Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant – Richard P. Ayers Distinguished Service Award

October 12, 2018

In honor of the late Dick Ayers, the Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service is the Colorado Restaurant Association’s highest achievement award. After a long career in foodservice, Dick decided to specialize in restaurant real-estate, and he became a legend for his ability to determine an appropriate sales price for restaurants. In 2007, Dick passed away, but this award is part of his legacy of service to the Colorado Restaurant Association. The Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service is given to those individuals who have contributed and served the Colorado Restaurant Association and our industry far above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Steve Kanatzar has been a longtime supporter of the hospitality industry and has been involved with the CRA for many years. He served as CRA 2016-17 Chairman of the Board and has served on the Pikes Peak Chapter Board since 2005 and the Executive Committee since 2011. He has worked diligently to help the CRA and hospitality industry battle through some tough economic and political times. He is passionate about ProStart and is always amazed with ProStart’s positive impact on students.

As stated by Paul Aylmer, the 2017 DSA recipient:

Steve is the epitome of hard work and dedication.  Beside starting the Airplane Restaurant in 2001, Steve served for years on the CO Springs Chapter Board and the CRA Board before becoming a member the CRA Executive Committee and eventually its Chairman.  The Executive Committee meets once a month in Denver and Steve, to the best of my recollection, never missed a meeting, despite the sometimes brutal commute.

 

Steve has an undying passion for this industry and a goal to assure that the policies our lawmakers create for our state will keep our industry competitive and thriving.  He is determined to make our industry a good place to work in.

 

But most importantly and above all else, Steve is a kind man, an honest man, a man of high morals and integrity, a selfless man who doesn’t hesitate to give back to his community, a loyal friend, husband and father and a man we all respect tremendously.  I call him the voice of reason.

 

Congratulations Steve and thank you for your endless commitment and dedication to the CRA.  Indeed, you are well deserving of this award.

Steve worked for Specialty Restaurants, Sea Galley, and Red Robin before branching out into owning his own restaurant. He was able to establish a series of successful restaurants over the course of 35 years. Steve’s current concept, The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs, has been an icon in El Paso County since 2002. That is when he was able to combine his experience of running restaurants with his love of aviation. His interest in cooking began while earning his degree in Chemistry at CSU. “My two housemates were food chemists so we were always experimenting with food and drink. Flying planes runs in my family so an aviation themed restaurant was a perfect fit.” Steve currently serves on the Boards of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and the El Paso County Health Department, Food Safety Advisory Committee.

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Thom Parker – Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame

October 12, 2018

The Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to honor those individuals who have served as an inspiration and example through their service and contributions to the industry.

 

Thom has had a distinguished career in the foodservice industry, most notably with Dean Foods, Robinson and Meadow Gold Dairies. He has been actively involved in the Colorado Restaurant Association in Government Affairs Issues and has served in leadership roles on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has been a supporter of the industry as a sponsor, and a strong contributor in numerous events and activities.

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Rob Haimson – Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame

October 12, 2018

The Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to honor those individuals who have served as an inspiration and example through their service and contributions to the industry.

Rob Haimson has spent his career owning and operating restaurants such as Potato Brumbaugh’s, the Neighborhood Grill and Roadkill Sports Grill in Greeley. He has made significant contributions to the industry through restaurant ownership, teaching, and a long history of involvement in leadership roles with both the Colorado and National Restaurant Associations – and at the local level.

 

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Joan Brewster – Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame

October 12, 2018

The Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to honor those individuals who have served as an inspiration and example through their service and contributions to the industry.


Joan Brewster leads the largest and most active chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Joan has served as Executive Director at the ACF Colorado Chef’s Association for more than 25 years. Prior to that she served as Development Director at the Colorado Restaurant Association. Joan has worked tirelessly throughout her career to support chefs, cooks, food purveyors and students in Colorado and to raise the level of culinary professionalism through education, professional interaction and networking.

 

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Vilis Berzins – Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame

October 12, 2018

The Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to honor those individuals who have served as an inspiration and example through their service and contributions to the industry.

Vilis began his restaurant design career with United Fixture Company in Montgomery, Alabama in 1963, returning to Colorado in 1969 to begin working independently under his own name. While he has done work in many states across the country over the last 55 years, he has been most prolific in Colorado and the Denver Metro area, where he has been instrumental in planning more than 1,000 restaurants, nightclubs and bars, several of which won awards for design excellence and historic preservation.

 

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Jill & Larry DiPasquale – Noel & Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award

October 12, 2018

This award is one of our most prestigious awards and is named for Noel and Tammy Cunningham due to their dedication to serving their community through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership, and philanthropy in a significant way. Tammy Cunningham was at the ceremony to present the award.

Epicurean Culinary Group, was a small, family owned business and which turned it into a leading food service company. Both Larry and Jill DiPasquale hold a passion for the philanthropic arm of the company: Epicurean Cares. Giving back to society by not only feeding and providing hospitality to those less fortunate, but also engaging the community with respect, dignity, and care. Years ago Noel Cunningham presented a challenge to Larry, to be a “leader of the next generation of food service professionals that give back and have an impact on the community”. Larry and Jill have embraced the adage of when much is given, much will be required and championed this through philanthropic efforts.


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October 2, 2018

Identifying Unsafe Lifting at Your Worksite

In past issues, we’ve shared tips on safe lifting. But how can you identify which tasks are unsafe at your workplace? And are there resources that can help make your organization’s employees more mindful of these lifting hazards?

 

Identifying unsafe lifting tasks
Step one is to identify which tasks are causing injuries. Step two is to investigate why these injuries are occurring.

Review records for trends — Review your workers’ compensation claims for at least the past three years to identify injuries caused by manual material handling. Scour past near-miss worker reports or complaints, or conduct a symptoms survey so workers can identify ongoing musculoskeletal discomfort related to specific tasks. Request guidance from your Pinnacol safety consultant, too.

Observe work activities — Conduct regular walkabouts to observe employees’ behavior and use of equipment. Here are some things to watch for: lifting while bending and reaching with the arms fully extended; lifting while bending and twisting; repetitive lifting from the floor or above shoulder height; lifting large or unwieldy objects; and workers who appear fatigued, perspire heavily or rush to keep pace with lifting requirements (e.g., loading a pallet with materials from a conveyor line).

Use assessment tools — A checklist or assessment tool documents what you’re observing and helps identify the most critical risk factors for injury; therefore, it supports thorough follow-up to eliminate lifting hazards or take other corrective actions. Be aware, though, that generic checklists may not uncover all lifting hazards, and you may need to tailor a checklist to your specific workplace.

Most important, talk to your workers — Get their thoughts on safe-lifting challenges they experience. What works, in their opinion? What doesn’t? Can they suggest alternatives to manual handling (e.g., tools or equipment)?

 

Pinnacol and other resources for worker awareness
For lifting procedures and a worksite poster, visit the lifting and ergonomics webpage at Pinnacol.com. Also available from Pinnacol’s website are two simple checklists for manual material handling inspection and pushing/pulling inspection. Additionally, Pinnacol’s site posts a publication that helps raise worker awareness: “Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling.”

Other helpful resources include OSHA’s ergonomics webpage and a calculator for analyzing lifting operations from Oregon OSHA, which can be used on mobile devices. An online tool from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation enables users to evaluate specific lifting tasks. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also has a mobile app that analyzes lifting tasks to determine recommended weight limits. And the Center for Construction Research and Training offers mobile apps that can help workers identify unsafe lifting conditions.

 

We invite you to contact Pinnacol’s Safety On Call at safetyoncall@pinnacol.com or 303.361.4700 or 888.501.4752. Our Safety Services team is available to help identify unsafe lifting hazards at your organization’s workplace.