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MCCS Employee Honored with IMCEA Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award

Release Date: 8/10/2011

HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA –  Naile Brennan, catering manager for the Club at Koa Malina, MCB Hawaii is the Marine Corps recipient of the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award. 
The award is designed to recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the military MWR profession. Each year the IMCEA honors MWR professionals who have distinguished themselves among their peers through leadership and excellence in the conduct of military MWR operations. This year the awards were presented in late July at the annual IMCEA Awards Reception in San Antonio, TX.
The Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award recognizes one MWR professional from each of the five branches of the Armed Forces who has been in an MWR management position for less than two years, displays exceptional management and leadership skills, and possesses great potential for continued success in military MWR. Since assuming her position as the Catering Manager for MCB Hawaii in 2009, Brennan has proven to be a highly valued and respected Manager by her peers, patrons, and Command.  As the base catering manager, she is responsible for the catering sales at four clubs with banquet room square footage of over 30,000. Overall, despite decreases in two key market segments, catering sales increased 15% from 2009 to 2010. 
Amongst her long list of accomplishments, Brennan coordinated the catering for a 21 day, 3 meals daily event for 150 multinational attendees on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Po-ha-ku-lo-a Training Center. This event required precision planning to include flying the staff to another island, housing them for 21 days in dorm facilities and shipping over food and other supplies to this very remote training location. Taking over a former mess hall Brennan went to work and set up the facilities and stayed for two weeks to assure the client, patrons and staff were well served.  This event alone produced revenues well in excess of $200,000 for the Club at Koa Malina.
Ric Pomeroy, Branch Head for Food & Hospitality with MCCS Headquarters said it best when he commented “Brennan is a true professional and a shining example of what a positive attitude and a can-do spirit can accomplish.”
                For more information about the awards program contact IMCEA at (512) 814-6232 or on the web at

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