JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The manager of a restaurant in Lumberton has won an award that recognizes the top performing McDonald’s restaurant managers globally.
Brandon Hardin, who manages the restaurant on Roberts Avenue, was one of 340 McDonald’s managers around the world — representing the top 1 percent of restaurant managers — to receive the Ray Kroc Award, which includes a cash prize and a trophy.
Hardin, who has been working for McDonald’s for 10 years, will be awarded his prize on April 18 at the Ray Kroc Awards Gala in Orlando. Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s president and CEO, and David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief people officer, will serve as gala hosts.
Hardin began his McDonald’s career at 17 years old as a crew member at the Pembroke store. He was transferred to the West Fifth Street McDonald’s in Lumberton and promoted to assistant manager. In 2012, Hardin was promoted to the general manager of the Fairmont McDonald’s, and then moved to the McDonald’s at 2680 Roberts Ave. in Lumberton. Both Fairmont and Pembroke McDonald’s locations have been awarded Outstanding Restaurant Awards from McDonald’s during his leadership. Hardin is an active contributor to the local community, participating in job fairs at The University of North Carolina-Pembroke and hosting community nights for local schools.
“Brandon Hardin was nominated for his unwavering commitment to his customers, crew and local community,” said Kenneth Rust, owner and operator of the Lumberton McDonald’s. “His passion for McDonald’s is extraordinary. We’re delighted that we are able to recognize Brandon in this way for his commitment to McDonald’s. We are so appreciative for all Brandon does and proud to have him as part of our McDonald’s family.”