Budd Gould, president and founder of Anthony’s Homeport, has been awarded the 2016 Full Service Operator of the Year by Washington Restaurant Association.

The award ceremony happened during the Association’s State of the Industry Meeting this morning, held at the Seattle Goodwill Job Training and Education Center. It recognizes “the best and the brightest for excellence, innovation and community service.”

According to an announcement, it was Budd’s “commitment and emphasis on philanthropy” which separated him from the competition.

“It’s always such an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Budd said. “I am proud to be part of the hospitality industry for more than 40 years. Most of our success is attributed to our fabulous team members.”

Anthony’s, based in Seattle, has locations in Des Moines, Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Olympia.