The Distinguished Service Award recipient is chosen by the MRA’s Board of Directors. First awarded in 1994, the award is presented to recognize an individual or company for extraordinary contributions which have had a major impact on the restaurant and hospitality industry and the Missouri Restaurant Association. Due to the award’s prestigious nature, it is not necessarily presented every year. Only two individuals, Dick Walls and Todd Hulse, are recipients of the Distinguished Service Award and members of the MRA Hall of Fame.
Past Recipients Include: Robert Johnson - Former Missouri State Senator Dr. Jack Stringer - University of Missouri Hotel and Restaurant Management Program The Guyol Family - Ronnoco Coffee Company Herman Cain - Former President of the National Restaurant Association, Godfather’s Pizza Jack Ford - Ford Hotel Supply Marty Haake - Haake Insurance Companies Jack Accurso - American Foodservice Anheuser Busch, Inc. Tom Deer - A.J. Goss Distributor Dr. Cynthia Arendt - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Don & Orville Middendorf - PFS Middendorf Jerry Vincent - Johnson County Community College Dick Walls - Walls Restaurant Group Mike Shannon, Jr. - Anheuser-Busch Bob Hines - Osage Marketing Jerry Shackette - College of the Ozarks; Hard Work U Mike Burris - Aeris Jake Jolley - Ford Restaurant Supply Todd Hulse
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