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.

Kathleen Schartner

Farmer Brothers Coffee

IF Makers Series

When asked how she keeps up with industry news and events, Kathleen noted, "dining out" in her response. It's precisely that simple, insightful, tuned-in mindset that makes Kathleen stand out in foodservice. Get to know her.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Distributor Awards Deadline: August 14

Do you work with a distributor who exudes excellence and is a prime example for others in the industry? If so, show a distributor your appreciation by nominating them for one of IFMA's Distributor Awards, presented at IFMA/NRA/IFDA Presidents Conference.

Leading Foodservice Operator and Manufacturer Committee Members Begin Industrywide Joint Business Planning Initiative

A committee of leading foodservice operators and manufacturers launched a foodservice Joint Business Planning (JBP) initiative in north Suburban Chicago June 25. This was the first of three meetings to take place this year and officially began the creation process for Phase II of IFMA’s Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM) —an industrywide initiative that is being created in conjunction with management consulting firm The Partnering Group (TPG). 

House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. A bill passed by the U.S. House today would alleviate food manufacturers’ burden of complying with differing state GMO labeling laws. However, the bill also would lead to an FDA-mandated definition of “natural,” among other provisions.

Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Hunter Yamashiro

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

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum to Feature Newest Insights and Best Practices in Planning and Execution

True collaboration between professionals from both marketing and sales leads to powerful benefits for foodservice companies. One of them includes the creation of best practices in planning and execution, which is also the core theme of IFMA’s 2015 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF). This year’s forum will take place at Anheuser-Busch’s NA Headquarters in St. Louis Aug. 4-5. 

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Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum provides marketing and sales professionals the insights and best practices they need to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for tactical Go-to-Market execution.  

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