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

Maple Leaf Bakery

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.

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. 

Connie Fuller

B&G Foods, Inc.

IF Makers Series

From her days prepping and serving family favorites at a Vermont ski resort cafeteria, Connie's love for food has fueled her career and keeps her inspired each day. She uses her passion to develop clear strategies that leverage today's food trends and create rewarding concepts for customers. 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.

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. 

Cinnabon President Kat Cole Leads Global Baking Powerhouse

Advertising Age reported that the Seattle-born bakery Cinnabon has grown into a global powerhouse with 1,200 retail locations driving more than $1 billion from retail product sales that include franchised locations, consumer packaged goods and foodservice-licensed products.

Read more about president Kat Cole's leadership and continued success strategy for the global baking powerhouse.

Bill Day Webinar Category Management: Q&A

Bill Day, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Sysco Corp., delivered a webinar on July 21 hosted by IFMA. The state of Category Management at Sysco and the industry was a key presentation point. After the webinar, viewers/listeners emailed several questions to Bill Day. View an overview of those questions and answers and receive more information on Category Management.  

 

Webinar: Kate Vitasek talks about Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships

The Small/Midsized Business (SMB) Committee holds monthly calls to work on and offer up opportunities for the SMB community. September's guest speaker will be Kate Vitasek.

Barbara Hiden Talks about ABA's Priority Issues

Barbara Hiden, Vice President of Federal Affairs for the American Beverage Association, the trade group that represents the nation's non-alcoholic beverage industry, will be our guest speaker on September 24, 2014.

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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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