Kami Smith

Dawn Foods

IF Makers Series

Kami has a job many of us could only dream of: corporate pastry chef. Hard work through the years and finely honing her ability to juggle many tasks at once have delivered her sweet success at Dawn Foods Products. Reading her profile is like viewing an amazing dessert menu. Get to know her. 

Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. Get to know him.

Don Davis

Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Don Davis may have started his career as a soda machine delivery driver, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long. His knack for customer appreciation and creating long-term partnerships has since led him up the ranks in the foodservice industry, boosting him to leadership at Hillshire Brands. Get to know him.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick understands the value of making meaningful connections. Whether it is with foodservice leaders, fellow IFMA members or his customers, he relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships. Get to know him.

Elisa Giusti

Wholesome Harvest Baking

IF Makers Series

Elisa Giusti has a passion that echoes throughout her work. No challenge is too large. Simply tell her something can't be done, and she'll make it her mission to overcome. Pay attention to what she has to say, we'll be seeing much more from the likes of her. Get to know her.

Three Ways to Engage IFMA to Bring Optimal Member Value

Great foodservice companies encourage professionals of all levels to make important decisions that generate efficient and effective business operations every day. Each of these professionals need access to unique resources and connections required to make informed decisions—the same decisions that will ultimately dictate how well a company performs in the foodservice market place.  

Joint Business Planning Definition and Best Practices Process Addressed During Second Committee Meeting

IFMA's Joint Business Planning Committee continued with its progress in developing a Best Practice in the area of supplier/operator Joint Business Planning at its second of three meetings Aug. 20. The Committee ratified a refined definition of what JBP is and how it will impact the industry. Additionally, it advanced a Best Practice Process that will enable professionals to bring JBP to market on a scalable basis.

Exploring the Opportunity to Combat Brown Bagging

Six in 10 workplace lunches are brought from home, with money, health and convenience being the core motivators for brown bagging. All of these factors can be addressed through smarter, better targeted foodservice solutions. IFMA's latest Consumer Planning Program (CPP) research delves into how foodservice can win back some of these dollars.

Seventh Annual Educational Foundation Silent Auction

Presidents Conference is around the corner, which means the Seventh Annual IFMA Educational Foundation Silent Auction is also coming up. Find out how you can support the future leaders of foodservice.

What Does the Foodservice Industry Have in Common with Music Downloads and Taxicabs?

The foodservice industry is on the cusp of dramatic changes that will ultimately transform how business operations are conducted for decades to come. To be sure, planning for even the next 3-5 years is a particularly daunting task when everyone knows that powerful, but uncertain disruptive technologies and new business models are on the horizon. The foodservice industry is not the only one that has gone through this challenge, with some being completely unprepared for what the near future brought to them.  

Geopolitical Trends the Food Industry Cannot Afford to Ignore

In his presentation at Presidents Conference, to be held in Scottsdale, AZ this Nov. 1-4, Dr. George Friedman will explain how in the long view, history is seen as a series of events; however, the course of these events is determined by individuals and their actions. During the next five years, individual leaders will face significant transitions for their nations.

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