Roanoke Restaurant Manager Receives National Recognition

Shannon Swicegood
Shannon Swicegood

Shannon Swicegood, general manager of the Red Lobster in Roanoke, has been presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor – the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company’s first chairman and CEO.

Now in its 16th year, the award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding leadership by living the company’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality and teamwork while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year.

 “Shannon is dedicated to working with her team to deliver great-tasting, freshly prepared seafood with genuine caring and hospitality,” said Salli Setta, president of Red Lobster. “She is an exceptional leader who values every team member’s contribution, is committed to the Roanoke community and ensures Red Lobster guests are delighted each and every day.”

This year, Swicegood joins an elite group of 34 General Managers selected from the more than 700 Red Lobster restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor.  She was quick to praise her excellent restaurant team as one of the keys to her success.

“I am honored to be recognized with a Diamond Club Award and attribute this success to my hardworking and supportive restaurant team,” said Swicegood.