Trinity College, Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree, 1982
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), Foodservice Operator of the Year, Silver Plate Award and Golden Plate Award, 1980 – Considered “The Academy Awards of Foodservice,” the Golden Plate and Silver Plate Awards are one of the industry’s most prestigious honors.
The Wall Street Transcript, Silver Award – Diversified Multi-Industry Companies, 1985
The Wall Street Transcript, Silver Award – Best CEO Survey, 1985
Recipient of the Officer of the Royal Order of the Crown, Brussels, Belgium, 1990 – Awarded for meritorious service to the Country of Belgium
Forbes Magazine, Top Business Speaker of the Year, 1990
Johnson & Wales University, Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Food Service Management, 1991
American Academy of Achievement, Captain of Achievement Award, 1991 – Founded in 1961 to honor high achievers and to inspire young people by introducing them to high-achieving individuals
Western International University, Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science, 1992
Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 1995 – Awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service; these are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history and values of their ancestry, exemplify the values of the American way of life and who are dedicated to creating a better world for all.