Kristin Bird

Sara Lee Foodservice - Division of Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Sara Lee Foodservice. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.

 

Ray Welch

ThirsTea Corp

IF Makers Series

From production line to President, Ray Welch has seen it all in foodservice. With his feet planted firmly in hard work and perseverance, he has become of the industry's most notable leaders. Get to know him.

Malcolm Simmonds

J.R. Simplot Company

IF Makers Series

Malcolm credits his success to getting out in the field and remaining customer-focused. One the best parts of his job is interacting with customers and finding out how they adapt in the ever-changing foodservice landscape. 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.

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.

Navy Foodservice Operators Thrive on New Product Awareness and Supplier Relationships

To be sure, working with the U.S. Navy presents its share of nuances both new and existing suppliers must always understand. But according to Steve Hammel, Navy Region Southwest Dining Services Program Manager, building and maintaining strong relationships with F & B teams will help the suppliers overcome these challenges, as well as, maintain business opportunities which will stand the test of time.

 

Silver Plate Winner Kat Cole Among 10 Inspiring Women in Restaurant Industry

2015 Silver Plate Winner Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands Inc., was included in a Medium.com post entitled "10 Stories of Inspiring Women from the Restaurant Industry You Need to Know." The story reports on the restaurant industry today and how it has more women in management and ownership positions than any other industry. Learn more about Ms. Cole and how to celebrate her induction into IFMA's class of 2015 Silver Plate Winners in Chicago on May 18. 

How Which Wich® is Benefitting from Operator/Manufacturer Collaboration Model (OCM)

Since it was founded in 2003, Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches has grown to 400 locations that are either open or in development in 38 states and eight countries. With this expansion came an ongoing need for Which Wich to determine ways to extract the best possible value from suppliers, with a goal of providing better products for consumers, as well as causing more profitable operations.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Chain Full Service

John Miller, CEO, Denny's Restaurants received the 2015 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods and The Coca-Cola Company. Find out what he had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. 

 

Suppliers and Operators Gain “Actionable” Value from COEX 2015

With a majority of attendees saying IFMA's 2015 Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) Conference was the best yet, several who participated in the show will now be looking to apply what they learned into everyday field use. View a series of videos covering highlights from this year's conference. Learn more about which best-practice initiatives covered at COEX are most applicable to your business.  

IFMA’S 2015 Silver Plate Winners Announced at COEX

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 3, 2015-The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), a trade association established in 1952 comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers, announced the winners of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards today. The winners were unveiled this morning by 2014 Gold Plate Honoree Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group during IFMA's annual Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) taking place in Las Vegas.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers.

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