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  • Recognizing Monique Trudnowski’s Commitment and Service to the Greater Tacoma Area of Washington State

    by Representative Derek Kilmer

    Posted on 2013-03-14

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    KILMER of washington in the house of representatives Thursday, March 14, 2013 Mr. KILMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor long-time businesswoman and community advocate Monique Trudnowski for her dedicated commitment and years of community service to the growth and prosperity of the Greater Tacoma area of Washington State.

    Today, Ms. Trudnowski is a partner and hospitality manager of the Adriatic Grill in Tacoma, Washington. Recently, Ms. Trudnowski won the National Restaurant Association's Faces of Diversity Award, which recognizes the diversity of the restaurant industry and the role it plays in helping individuals achieve professional and personal success. Three individuals, who through hard work and determination have realized their dreams, are selected each year as the national winners. Monique Trudnowski is one of this year's prestigious recipients.

    In 2010, Ms. Trudnowski was recognized as one of the top 40 Under 40 businesspersons in the South Puget Sound community. She has also gained local accolades as a passionate spokesperson for small business owners, and spoken extensively about the importance of bringing destination businesses to her community.

    Prior to joining the Adriatic Grill as a partner in 2007, Ms. Trudnowski excelled as a Lancome Regional Education Executive for Macy's stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. In this capacity she was responsible for the training of more than 250 Beauty Advisors in the regional area. Through hands on coaching, seminars, and presentations on both a regional and national scale, she was voted ``Executive of the Year.'' Mr. Speaker, if all this wasn't enough, it should be noted that every year on the anniversary of their opening in 2007, Ms. Trudnowski and her husband Chef Bill Trudnowski, hold a community party at their restaurant, giving the proceeds of event to the Chef Bill-Adriatic Grill Culinary Scholarship program the couple sponsors at local Clover Park Technical College. This is just one more way that Ms. Trudnowski and her husband give back to their community.

    As I close, I can say with confidence that our community is a better place thanks to the ongoing, selfless service of people like Monique Trudnowski. Her leadership in the local community through a vibrant small business has set her apart, and she has earned the appreciation of her colleagues and neighbors in the Greater Tacoma Region. I am pleased to recognize that leadership today in the United States Congress.


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