MSV Presidential Awards

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The President’s Award program is a result of MSV President, Michael C. Gibbons’ experience as the National Restaurant Association 2006 delegate to the Air Force Hennessy Award competition. This annual Air Force competition showcases the pride and cleanliness of the base kitchens. The MSV team took that format and created its own comprehensive evaluation program entitled, The President’s Award of Excellence.



Ciao! Ristorante – Toledo, OH

The 2013 The Mainstreet Ventures (MSV) Presidential Award of Excellence was awarded to Ciao! Ristorante in Sylvania, Ohio during an award ceremony held on January 27, 2014.  The award was accepted by Terry Kretz, General Manager of Ciao! and District Manager of the Toledo-market on behalf Ciao! Ristorante.

The MSV Presidential Award of Excellence is awarded to the MSV restaurant that received the highest marks during a rigorous inspection series conducted by the MSV executive team from July 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013.  The inspection series is a culmination of over 960 hours of inspections by the MSV executive team comprised of corporate staff, district managers and general managers. The 2013 inspection team traveled over 5,400 miles across 5 states in 9 cities, evaluating each MSV restaurant within a documented code of standards and excellence.

The Presidential Award of Excellence reflects the best of the best among the MSV family of restaurants. This coveted award identifies that Ciao! Ristorante in Sylvania, Ohio achieved the highest scores during the MSV inspection series in adherence to management standards for kitchen operations, serving and dining operations, training and personnel professionalism, safety and sanitation standards, and management of business operations.  In a back-to-back victory, this is Ciao!’s second Presidential Award of Excellence.

The Chop House – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ms. Carolyn Cucuro

Mainstreet Ventures (MSV) Annual President’s Awards program was recently held on January 27, 2014 showcasing the best of the best employees in the MSV family of restaurants.  Ms. Carolyn Cucuro

of The Chop House in Ann Arbor, Mich. was named the 2013 Overall Coin Winner.

This award is given to an employee of an MSV restaurant that received the highest marks during the rigorous inspection series conducted by the MSV management team.  Ms. Cucuro was selected as the Overall Coin Winner among the 16 MSV restaurants due to her exemplary professionalism and guest relations skills as well as her overall contribution to The Chop House team.




Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill – Ft. Myers, Fla.
Ms. Denise Mayhew

Carson’s American Bistro – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ms. Marissa Gallinger

Ciao! – Toledo, Ohio
Ms. Brenda Keefe

The Chop House – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ms. Carolyn Cucuro

The Chop House – Annapolis, Md.
Ms. Irene King

The Chop House – Charleston, WV
Ms. Tonya Edwards

The Chop House – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ms. Elizabeth Vogl

Gratzi – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mr. Tom Morrow

Palio – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mr. Avimael Flores

Real Seafood Company – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mr. Dexter Dakins

Real Seafood Company – Naples, Fla.
Mr. Mark Surprenant

Real Seafood Company – Toledo, Ohio
Ms. Emily Squire

Revolution Grille – Toledo, Ohio
Ms. Lindsay Magner

Tidewater Grill – Charleston, W. Va.
Ms. Kelley Jordan

Zia’s – Toledo, Ohio
Ms. Sarah Christ

Mainstreet Ventures Inc. (MSV) recognized the award winning restaurant employees, one from each full service MSV restaurant, during the company’s annual President’s Awards program held on January 27, 2014. Any restaurant employee can qualify as a Coin Winner, since every employee directly impacts the guest experience. However, the selected Coin Winner is a person that exemplifies the MSV standards of excellence, seeking to exceed expectations and deliver memorable dining experiences to guests. MSV restaurant Coin Winners are selected based upon their individual skill sets and overall contributions to their team while exhibiting a high level of skill, grace and professionalism, exemplifying the MSV standards of excellence. This program rewards employees found to be the best of the best in their respective MSV restaurant.

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