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'Vallejo Hometown Advantage': Ray Kroc Award winner Alejandra Escobar

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Vallejoan Alejandra Escobar is the focus of the latest installment of our series: Vallejo Hometown Advantage.

Escobar, the general manager of McDonald’s in Vallejo, is the recipient of the 2013 Ray Kroc Award, an honor she shares with only one percent of the chain's employees (that equates to 142 out of 14,200+ managers company wide). She will be honored at a Chicago-based awards gala with a cash prize, a commemorative ring and a trophy.

A wife and mother of two, Escobar has worked at the Vallejo McDonald’s for the past five years, and has ten years of service with the company. Managing fifty-five employees and responsible for hiring, training, and the development of managers, she's got a lot on her plate. We were pleased when she recently consented to spend a few minutes of her time with us.

Examiner: Give us a sense of your job progression with McDonald's in Vallejo

Escobar: My first job at McDonald’s was as a regular cook, and then I worked my way up. After a month, my supervisor said that she thought I had the potential to become a supervisor or manager of a McDonald’s store. They then provided me with training. I took over my first restaurant after a year of training."

Examiner: What is your native language? And we were told that McDonald's help you learn English?

Escobar: Spanish. I began practicing with the McDonald’s crew when I first started. I’ve always received support from my supervisor and Owner/Operator. I learned to prepare documentation, write and speak from the people I worked with."

Examiner: What kind of management training did McDonald's give you?

Escobar: I went through leadership training. I was also trained on how to make plans for the store, drive more customers to my store, and how to develop and train my employees. I have helped train nine managers and I now have fifty-five employees. I also learned how to motivate my staff."

Examiner: We understand that Vallejo McDonalds supports various Vallejo-based organizations. Can you tell us more about this support?

Escobar: We do McTeachers nights at Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic School, and I try to attend and help out at fundraisers to represent McDonald’s. We also support the local fire department and police department."

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