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Four Companies Chosen to Receive Brinker International's Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence


DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) recently recognized four vendor partners for their exceptional services and products by honoring them with the annual Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence. These companies were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 supplier partners whose contributions to Chili's(R) Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy(R) are integral to the success of Brinker's business operations.

The 2010 Brinker International Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence recipients include:

  • Highland Baking - a Chicago-based company that provides buns and other bread products;
  • HotSchedules - operating from Austin, Texas, HotSchedules supplies an online employee scheduling and record-keeping solution for Brinker's restaurants across the country;
  • Jace Custom Furniture & Cabinets - located in Aubrey, Texas, the company services cabinets and table top furniture; and
  • MindHandle - a Dallas-based organization that provides graphic design for Brinker's enterprise intranet portal and employment branding.

"Each company has extended outstanding service and hospitality to us, allowing Brinker to create a positive experience for our guests and team members," said Valerie Davisson, Chief PeopleWorks Officer for Brinker International. "Every day, the services provided by these supplier partners touch the heart of our company - the people."

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than one million guests daily. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises more than 1,500 restaurants in 29 countries and two territories, and employs more than 100,000. Brinker's wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili's(R) Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy(R). Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill(R). For more information, visit

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.