SALT LAKE CITY, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kneaders Bakery & Café is pleased to announce that CEO James Worthington will be receiving the Rising Star award from The University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business. The David Eccles School of Business Hall of Fame recognizes individuals under the age of 40, who have distinguished themselves in their careers by modeling exemplary achievements for present and future students and are leaders in their communities. The award and announcement will take place at the school's Hall of Fame event on Tuesday, April 18th in the Scholarship Reception Room at 12 PM.
Worthington is the first to win the Rising Star award at The University of Utah. The award was created to highlight business individuals that have had an impact in their industries. After experiencing almost every position with the company, Worthington joined the corporate team as Director of Operations in 2007, before taking the position of CEO in 2013. Under his direction, the Utah-based brand has experienced 500 percent growth in restaurant locations with an expansion to 56 stores in 6 states.
"I am humbled to receive this award from my alma mater. This is where I found my passion for business and entrepreneurship. There are so many great people and community leaders that have graduated from the David Eccles School of Business. To be recognized among Utah's top business leaders is a high honor," said Worthington.
"We are so proud of James for representing our brand and our family with integrity. His dedication to Kneaders is unmatched and we look forward to the work he will continue to do for us in the future," said Gary Worthington, co-founder of Kneaders.
James Worthington earned his Master in Business Administration from the University of Utah after earning his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. Along with maintaining beneficial and positive relationships with the community, company vendors and valued partners, Worthington is also a dedicated husband to wife Amy and father to five sons. He enjoys spending quality time with family while enjoying the adventure of building his family's legacy with the brand he loves.
Kneaders is also proud to announce a $25,000 endowment to the David Eccles School of Business for the Kneaders Women in Business Scholarship in honor of the business achievements and spirit of entrepreneurship exemplified by Kneaders Co-Founder Colleen Worthington.
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe was recognized as an Inc. Magazine 5000 fastest-growing private company, has earned the No. 8 rating on "Restaurant Business" magazine's Future 50 list, and has received a No. 100 rating in the Technomic's 150 Fast-Casual Sales Growth list. Kneaders Bakery and Cafe continues to receive top honors and praises from customers and industry experts alike.
About Kneaders Bakery & Café
Founded by Gary and Colleen Worthington in 1997, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the company's first Kneaders location in Orem, Utah. The award-winning, fast-casual restaurant uses only the highest quality ingredients to create fresh European hearth breads, delicious sandwiches, mouthwatering pastries, hearty soups and refreshing salads, all made in-house each day. All Kneaders restaurants have a retail section and offer a variety of custom-made and themed gift baskets in addition to providing catering services. Kneaders Bakery & Café currently operates corporate-owned and franchised locations in six western states. For more information, visit kneaders.com.
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