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.

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.

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.

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.

Operators on Driving Supply Chain Efficiency

The foodservice supply chain matured over the past decade, with increased use of technology, more data, and improved collaboration. We asked operators to weigh in on how this has effected them.

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.

28 Occasion Series: #12 Hanging with Friends

The Consumer Planning Program (CPP) committee was formed, in partnership with Datassential, to delve deeper into the consumer mindset and find out: why consumers pick a foodservice venue, how those decisions are made and what manufacturers (and operators) can do to influence those decisions. 

We discovered something big . .

August: Welcome IFMA's newest members!

Each month we highlight the newest companies that make up IFMA's diverse membership community. Read on to learn about their backgrounds and specialties.

2015 Board of Directors: Nominate by Sept. 19

Participation is critical to success and your active role in recommending new members to the IFMA Board of Directors guarantees quality leadership. Every year at this time, we seek nominees for the IFMA Board of Directors. Submit your nominations by Sept. 19, 2014.

Insights on Leading a High-Performance Organization from Don Fox

Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, discussed how to build a high-performing restaurant business. Continual growth is  imperative. There are key principles to be followed, including  branding, culture, mission and values. Implementing these principles requires a clear understanding throughout  the organization of what they are and why they are important.

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Presidents Conference

Presidents Conference is the place "Where Leaders Meet." IFMA and IFDA come together to co-host this premier, top-to-top forum for senior-level operators, distributors and manufacturers.

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