Open to commercial and non-commercial operators.

The National Restaurant Association is calling for nominations from individuals and organizations for its inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. The award is open to both commercial and non-commercial operators.

Selected by an independent panel of judges, the winners will be recognized as leaders who transform the industry with their extraordinary creativity and commitment. The winners will be announced during the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show held May 5-8 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

Commercial and non-commercial operators may self-nominate. Manufacturers, dealers and distributors, media and other restaurant and foodservice industry professionals are also invited to also submit nominations for operators at by March 7, 2012.