Pizza Ranch Honors Jason Lechner, Jael Miller, and Phil Kuiken with Spirit Award


Pizza Ranch Honors Jason Lechner, Jael Miller, and Phil Kuiken with Spirit Award

Spirit Award

Orange City, IA – Pizza Ranch Inc. announced that Jason Lechner, Jael Miller, and Phil Kuiken employees of The Pizza Ranch Support Center have been awarded the prestigious Spirit Award at the company’s National Conference Awards Banquet held in Wisconsin Dells, WI on Tuesday, June 11th. This accolade celebrates their remarkable dedication to embodying the vision and mission of Pizza Ranch, and reflecting an extraordinary spirit of hospitality, service, and excellence.

Jason, Jael, and Phil are curators of Foundations, a 4-day workshop at The Pizza Ranch Support Center that speaks not just on operational excellence but teaching leadership with a heart-focus showing genuine care and intentionality for all those working and serving in our restaurants. “The work that they are doing is not only growing and bettering our restaurants, but furthering the Kingdom of God,” said Scott Schell, Chief Relations Officer of Pizza Ranch. “Pizza Ranch is a better company because of people that choose to be extraordinary every day. I’m proud of the huge impact they have made on the true meaning of Spirit of Pizza Ranch.”

The workshop helps new and seasoned managers become better leaders by learning several different hard skills and soft skills that will apply to their daily, weekly, and monthly work and life. In the process, the attendees learn from multiple subject-matter-experts and can network with members of the Pizza Ranch leadership team and department heads.

“The team works really hard and it’s a blessing to us when we can be of service to others,” said award winner, Jael Miller. “It’s just so wonderful knowing attendees are feeling that and it’s making an impact on people’s lives.”

The Foundations Team has consistently demonstrated exceptional commitment not only in their individual roles but also in fostering a welcoming and engaging atmosphere for Pizza Ranch franchisees and managers, building true relationships, and changing lives professionally and personally. “They gave me hope, confidence and encouragement that after 43 years finally broke the cycle for me and my children,” said McPherson, KS Pizza Ranch manager. “Because of their words and reflections, I accepted God in my heart, soul and life my last day of foundations!”

About Pizza Ranch

Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family, and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is one of the largest pizza chains in the Midwest with over 210 locations across 14 states in the U.S. The restaurant chain offers a unique “Buffet Your Way” concept that includes a wide selection of legendary pizzas, the Country’s Best Chicken®, fresh salads, sides, and desserts. Pizza Ranch also owns, operates and franchises FunZone Arcades, which combine everyone’s two favorite things – the brand’s legendary buffet and an entertainment destination with the latest interactive and high-energy games for both kids and adults.