - 90.35% #344 Canton, IL - 92.00% #265 Lake Station, IN - 93.23% #232 Michigan City, IN - 98.10% #230 Valparaiso, IN - 97.49% #334 Schererville, IN - 97.40% (Left to right) District Manager Jim Adkins and #311 Effingham, IL - 92.88% General Manager Eric Kappes from #380 Papa #207 Springfield, IL - 96.26% John’s on Patriot Plaza in Springfield, Illinois, #268 Chatham Road, Springfield, IL - 95.08% accepted their 1st place awards from owner Sid #208 Jacksonville, IL - 90.34% Ruckriegel. Jacqueline Snoder, (center) General Manager Teresa McWhirter, General Manager at #232 at #230 Papa John’s in Valparaiso, Indiana, Papa John’s in Michigan City, Indiana, was was selected in the “second chance” top 10% selected in the “second chance” top 10% pool pool winners for a trip. She is pictured with winners for a trip. District Manager Kim Vajner and Owner Sid Ruckriegel. Freddie Nunn, Jr., General Manager at #207 Nick Stambaugh, General Manager at #208 in in Springfield, Illinois, proudly accepted his Jacksonville, Illinois, was presented with his store’s plaque for rating above 90%. store’s plaque for rating above 90%. Rally’s Winners #301 Brazil, Indiana - 95.83% District Manager District Manager - Mark Burns Mark Burns cele- brated his top Honorable Mention honors in the #277 Jefferson Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN - 95.78% Rally’s division. #238 South Holland, IL - 90.8% #202 Riverside, Terre Haute, IN - 90.4% #201 Wabash, Terre Haute, IN - 90.1% General Manager Narea Okpala (second from left) and her team at #301 in Brazil, Indiana, celebrated their first place finish in the Rally’s division. _________________________________________________________________________________ Wendy’s Winners #329 Hwy. 41 Henderson, KY - 97.7% District Manager - Chris Lindsey Honorable Mention #190 Central City, KY - 90.53% #347 Green Street, Henderson, KY - 97.25% #394 Leitchfield, KY - 93.49% #79 Princeton, IN - 90.15% #328 Newburgh, IN - 92.42% #327 Green River Road, Evansville, IN - 90.15% #346 Boehne Camp Road, Evansville, IN - 92.13% #81 Plaza North, Terre Haute, IN - 90.04% #127 Linton, IN - 90.04% #360 Mitchell, IN - 90.26% District Manager Chris Lindsey was awarded top honors in the Wendy’s division. Josephine Olubummo, General Manager at #329 on Hwy. 41 in Henderson, Kentucky, took top honors in the Wendy’s division.
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