Manager of the Year

Louise Sublette
Manager_of_the_YRThe Manager of the Year award, in honor of Louise Sublette recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

Who can be nominated?

The nominee must be:

  • Currently an SNA member in the Foodservice/Nutrition Manager/Head Cook/Assistant Manager section
  • Currently holds a SNA certificate in school nutrition or the SNS credential
  • Assigned to one school OR to a central kitchen that serves multiple schools

For complete rules and restrictions, click here.

Are there any restrictions?

Yes, the nominee cannot be:

  • Employed as a supervisor on a system-wide basis
  • A current state or national SNA president
  • A previous national winner of the Manager of the Year award

Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be typed.

How do I submit a nomination?

Complete and submit the nomination form online by March 1 of each year. Alternatively, you may also choose to complete and submit the nomination form to the State President by March 1.* 

How will the entries be judged?

The nominee will be judged on four categories. Please note the weights of each category:

  • Cafeteria Environment (worth 30% of total score)
  • Management and Staff Development (worth 30% of total score)
  • SNA Involvement (worth 20% of total score)
  • School and Community Outreach (worth 20% of total score)

State Competition: Each year every state association may award one individual with the Employee of the Year award. State entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the State President to determine a state winner. State winners will automatically advance to the regional competition.

Regional Competition: Regional entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the Regional Director to determine a regional winner. Regional winners will automatically advance to the national competition.

National Competition: National entries will be judged by the Regional Directors to determine a national winner.

How will winners be recognized and rewarded?

Employee of the Year winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the below prizes:

Additional awards and recognition may be given to state winners by the state association. Please check with your state association for more information.

Who was Louise Sublette?

Louise SubletteThe Manager of the Year Award, in honor of Louise Sublette, is named after Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition during the mid-twentieth century. For over 40 years, Louise Sublette worked in many areas of foodservice and nutrition, including public schools, colleges, hospitals and elderly feeding programs. Her name is given to this prestigious award because throughout her life, Louise Sublette emphasized that the success of school nutrition depends upon those professionals who work in school nutrition programs. Louise Sublette was a Past President of SNA from Tennessee.



*For California SNA, nominations are due by July 1st of the previous year for all awards.
*For Florida SNA, nominations are due by February 1st each year.
*For Virginia SNA, nominations are due by February 1st in 2015.

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