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Owosso Michigan Culver’s Owner/Operator Receives National Award

Ross Fernandez honored with Newcomer Award

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—  February 12, 2020 – Ross Fernandez, who opened his first Culver’s restaurant in Owosso, MI., in October 2018, is the recipient of the restaurant chain’s 2019 Newcomer Award.

The award is presented annually to a new Culver’s franchisee who demonstrates a passion and commitment towards operational excellence, local restaurant marketing, community involvement and ongoing team development, while delivering consistent and exceptional guest experiences every day.

“The Culver family has always stressed that we are in the “people business” first, foremost and always,” said Tom Goldsmith, vice president of development at Culver’s, who announced Fernandez as the recipient at the Culver’s annual convention in Phoenix AZ last week. “Ross and his team live that people- first spirit and have immersed themselves into the local community."

“With such a positive community and team it is easy to thoroughly embody the Culvers culture,” says Fernandez. “We do genuinely care! We are grateful for every day in which we get to spread smiles and kindness!"

About Culver's:

For over 35 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers over 750 family-owned and operated restaurants in 25 states. The restaurants’ nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit,, or