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OMAHA HOSPITALITY hall of fame

2018 Hospitality Hall of Fame Honorees The Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame celebrated its 26th anniversary at the Induction Dinner on October 21, 2018. Five hospitality industry leaders were inducted this year, bringing the total to 133. The purpose of the event each year is to recognize achievement in the restaurant/food service industry among past and present restaurant owners, managers, chefs, event planners, culinarians, educators, purveyors and others who have significantly contributed to the industry. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for culinary and hospitality students. The Hall of Fame dinner is an annual event of the board of the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame presented by the Omaha Restaurant Association. The event is hosted by the Metropolitan Community College Institute for the Culinary Arts at the Fort Omaha Campus. 2018 HALL OF FAME HONOREES

The menu creation and food preparation were provided by the students, faculty and staff at the institute. Entertainment was provided by Tom Sena and Michael Pujado. Visit the event website at www.omahahospitalityhalloffame.com for more information.

Dwight Becker Dwight Becker began in the restaurant industry at King’s Food Host as a busboy and moved up quickly to dishwasher/carhop, thus setting his career in motion. After graduation he moved to Vail, Colorado, to become an assistant manager at Sonnenalp Hotel and again was quickly promoted to catering sales manager. A job change and a move to Denver led him to his serious study of wine and spirits. His first position in wine and spirits sales was at Paterno Imports and the rest, they might say, is history. Dwight has continuously outperformed sales goals during his tenures at Western Distributing of Colorado, Frito-Lay and Republic National Distributing Company. Dwight has served as a board member and executive board member with the Omaha Restaurant Association for the past 13 years. He received the Omaha Restaurant Association Purveyor of the Year in 2011. DWIGHT BECKER

Kim Brown During the early ‘80s one could have found young, hard-working college student Kim Brown at Lincoln Poultry. He was busy working his way up from warehouse worker in 1980 to VP in 1985. By early 2000 Kim was president of Lincoln Poultry and a short eight years later president of Lincoln Poultry Sysco. Today that same company is known as Lincoln Sysco, Inc. and Kim Brown remains at the helm as president. Kim has remained an active member of both the Nebraska Restaurant Association and the Omaha Restaurant Association for 25 years. He is a four-time inductee into the Sysco Corporation Wall of Fame. Kim has coached a Level III USA hockey team and has been a pilot for 25 years. He also finds time to serve on multiple boards and mentoring programs. KIM BROWN

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mmagazine • DeCemBeR 2018

metroMAGAZINE’s DECEMBER 2018 Issue  

metroMAGAZINE presents our DECEMBER 2018 issue online now! metroMAGAZINE is published quarterly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Linco...

metroMAGAZINE’s DECEMBER 2018 Issue  

metroMAGAZINE presents our DECEMBER 2018 issue online now! metroMAGAZINE is published quarterly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Linco...