We are proud that so many diverse people with unique backgrounds, stories and experiences make up our Eurest family – including those who are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGBTQ+ community.
As a hospitality industry leader, we believe in preparing a table where everyone has a seat and feels they are accepted, valued and can be their true selves. That is why we are proud to celebrate Pride Month during the month of June as part of our Better Together Series and in support of our LGBTQ+ associates always.


Chef Manager Robert “Bob” Lamb has been a valued member of our Eurest family for over 17 years. Bob and his husband, Bruce Kerney (who is also a member of the Eurest team!), are both a testament to love, commitment, and the power of supportive relationships. Together for over 26 years and married in 2017, they have built a life surrounded by great friends in a town they love.

“I have been blessed in my life with having an amazing supportive family. My mom and my grandmother helped shape me into the man I am today, they taught me kindness, love, and understanding that all people are different.”

Bob and Bruce find strength in the support they receive from the people they meet every day. The warm embraces and acceptance they experience create a sense of solidarity that uplifts them. Their friends, family, and teams add immense richness and joy to their lives, reminding them of the power of a supportive community.

“When you are with your team it’s about embracing each other and being yourself. Pride comes in many colors and is what makes a great team. Everyone matters and one person can bring something different that makes your team stronger.”


Claudia Saldana-Rose is our Regional Chef for the Eastern Division, whose journey has been shaped by the strength and guidance of her mother. Today, Claudia stands proud of who she is, a testament to her mother’s teachings of self-acceptance and resilience.

To Claudia, Pride Month holds immense significance. It is a time for her to embrace her true self and celebrate the love she shares with her wife and their beautiful family. During this special month, Claudia and her wife immerse themselves in local festivals and events, cherishing the opportunity to connect with the LGBTQ+ community. They also take time use Pride Month as an opportunity to have heartfelt conversations with their children, teaching them about the beauty of having two mommies.

Claudia believes in leading by example, treating everyone with respect and kindness. Through her actions, she hopes to make a positive impact on her team and the broader community. She understands the importance of embracing differences, nurturing empathy, and supporting others, regardless of their lifestyle or opinions.

As Pride Month unfolds, Claudia wishes to share a powerful message with others: “Respect and support everyone.” By fostering an environment of inclusivity, acceptance, and compassion, we can collectively celebrate the beauty of diversity and create a more harmonious world.


Sr. Cook Madison Trout discovered a source of comfort and inspiration in the music and message from Lady Gaga. From the very beginning, Madison listened to and loved Lady Gaga’s music, but it was the release of the iconic song “Born This Way” that truly resonated with them. It served as a powerful affirmation that their feelings about themselves were valid, normal, and deserving of acceptance. Guided by Lady Gaga’s empowering lyrics, Madison learned to embrace their true identity and find comfort in being their authentic self.

The strength Madison draws upon comes from the unwavering support and reassurance of their friends and family. They are fortunate to have a network of loved ones who consistently remind them of their unconditional love and unwavering commitment. This support system serves as a pillar of strength, allowing Madison to navigate life with confidence and resilience.

Within their team, Madison experiences an extraordinary level of acceptance and love. Although challenging days may arise, the good ones are filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a genuine sense of belonging. Madison’s team is not just a group of coworkers; they have become a tight-knit family that embraces and supports each other wholeheartedly, fostering an inclusive and uplifting work environment.


“My message to others: Love whoever you love. Be kind. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and spread love. Hate and judgement gets you nowhere in life, and there’s no room for hate or judgement in this community. Only love ❤🧡💛💚💙💜”