Thank you for a fabulous experience at the State of the Industry 2016!

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$1500 raised for Hospitality Education and ProStart!

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Goodwill is partnering with WHA Education Foundation to conduct a Hospitality Job Fair scheduled for July 13th, 2016.  This will be great resource for employers looking for entry level employees. 

Contact the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation for Employer information 

State of the Industry Awards 2016


This award celebrates restaurants’ outstanding charitable service and positive impact on their local communities.

2016 Award Winner: Small Operator Category – Whidbey Coffee Company, Dan Ollis

Last year, Whidbey Coffee:

Matched all customer donations for the Oso slide relief.
Raised close to $7,000 for the Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics.
Held a scholarship contest giving a $5,000 scholarship to a high school senior to utilize at the community college of their choice.
Whidbey Coffee also runs an annual fireworks stand to raise funds in support of their community.


2016 Award Winner: Medium-Sized Operator Category – Dick’s Drive-In, Jim & Fawn Spady

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Dick’s annually demonstrates a commitment to community service, innovative business practices and value of their employees. A few examples are:
Dick’s Change for Charity boxes have donated more than $800,000 to individuals and families in their community.
Dick’s values its employees having the opportunity to volunteer and pays them a regular hourly wage to do so.
Dick’s treats its staff like family. It offers 100% employer-paid health insurance and employer-subsidized dental insurance to every employee who works at least 24 hours per week.
They also offer college and vocational/self-improvement scholarships up to $25,000 over four years.


This award specifically honors individual restaurant operators for their personal commitment to community service.
This year WRA has chosen Scott Fraser, owner of Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway.

Fraser is extensively involved in community service.
Each year he supports a Community Harvest Celebration where he serves a free Thanksgiving dinner to more than 3,000 people.
He also partners each year with the Pacific Barbecue Association for an event where he provides free meals to 6,000 people and raises funds for charities including Oak Harbor’s local food bank.
Fraser is a great supporter of ProStart, serving as mentor for Oak Harbor High School for the last 14 years. The school has been state champs six out of the last 10 years, finished second in the nation in 2010, and placed fifth in the nation three other times.

The WHA honors its best and brightest members for their excellence, innovation, community service and contributions to the WHA with its Industry Awards. These awards include:


2016 Award Winner: Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
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Dick’s is being awarded the WRA’s quick service operator of the year award for its excellence, innovation, community service and contributions to the WHA.


2016 Award Winner: Anthony’s Restaurant, Budd Gould


Budd Gould – President/Founder of Anthony’s Restaurants
Local family-owned company tracing back to 1969
First “Anthony’s” restaurant located on the Kirkland waterfront opened in 1976
Anthony’s opened its own Seafood Company in 1984 to ensure its commitment to only the highest quality, fresh seafood
One of Budd’s guiding principles at Anthony’s is giving back to the community and supporting the restaurant industry
Anthony’s has been a member of the Washington Hospitality Association since 1984
Budd has served on the Board of Directors of both the Washington Hospitality Association and National Restaurant Association
Each Anthony’s restaurant is encouraged to be involved in their local communities.
National Restaurant Association “Restaurant Neighbor Award” 2003
Washington Hospitality Association “Restaurant Neighbor Award” 2003
Oregon Restaurant Association “Good Neighbor Award” 2010
Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame 2012
South Seattle Community College Foundation Benefactor of the Year 1997
UW Business School Alumni Leadership Award 1995
Commitment to supporting Community and 4-Year Colleges, as well as other local community organizations.
Opened its latest restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho this week.
Anthony’s continues to be a family-owned company with 29 locations and 2000 team members. Over 200 of those members have 10 years of service, 70 have 20 or more years of service, and there are 15 multi-generational families including one three generational family. Anthony’s has mastered the art of retaining their team!


2016 Award Winner: FSA, Randy Irvine


Food Services America is being awarded WHA’s allied member of the year for its excellence, innovation, community service and contributions to the Washington Hospitality Association.
Randy Irvine, President of Food Services America – Seattle, has been with the company for 26 years.
FSA Seattle’s innovation and honor of community values is evidenced in their Food Alliance certification. They are the second in the nation to receive this certification.
In a long list of innovative business practices FSA Seattle has proven that they:
Protect, conserve and enhance soil, water, wildlife habitat and biodiversity
Conserve energy, reduce and recycle waste
Reduce use of pesticides and other toxic or hazardous materials in their products
Maintain transparent and traceable supply chains
Support safe and fair working conditions
Ensure healthy, humane animal treatment
Randy Irvine himself has served on the Washington Hospitality Association’s Board and has been active in the Education and support of WHA activities.
He has been a huge help to Central Washington members during the recent fire seasons. He is an asset to our industry.


2016 Award Winner: Tillicum Village, Roberta Greer


The Jerry Burtenshaw award honors members of the foodservice industry in Washington State with a personal record of industry achievement over a period of at least 20 years, and are held in high esteem for their distinguished service to their industry, community, charitable organization and family.
This is a lifetime recognition award for outstanding contributions to the WHA and the restaurant industry over the years. Those who receive this award have attained career distinctions of the highest level and are held in high esteem for the service to their industry, community and charities.
Roberta Greer now joins the 10 other honorees who have won this award.
Roberta has served as a guiding light on the Members Services Committee Board.
She volunteers for everything. She is available anytime the WHA needed her and was instrumental in getting our new structure in place in 2007.



Honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream.

2016 Award Winner: Taylor Hoang
Owner, Pho Cyclo Café
Founder/Executive Director, Ethnic Business CoalitionSeattle, Washington


“Taylor Hoang is an entrepreneur and leader in the Asian and business communities of Seattle. Her past ventures have included Internet companies, a mortgage brokerage firm specializing in securing loans for minorities, and a coffee company that helped disadvantaged coffee growers in Vietnam empower themselves through access to training, capital, and the international market. For the past several years, Taylor has successfully run Cyclo Corp, the parent company of Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering. She currently serves on the boards of the Washington Hospitality Association, the Board of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber, the University of Washington Alumni Association, and Friends of Little Saigon. She spends her free time volunteering and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs in the Asian community. As Executive Director of EBC, Taylor seeks to advance the fundamental principles of policies and programs through which ethnic businesses can build advancement and power for their communities and families.”


Student Recipient – Alexander Cornyn, Puyallup High School
ProStart Educator – Janese Lassen




AH&LA Property of the Year

Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport

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We’re very proud to also congratulate Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport that recently received an AH&LA Property of the Year. The Radisson team stands out for strong connection to its community. It supports the Genesis Project, a charity organization that helps victims of sex trafficking, and is a member of the BEST Employers Alliance launched by Businesses to End Slavery & Trafficking in 2015. The hotel has also been active in local toy and school supply drives, participated in city tree plantings, and engaged employees in sustainability initiatives. In addition to the recognition from AH&LA and WLA, the hotel received the 2015 Responsible Business Award from the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Washington Lodging Stars of Industry Awards. The deadline for submissions is September 1. Learn more at