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Dawsonville McDonald’s Manager wins Ray Kroc award
Norma Gomez Ray Kroc award
Recently, Dawsonville McDonald’s Manager Norma Gomez was selected to win the Ray Kroc Award, a prestigious award given to the top managers from 60 markets around the world. (photo courtesy of John Heid)

Dawsonville McDonald’s General Manager Norma Gomez has recently been selected as the winner of the Ray Kroc Award, a prestigious award that recognizes the top performing restaurant managers around the world. 

According to a press release, the award is given to the top 345 McDonald’s restaurant managers, representing the top one percent of managers from 60 markets around the world, and includes a cash prize and a trophy. 

“I feel so happy that I won,” Gomez said in the release. “I feel like my hard work has paid off. It’s a great achievement that makes me feel accomplished. I love working at McDonald’s and I love my team. McDonald’s is a great company that has helped me achieve my goals. But I am most proud of my team and my people. I have always pushed myself to be the best, and my team believes in our team and our restaurant.”

According to the release, Gomez first started as a McDonald’s crew member 18 years ago and has been a store manager for six years. She currently manages the Dawsonville McDonald’s, located at 50 Georgia 400, which is owned and operated by Keith, Drew and Luke Muller. Gomez has spent her whole McDonald’s career with the Muller family, which owns and operates 26 restaurants throughout the metro Atlanta area. 

“Norma actually trained me at McDonald’s,” Luke Muller said in the release. “I was a high school student, and she was kitchen manager. She showed me how to cook hamburgers. She has always been a success at McDonald’s. Her progression with our company has been terrific to see. We always have the highest thoughts about her and her progression.”

Restaurant managers are nominated for the Ray Kroc Awards by McDonald's independent franchisees and regional management, in order to recognize their hard work, dedication and commitment to McDonald's and its customers.

“She is a terrific person and manager,” Linda DeLong, part of the Muller’s restaurant group management team, said in the release. “Our restaurant here is like a family. Norma is a huge reason for that. This is a well-deserved honor. She always strives to be the best.”

According to the release, one of Gomez’s passions is finding outgoing and hardworking crew members for the restaurant. 

“I have always pushed myself at McDonald’s and I want to help others grow,” Gomez said in the release. “I started at McDonald’s as a 17-year-old so I can relate to them. I am so proud of what they do on a daily basis.”

While at work, her goal is to always put the customer first.

“Our great customers keep me going,” Gomez said in the release. “We have a lot of repeat customers. The team and I love the challenge of always being busy but keeping them first no matter what.”

Outside of work, Gomez and the Dawsonville McDonald’s are involved in community support, including local schools.

“I want to thank the Muller family and Linda DeLong for believing in me,” Gomez said in the release. “I always strive to do my best and help my team succeed. I want to help them get better each and every day. I am always proud to help the community, especially my Hispanic community, and provide an opportunity for young people to work at McDonald’s and grow and learn.”