OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The SONIC® Drive-In team from 9102 Highway 20 in Summertown, Tenn. took home the championship title and were awarded gold medals in SONIC’s annual premier competition training program, the DR PEPPER SONIC GAMES. The Summertown team competed against 11 other talented drive-in teams from across the country at the national finals, held during the 2019 SONIC National Convention in Austin, Texas. The winners were recognized on stage and celebrated by thousands of SONIC franchisees and executives.
“Through the past 25 years, DR PEPPER SONIC GAMES has developed into a highly competitive showcase of the commitment and passion of our drive-in teams nationwide,” said Kevin Knutson, senior director of operations services at SONIC Drive-In. “The Summertown team is an impressive group that delivered an exceptional performance through each task and training obstacle, exemplifying what it takes to be named the best SONIC Drive-In in the nation.”
As part of the DR PEPPER SONIC GAMES competition, drive-in team members were tested in the following specific areas:
- Food Safety
- Switchboard: Order Taking
- Fountain: Drink Preparation
- Ice Cream: Frozen Treat Preparation
- Dresser, Grill and Swamp: Food Preparation
- Carhop: Guest Service & Delivery
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“We are very proud of the hard work, professionalism and teamwork our team exhibited throughout this year’s competition and are excited that it has brought us the championship title,” said Justin Morton, managing partner at the Summertown SONIC Drive-In. “Each of our team members are invaluable to providing our Summertown guests with a pleasant and positive SONIC experience. We are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for our dedication to excellence as a team.”
SONIC also awarded silver and bronze medals to the drive-in teams from 7519 Mountain Grove Drive in Knoxville and 1865 N. Zaragosa Road in El Paso, respectively. In addition, SONIC recognized each of the top three team members in their respective roles with individual gold, silver and bronze medals for their outstanding performance in the competition.
“Since the training program’s inception in 1994, Dr Pepper has been a proud sponsor of SONIC’s unique performance improvement and training program that motivates drive-ins across the country,” said Blaine Wood, director of sales for Dr Pepper. “Today we are happy to celebrate the Summertown team for winning the championship title, as well as the silver and bronze winners and all the individual medalists, for their proven commitment to providing excellent guest service.”
SONIC, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States with more than 3,600 restaurants. SONIC is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit SONICDriveIn.com and InspireBrands.com.