It's difficult to sufficiently honor those who give unselfishly to others; however, naming a scholarship after a very giving couple is appropriate.
The Roy and Monica Getz Scholarship will be awarded annually to students who have successfully graduated from Ohio ProStart’s two year culinary program and wish to continue their education in a foodservice industry related career beginning in 2017.
Roy is Immediate Past Chairman of the Ohio Restaurant Association and Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. He served as Chairman from 2014-2016,
Getz’s journey into the industry started in the unglamorous role of busboy at Bob Evans so he could earn money to attend college. Little did he know that this would be the start of a long and very rewarding career.
Serving in various capacities with increasing responsibilities, he quickly rose through the restaurant ranks at Bob Evans. Although after spending 18 years with the same company, he was lured away for a chance to repair a national legacy brand at Denny’s. Longing to return to Ohio, Getz accepted the Chief Marketing position when approached by Damon’s.
His strong entrepreneurial spirit then led him to a new start-up venture which presented an opportunity just too good to resist. Getz, along with his business partners, introduced the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers concept to the Ohio restaurant market. Then fate presented a tempting offer to return full circle to the place responsible for launching his career, and Getz enthusiastically accepted the role of Vice President/Head Coach for Bob Evans.
One of Getz’s greatest strengths is instilling in people that they truly make a difference. His definition of success is if others around him succeed by reaching operational excellence and achieving results beyond their potential. Getz’s accomplishments are many but one that continually created successful recipes repeatedly for him over the years included building successful teams that produce exceptional results as well as serve as an inspiration to others.
In addition to successfully inspiring others’ career, he welcomed the opportunity to give back to the industry. He eagerly jumped at the chance to join the ORA/EF Board of Directors in 2011 and served in various leadership roles and recently completed his two-year term as Chairman of the Board in July of 2016.
His passion for the industry continued to grow and became stronger as he dedicated himself to mentoring industries’ future leaders for success. All the time, with his wife, Monica by his side. Her engaging personality, smile and warmth is contagious to those around her. Her passion is people as she spends time volunteering focusing on the needs of others. Both cherish their time spent with family and friends.