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Marquis Who's Who Honors Gena B. Westergaard for Expertise in Entrepreneurship and Consulting

Gena B. Westergaard is honored for excellence in the hospitality industry

Her excellence in the restaurant industry has been recognized through awards such as Restaurant of the Year and Best Steak House in the City for three consecutive years.

    CORNELIUS, OR, April 09, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Gena B. Westergaard has been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Ms. Westergaard is a distinguished figure in the restaurant industry, having served as a co-founder and managing partner of Sugar Fire Consulting LLC since 2023. Her journey in the hospitality sector is marked by a series of progressive leadership roles that have honed her expertise and leadership skills. Prior to her current venture, Ms. Westergaard was the director of training at Ascend Hospitality Group from 2020 to 2023, where she played a pivotal role in developing and implementing training programs across the organization. Before that appointment, she demonstrated her management prowess as the general manager of Stanford's Restaurant in Hillsboro, Oregon, from 2016 to 2020, following a 12-year tenure as the restaurant's manager beginning in 2004. Her earlier experiences include serving as assistant general manager at Red Robin from 1999 to 2001 and as general manager at Shari's Management Corporation from 1994 to 1999. Ms. Westergaard's commitment to her profession is further evidenced by her membership in the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Building upon her professional achievements, Ms. Westergaard's educational background includes college coursework underpinning her career success. She credits her success to the valuable mentorship she received and the strong relationships she has cultivated throughout her career. Her entry into the restaurant industry was inspired by her grandmother, who owned and operated restaurants and instilled in her the significance of training and operations. This foundational experience has been instrumental in shaping Ms. Westergaard's approach to running a consulting business that offers essential services to various companies within the restaurant industry.

Outside of her professional life, Ms. Westergaard is actively involved with veterans' foundations and has been a dedicated member of a book club for 15 years. She also engages in mentoring activities, sharing her knowledge with others in her field. Her excellence in the restaurant industry has been recognized through awards such as Restaurant of the Year and Best Steak House in the City for three consecutive years.

In addition to her career and community involvement, Ms. Westergaard enjoys personal interests such as reading, cars and watching NASCAR. Looking ahead, she aims to grow Sugar Fire Consulting LLC further. She is committed to extending her services to more companies that require executive-level leadership consulting and training but may not have the resources to afford it, thereby broadening her impact on the industry she knows so well.

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