ARAMARK Manager Honored as ‘Employer of the Year’ for Providing Opportunities to Individuals with Disabilities

Ed Cuza, Resident of Linden, Recognized by Abilities of NW Jersey

Philadelphia, PA, April 29, 2009 – ARAMARK’s Ed Cuza was recently honored with the “Employer of Year” award by the non-profit, Abilities of NW Jersey, Inc. for his involvement and commitment in providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.  To date, he has helped Abilities provide nearly 20 individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain marketable skills that help them go on and attain productive jobs. 

“I was really, truly surprised and humbled when Abilities notified me that I was going to receive this great award,” said Cuza, who is responsible for the foodservice operations at a Hackettstown, NJ manufacturer. “The first thing I told them, however, is that the recognition should go to our entire ARAMARK staff on site here. Everyone works as a team to cultivate a culture of opportunity for people with disabilities. The staff provided by Abilities is awesome and take great pride in the work they do for us.”

Abilities of NW Jersey provides vocational training to the disabled and disadvantaged population of Warren, Hunterdon and Morris counties. “Ed is extremely deserving of this recognition,” said Susan Zukoski, Abilities Director of Sales and Marketing, who organized the awards breakfast. “He goes above and beyond to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities and is very supportive of their success and growth after hiring them. Ed is the epitome of an employer with true character and that is why we choose him to receive this prestigious award.”

ARAMARK has a long history of commitment to diversity.  For the fourth-consecutive year, the Philadelphia-based global professional services company was named one of the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” by Black Enterprise magazine this year. In addition, ARAMARK has earned the distinction of “Corporate Champion” from the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance.

Prior to being promoted to the position of General Manager for ARAMARK at its Hackettstown location, Cuza served as the onsite senior foodservice director for the account since 2006. He has been with ARAMARK for more than 20 years, mainly in foodservice director capacities at several New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.

Laura Temple

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