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Troy McDonald’s manager wins coveted Ray Kroc Award

Kristy Cook, manager of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Troy, Ill., has won a Ray Kroc Award, an accolade that recognizes the top performing McDonald’s Restaurant managers globally.

Cook was one of 365 McDonald’s managers honored from 60 markets, representing the top 1 percent of restaurant managers to receive the award, which includes a cash prize and a trophy.

Cook, who has been working for McDonald’s for 20 years, will be awarded her prize on April 22, 2020, at the Ray Kroc Awards Gala in Orlando, Fla., hosted by Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s president and chief executive officer, and David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief people officer.

“Being in the top 1 percent of one of the biggest restaurant chains in the world is crazy,” Cook said. “Troy, Ill., is my hometown, so I was excited to be brought in to improve the store and fix the issues. It feels good to now hear positive things about this store in the community. I am proud of the turn around the store has made and believe I have one of the best teams around. I made it a point to get to sit down with each crew member and get to know them personally. My key to success is treating everyone like family, not just an employee. I am looking forward to continuing my growth with McDonald’s. The possibilities are endless.”

McDonald’s independent franchisees and regional management nominate restaurant managers for the Ray Kroc Awards to recognize their hard work, dedication, and commitment to McDonald’s and its customers.

“We are incredibly proud that Kristy was recognized by McDonald’s with the Ray Kroc Award as one of the top general managers in the company,” Tracy Timmons, area supervisor for the Dave Embry organization: “We have long considered Kristy to be an invaluable asset in our organization. She is committed to delivering great customer service and hospitality to our guests. Kristy’s team follows her lead and strives to make guests happy on each and every visit. We look forward to another year of remarkable results from Kristy and her team in Troy.”

McDonald’s has more than 37,000 locations in 120 countries. Over 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


  1. Carrie Babington on January 6, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I frequently am in Troy, and every time I stop by the McDonalds there I always say to myself “what
    great friendly service”… I do not know anyone who works there, but it doesn’t matter whoever is at the drive up window is extremely friendly and service is fast.
    Congratulations, well deserved!

  2. Krystal Lampe on January 6, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    She is the best!

    She was my manager when I was a teenager working and still to this day was/is one of the best people I have worked for!!

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