Brinker International, Inc., parent company of Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy, named Rob Morris, General Manager of Chili’s in Searcy, Ark., as the company-wide general manager of the year.
Morris was selected for this honor based on key results, including outstanding performance and profit achievements, guest and team member engagement scores, as well as demonstrated commitment to his surrounding community.
As the winner, he receives the coveted Norman Brinker Cup – a crystal trophy named in honor of the late restaurant industry icon and company namesake, Norman Brinker – to display in the restaurant, a one-year lease on a new Lexus and $25,000. Additionally, all team members at his restaurant in Searcy will enjoy a special party and a cash bonus.
“Rob has been a part of our Chili’s family for 19 years and his contributions have helped drive our company’s success,” said Wyman Roberts, president of Chili’s Grill & Bar. “He embraces and exemplifies what it means to be a true leader for the brand and personifies everything we envision an outstanding general manager to be.”
An Arkansas native, Morris has been the general manager of the Searcy Chili’s since it opened in 2006. The company noted that his sales results occurred despite challenging economic conditions and without the restaurant having a bar area.