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Local Domino’s CEO gets honor

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Brian Bailey of Roswell, second from left, chief executive officer of Domino's Team Bailey, has received the 2017 Restaurateur of the Year Award from the New Mexico Restaurant Association. Bailey's operations, based in Roswell, include 54 locations in New Mexico and Colorado. From left are Mark Vigil, chairman of the New Mexico Restaurant Association; Laura Leal of Leal's Mexican Restaurant in Clovis, the 2016 recipient; and Fernando Olea, past chairman of the Restaurant Association. (Submitted Photo)

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Brian Bailey of Domino’s Team Bailey based in Roswell has been named 2017 Restaurateur of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

Domino’s Team Bailey has 54 locations in New Mexico and Colorado, and gives back to the community through pizza donations, monetary donations to numerous organizations and causes, and volunteer efforts, according to a release from the trade association. Bailey started with Domino’s as a delivery boy in 1985 and became an owner in 1988. He and his wife live in Roswell. They have 11 children.

He received the recognition at the Sept. 11 annual Hospitality Industry Awards dinner at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. More than 400 people attended the event.

Other honorees were Marc Quinones of Hotel Andaluz, named Chef of the Year; Andy Twomey of the Black Mesa Coffee Co., honored as Manager of the Year; Larry and Dorothy Rainosek from Frontier Restaurant and Golden Price, recipients of the Restaurant Neighbor Award for their contributions to the community; and Genevieve Wertz from Deming High School, the 2017 ProStart Teacher of the Year.

Three schools also received recognition for their ProStart programs, which teach culinary, management and hospitality education.

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Recipients of Hospitality Industry Education Foundation scholarships were also recognized at the dinner. HIEF awarded $14,000 in scholarships to nine students pursuing a career in hospitality this year.

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