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.

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.

Norb Mayrhofer

P&G Professional

IF Makers Series

Service is where Norb got his start in the industry-first as a dishwasher then a short order cook. Today, the traits he learned early like accuracy, speed and people skills are what drive his success in enabling P&G's global expansion in foodservice. Get to know him.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 29 years with Coca-Cola reinforcing the brand's mission to refresh the world and inspire moments of optimism. Ben also views the future of foodservice with an optimistic lens, recognizing the industry's importance for U.S. employment and career growth. 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.

2014 CPP Research to Explore Why Consumers Dine Away-from-Home

The Consumer Planning Program is guided by IFMA members who join the Consumer Planning Program Committee. These professionals work directly with IFMA and Datassential to drive studies that are most relevant to the industry, as well as individual committee members themselves. The end result is a series of critical and current data you need right now to develop meaningful insights.

Illustrated For You at Presidents Conference 2014

Graphic Recording is the translation of conversations and presentations into images and text during meetings and events.

At Presidents Conference 2014, we captured the key takeaways from Monday and Tuesday morning's general session.

Educational Foundation Raises $220,000 for Students in 2014

Committed to giving support to qualified culinary, marketing or food science students, the IFMA Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. See how much the Foundation raised in 2014 for foodservice students to help support their success in foodservice.

28 Occasion Series: #20 Festive

Do you know your foodservice occasions? Through the Consumer Planning Program (CPP), IFMA and Datassential have defined the 28  occasions that motivate consumer choice away-from-home; these  occasions are the "why" behind the "what".  Occasions impact both where people choose...

Jamie Carawan from OTB enlightens SMB Community

Every month, IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. In November, Jamie Carawan, Senior Director of Culinary and Innovation at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina spoke to us about his business.

Collaboration Techniques for Menu Changes, Product Improvements and Reacting to Today’s Demanding Guests

No activity is more mission critical for restaurant operators than menu development. Poor attempts at menu development won't always mean the demise of a concept, and successful menus won't ensure business success, but the quality of menu development definitely affects a restaurant's success. 

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Chain Operators Exchange (COEX)

The Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

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