Manager of the Year

Manager_of_the_YRThe Manager of the Year award, in honor of Louise Sublette recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

Who can be nominated?

The nominee must be:

  • Currently an SNA member in the Foodservice/Nutrition Manager/Head Cook/Assistant Manager section
  • Currently holds a SNA certificate in school nutrition or the SNS credential
  • Assigned to one school OR to a central kitchen that serves multiple schools
  • Currently acts as manager, head cook, or assistant manager and is assigned to one school OR to a central kitchen that serves multiple schools
       

    Are there any restrictions?

    Yes, the nominee cannot be:

    • Employed as a supervisor on a system-wide basis
    • A SNA member in the Employee or Director category
    • Hold a title or have job responsibilities that do not confirm the nominee’s status as a manager
    • A current state or national SNA president
    • A previous national winner of the Manager of the Year award

    Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be typed, and answers must not exceed the listed word counts.

    How do I submit a nomination?

    Nominations are now being accepted online for the 2016-17 awards via  this link. Nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2017*. You may use this nomination form document to prepare your responses. Winners will be announced in May 2017.

    How will the entries be judged?

    The nominee will be judged on four categories. Please note the weights of each category:

    • Cafeteria Environment (worth 30% of total score)
    • Management and Staff Development (worth 30% of total score)
    • SNA Involvement (worth 20% of total score)
    • School and Community Outreach (worth 20% of total score)

    State Judging: Each year every state association may award one individual with the Manager of the Year award. State entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the State President to determine a state winner. State winners submitted to SNA by March 15 will automatically advance to the regional judging.

    Regional Judging: State winning entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the Regional Director to determine a regional winner. Regional winners will automatically advance to the national judging.

    National Judging: Regional winning entries will be judged by the Regional Directors to determine a national winner.

    How will winners be recognized and rewarded?

    Manager of the Year winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the below prizes:

    • State winners will receive a certificate and ribbon.
    • Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate and $50.
    • National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to ANC, up to $1,000.

    Additional awards and recognition may be given to state winners by the state association. Please check with your state association for more information.

    *For Michigan: the deadline is September 1, 2016.
    *For California: the deadline is October 15, 2016.
    *For Alabama: the deadline is December 1, 2016.
    *For Pennsylvania: the deadline is February 1, 2017.
    *For Virginia: the deadline is February 1, 2017.

    Who was Louise Sublette?

    Louise Sublette

    The Manager of the Year Award, in honor of Louise Sublette, is named after Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition during the mid-twentieth century. For over 40 years, Louise Sublette worked in many areas of foodservice and nutrition, including public schools, colleges, hospitals and elderly feeding programs. Her name is given to this prestigious award because throughout her life, Louise Sublette emphasized that the success of school nutrition depends upon those professionals who work in school nutrition programs. Louise Sublette was a Past President of SNA from Tennessee.

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