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.

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. 

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.

Loren Kimura

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

Growing up in the restaurant business, Loren Kimura was destined for a career in foodservice. He jumpstarted his career working at Nestle and quickly learned the ropes by immersing himself in a variety of functional areas, including finance, operations and sales. The skills he learned early on have helped him get to where he is today at Basic American Foods. 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.

Cleveland Research Identifies Movement in Grocery Foodservice Trend

Given the accelerated shift to perimeter departments within grocery and convenience stores, retailers are allocating more space and resources to grow profits from foodservice sales.  The opportunities for manufacturers to secure growth in this channel are prospering, hear more  from Jason Whitmer, President of Cleveland Research Company at Presidents Conference in November.  

CSM Bakery Products Commits to Full Plate™ Category Management Training and Certification Program

In 2013, IFMA and The Partnering Group (TPG) launched its Full Plate™ process, developing a best practice framework in Category Management for the foodservice industry.   IFMA staff sat down with Marla Cushing, Director of Marketing at CSM, to discuss how the organization has implemented the Full Plate™ process and how Category Management Training and Certification has helped the organization. 

Sixth Annual Educational Foundation Silent Auction

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

2014 Distributor Award Winners Announced!

IFMA announced the winners of the 8th Annual Distributor Awards. The prestigious awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference on Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by IFMA and The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

"This year's Distributor Award recipients are among the best in the business and we are proud to honor them." Click to read more. 

Buffalo Wild Wings and CEO Sally Smith Score Big with Technology

Under CEO and President Sally Smith's leadership, Buffalo Wild Wings has grown from just 35 restaurants in 1994 to more than 1,000 franchised and corporate-owned locations today.

Hear Sally Smith speak live at Presidents Conference 2014   where she will address current trends affecting the foodservice industry. View more media coverage inside.  

A quick note about your IFMA membership

As the 2014 Chairman of IFMA, I am finding the year has progressed at lightning speed in an industry going through significant change. With the introduction of IFMA's 2020 Strategic Plan, we were ready to take on the industry challenges by focusing on the consumer and bringing growth back to foodservice. 

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