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  • Chartwells School Dining Services Announces its “Be-A-star” Award Recipients

    RYE BROOK, NY (October 24, 2012) – Chartwells School Dining Services has announced the recipients of its annual Be-A-Star awards. The national Be-A-Star winners were recognized at the Compass Night of Stars Celebration that took place in Orlando, Florida on October 17-19, 2012 at the Hard Rock Hotel.

    The 2012 winners are:

    Susan Malesa
    Menasha Joint School District, Menasha, WI
    National Account of the Year - 1st Place Winner

    Amy Larson
    Forest Hills Public Schools, Ada, MI
    National Account of the Year - 2nd Place Winner

    Diane Tomori
    East Windsor School District, Hightstown, NJ
    National Account of the Year - 3rd Place Winner

    Shaun Robinson
    Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI National
    ABC Salaried Associate of the Year

    Be-A-Star awards are given to districts that exemplify business excellence in school foodservice and go above and beyond the call of duty. Over 550 Chartwells school districts compete for these titles every year and are evaluated from August – July on criteria such as community service, financial performance, customer and client satisfaction, wellness and diversity. "We are extremely proud of our 2012 Be-A-star award winners all of whom have shown tremendous dedication in serving their schools and communities," said Keith Cullinan, President, Chartwells School Dining Services. "The most important ingredient in building success are people. We pride ourselves in attracting and maintaining the best foodservice employees and we thank them for their ongoing hard work and commitment."

    Starting in 1997 as a method to build a foundation for growth and success, the Be-A-Star awards have been widely embraced throughout Chartwells to the point where they have become the company's primary recognition tool for promoting business excellence in school foodservice.

    About Chartwells School Dining Services Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining services for over 550 public school districts, serving 2.7 million students in over 6,000 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit


    Contact: Karen Dittrich, Chartwells School Dining Services, 914-935-5494,

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