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MCCS Manager Honored with IMCEA Roy C. Olson Memorial Award
Release Date: 8/10/2011
HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA – Don Figueira, Food & Beverage General Manager for MCB Hawaii is the recipient of the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Roy C. Olson Memorial Award.
Prompted by the death of Roy Olson in 1988, the IMCEA Board of Directors developed The Roy C. Olson Memorial Award to recognize the MWR/Services professional who best exemplifies the high quality of standards of leadership and skill in MWR/Services management set by Roy Olson while serving in the Marine Corps and as a Navy Club Manager. Awardees are chosen for their outstanding contributions to military MWR/Services, as demonstrated by their leadership, professionalism, dedication, innovation, and caring. This year the awards were presented in late July at the annual IMCEA Awards Reception in San Antonio, TX.
Figueira assumed his first position with Military Clubs as the Officers’ Club Manager at MCB Hawaii in December 2003. Over the last 8 years, he established himself as a dynamic, creative and dedicated civilian Marine proud to serve the Marines and Sailors of MCB Hawaii. Figueira’s plan was to improve the Officers’ Club, his vision was to create a club that drew on the strong tradition of Marine Corps clubs, and his goal was a club that Marines and Sailors on base could call home and experience the camaraderie that bonds them together. Figueira consolidated the SNCO Club with the Officers’ Club to create The Club at Koa Malina Complex.
Thanks to his tireless work over the past several years, the Officer’s Club at Kaneohe Bay has established itself as the “Best Restaurant on the Windward side” of the island. This is attributed to the progressive menu reflecting Hawaii’s multi-national culture, great service by a team of employees and one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. Under his guidance and leadership, The Officers Club at Kaneohe Bay has thrived and grown. Membership, programs, employee morale, food quality, patronage and sales have all increased. Financially, the club sales have grown more than $675,000 from 2003 to 2010; an increase of 71%. Under Figueira’s leadership, the club has earned three Food and Hospitality Excellence Awards. These awards recognize the Manager and Staff of the Club as having gone beyond the values, principles and core competencies of the MCCS organization.
Despite his extremely busy schedule, Figueira believes in giving back to the local community. He coordinated with a local High School to train special needs students at the club. The students obtain real world skills and over fifteen students have graduated from the program. Many have pursued work in the food service industry. In addition, Figueira spends countless hours volunteering for base-wide events such as Bayfest, fitness races, USO, Earth Day Celebration and other MCCS events.
According to John Nishida, Food and Hospitality Director for MCB Hawaii, “ Don is a true club professional in all aspects of the word. He serves as an example to all on his base with his integrity, drive, caring and enthusiasm. He has an unrelenting passion for preserving the military club system just as Roy C. Olson did”.
For more information about the awards program contact IMCEA at (512) 814-6232 or on the web at www.imcea.org.
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