Last month, the Hard Rock Café Orlando rolled out the red carpet for the Compass Night of Stars, a prestigious event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the Compass Group’s Be-A-Star participants. 87 winners out of 220,000 employees from across the country were invited to attend the recognition celebration. The Compass Group is a family of food and hospitality companies. Bon Appetit Management Company, TASTE’s parent company who is owned by the Compass Group, was represented by our General Manager, Kristin White.
The annual Be-A-Star program is divided into three ‘Star’ segments, aligning with the first three quarters of the year. Managers from each of the Compass Group sectors, in our case, Bon Appetit, were tasked with giving their staff members opportunities to be recognized for outstanding job performance. The program not only incorporates a variety of ways for managers to recognize their teams, but it also provides ways for staff members to recognize each other.
Four options are given with each ‘Star’ and managers need to complete 2 activities by the deadline to receive credit and allowed to move on to the next star. Examples of star achievements include: rolling the program out to staff, recognizing an outstanding employee each quarter, participating in local community events, such as food drives and fundraisers, host a recipe contest for employees (cook off & recipe featured on TASTE menu), diversity and inclusion training as a teambuilding activity and a fiscal achievement.
Kristin excitedly stepped up to the challenge. She envisioned all the benefits associated with participation – more community involvement for TASTE, building a stronger connection with Bon Appetit and most importantly, more opportunities to let the TASTE staff’s accomplishments shine in a way that made everyone proud to be part of the team.
According to Kristin, “I didn’t think we would actually be considered.” But not only was TASTE considered, but on behalf of Bon Appetit, she was awarded with the Pacific Northwest Region Account of the Year!
The Compass Night of Stars had all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood produced awards show and Kristin loved every minute of it, but says, “Being there with people who were so conscientious, committed and excited about who they worked for, was awe inspiring. It made me even more proud to be a part of the Bon Appetit team.”
We, the staff at TASTE couldn’t be more proud of you, Kristin! Thank you for your leadership, encouragement…and just being you! Super Star!
~ Joice B.