Mike Villano

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Mike Villano is no stranger to hard work. After getting his start in foodservice managing seafood restaurants in Manhattan, he learned quickly what types of challenges operators face on a daily basis. This foundational knowledge and his "no shortcuts" approach helps him ensure Basic American Foods' customers thrive in the restaurant business. Get to know him.

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. 

Richard Ferranti

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

"Why not?" is a simple question that has opened up a world of opportunity for Richard Ferranti. From establishing businesses in emerging markets like China, Brazil and India to leading the North American business for Rich Products, he's a foodservice guru with all the right stuff. Get to know him.

Kent Walrack

Lyons Magnus

IF Makers Series

Kent has a keen understanding of teamwork and loyalty after spending nearly 30 years working his way up through Lyons Magnus. He takes great pride in being part of a dedicated core management team and cultivating talent throughout the organization. Get to know him.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

Streamlining Restaurant Supply Chains

Manufacturers and operators alike have experienced challenges when working together trying to develop trusted partnerships. Operators often wonder how to best articulate their needs to manufacturers; manufacturers wonder how to best prove their worth to operators. How great would it be if manufacturers and operators were speaking the same language and were able to articulate their role in each other’s business?

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.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Jonte Scott

IFMA's Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in Hospitality Management.

Breakfast Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Consumers are blurring mealpart lines and traditional meal items. According to IFMA's latest Consumer Planning Program (CPP) research, 56% of consumers have eaten a breakfast item for lunch or dinner at home, and more than a third (36%) have done this away from home. 

Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

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.  

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