The Rose Group Takes Top Awards from the 2023 Applebee’s Conference


Las Vegas, Nevada –The Rose Group was awarded once again this year for excellence in the Applebee’s system.

The Operator of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Lippincott for the sixth time in sixteen years, five out of the last nine! The first time she received this award was in 2007 and then again in 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021 and now in 2023 for her dedication to operations excellence in all areas. Her commitment to building and maintaining a successful team starts with her senior operations team led by Harry Karopoulos and Tom Lowe.  They consistently provide strong leadership and elevate others to achieve results.

The Above Restaurant Leadership Award Todd Cummings was recognized for his contribution to not just the Rose Group, but brand leadership for the new GIFT program.  He represents the top 1% of all Applebee’s above restaurant leaders in the country.  Todd’s commitment to operational excellence leads his team to consistently excel in a high volume, urban environment with often challenging conditions. He has a passion for developing his people, mentoring countless managers and team members in his 20+ year career.

General Manager of the Year went to Jackie Mokychic. As a managing partner for the last eight years and training general manager, Jackie oversees two restaurants and is one of the district bar council leaders.  Her talent for developing people has led her team to achieve a record 6 SPA Champions in a row and she recently received the Chairman’s Award from Harry Rose! Not only does her operator excellence stand out but she is a strong developer of team members and managers and is fully vested and dedicated to striving to be the best in all aspects of the business.

The Golden Apple Club included Bill Reed and Jackie Mokychic as recognized for being in the top 1% of all general managers in the country. This is the fourth time both individuals were recognized as being top leaders within the Applebee’s system.

Technology Partner of the Year Award was presented for the second time since 2018 recognizing our IT team for their leadership within the Applebee’s system and Bonnie Lippincott’s role on the Franchise Technology Council.  Congratulations Rob Fuller, Dave Corrigan, and Rob Acuna!! Our technology team worked tirelessly this past year testing the two finalists for the new POS system while testing various other technology projects for Applebee’s and supporting our Rose Group team.