WRA posthumously honors Michael Carr with Devere Jerry Burtenshaw Award

WRA posthumously honors Michael Carr with Devere Jerry Burtenshaw Award

The Washington Restaurant Association has recognized the 40-plus-year restaurant industry career of  Michael Carr, who passed away last fall.  Michael’s wife, Lisa, and daughters Lauren and Shannon were on hand to accept the The Devere Jerry Burtenshaw Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf. The Burtenshaw Award is the highest honor bestowed by the WRA. This award is presented annually to individuals who have made significant career achievements and are esteemed for their distinguished service to their industry, community and charitable organizations.

The award was presented April 30, during a WRA Board of Directors meeting, where half a dozen board members shared their thoughts and memories about Michael’s legacy within the restaurant industry. Michael was a past chair of the WRA’s Board of Directors and sat on numerous Association committees, including Retro, finance and CEO selection. He was heavily engaged in the WRA’s government affairs activity, offering strategic advice on issues ranging from tip credit to the Association’s Political Action Committee.

Michael Carr was senior vice president of administration for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, and enjoyed a remarkable career in the hospitality field for more than four decades. He was a longtime WRA member and board chairman, volunteering countless hours to the Association’s efforts and providing invaluable wisdom and guidance at every turn.

“Hundreds of people have and will continue to achieve great careers in the industry because of the teachings and mentoring of Michael Carr,” said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO. “Michael was a tireless worker on behalf of the health of the industry and will be missed in more ways than can be counted.”

Michael joined the Schwartz Brothers Restaurants team in 1995. He brought expertise to his department with his experience as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Cucina! Cucina!, Inc®. Michael’s previous employers included the Marriott Corporation, the Saga Corporation and American Restaurant Group, and 27 years with Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus Restaurants. Michael provided the Schwartz Brothers Restaurants team members with a working atmosphere that promoted fair and equitable treatment as well as individual and family benefit programs. Schwartz Brothers Restaurants comprises three Daniel’s Broilers, Chandler’s Crabhouse, Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar, Gretchen’s Shoebox Express, Schwartz Brothers Bakery in Seattle and Renton and Daniel’s Catering.

“Michael truly led by example in the way that he lived our company mission statement by treating everyone with honesty, courtesy and respect. I know that he touched many of our team members’ lives and will be greatly missed,” said Lindsey Schwartz, president/CEO of Schwartz Brothers Restaurants.

“He was vital in keeping the industry united on tough issues, and he always had compassion for everyone involved, from employees to small business owners to suppliers,” Anton said. “Michael’s contribution to the industry cannot be overstated, and his influence will remain for many years to come. This industry will continue to benefit from the leadership he demonstrated and the lessons he taught us along the way.”

 

(Photo, from left: WRA president and CEO, Anthony Anton; Lisa Carr; Shannon Carr; Lauren Carr; Schwartz Brothers president and CEO, Lindsey Schwartz; WRA Board Chair, Jim Rowe)

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