Morgan McNeil, left, poses with John Betts, the president and CEO of McDonald's Canada, at the McDonald’s Franchisee Worldwide Convention. The large chart shows the Canadian kitchen team’s results, which McNeil was a part of. (Submitted photo)
Morgan McNeil has just cause to believe he is among the top McDonald’s employees in the country.
The Hantsport native has been given a few good reasons to say “I’m Lovin’ It” in his five years with the company.
A Greenwood-based manager, McNeil was one of three Nova Scotian McDonald’s employees selected to represent Canada at the fast food corporation’s worldwide franchisee convention in Orlando, Florida last month.
He was among a group of 70 Canadian crew members selected from a pool of more than 80,000 McDonald’s workers.
“I knew that McDonald’s has the worldwide convention every two years, but I never imagined that I’d be chosen to go,” the 23-year-old Kingston resident said in an interview.
In the Sunshine State, McNeil became a part of an award-winning kitchen assembled to serve about 1,500 people at the international meeting of owners, operations, employees and special guests.
“As part of the Canada kitchen team we ended up breaking a few records. We served 1,444 customers in an hour, which is normally what the Windsor store would do on a Tuesday,” McNeil explained.
Canadian employees competed against three teams from the United States and one group from Latin America. In the end, the McDonald’s Canada employees were deemed the fastest, most precise, kitchen at the conference.
“I came back with a completely different sense of pride of where I am in my career.” Morgan McNeil
The grand prize was priority seating at a Keith Urban concert.
“I was blown away,” McNeil said, noting that Kelly Clarkson and Seal shared the stage with the country music singer.
The entire McDonald’s entourage was treated to a night out at a closed Hard Rock Cafe and an exclusive tour of Universal Studios.
McNeil says the trip to Florida was an eye-opening experience that reminded him of the perks associated with working for a large corporation.
“I came back with a completely different sense of pride of where I am in my career,” he said.
“I don’t just work at McDonald’s; I’m a manager at McDonald’s.”
Shortly after his return from Florida on April 27, McNeil had a weeklong management training session to look forward to in Halifax. He says the worldwide conference affirmed that he is on the right path, and left him wondering what the future holds.
“It just makes me want to do better because I was part of the best kitchen team in the world and now I want to come back and make my store the best.”