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Sweeney, Simpson honored with AssociationTRENDS awards

Congratulations to Dawn Sweeney, our president and CEO, and Cicely Simpson, our executive vice president of government affairs and policy, for winning AssociationTRENDS’ 2017 Executive of the Year and Leading Association Lobbyist awards.

The two were honored at the organization’s 38th annual Salute to Association Excellence Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C.

Sweeney, who joined the National Restaurant Association in 2007, has led the charge on a wide range of policy issues, including menu labeling, health care, overtime and swipe fees. She also has overseen the creation of our new Restaurant Law Center, which offers legal advocacy and assistance to restaurants, their employees and guests. In addition, Sweeney has spearheaded the NRA’s efforts to provide services and products that promote the restaurant industry and help its businesses succeed.

Upon receiving her award, Sweeney thanked the NRA team for its work on behalf of the restaurant industry. “This award recognizes the tireless efforts of the entire team,” she said. “Every day, because of your devotion and hard work, I am inspired to be better, work harder and never, ever give up. Being able to work alongside such committed individuals — who share the devotion I have to the restaurant family — makes our success possible.”

Simpson, who joined the NRA team in 2015, was recognized for navigating numerous issues affecting all aspects of the restaurant industry. She and her team are responsible for advancing, protecting the industry while building its influence and impact at the same time.

Sweeney hailed Simpson as an invaluable leader, saying her policy efforts have helped guide the NRA to new heights.

The duo also was named to Nation’s Restaurant News’ Power List 2017.

Pictured, top: Dawn Sweeney; Above: Cicely Simpson

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