Steve Hammel

U.S. Navy Regional Southwest

IF Makers Series

Steve Hammel directs U.S. Navy operations of 40 retail foodservice facilities serving 30,000 meals daily with annual sales of $45 million. More than 900,000 meals are served to active duty military in 11 Navy Five Star galley operations—five having been awarded the Ney Memorial Award for foodservice excellence. Get to know him.

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.

Ben Shanley

Coca-Cola North America

IF Makers Series

If there's one word to describe Ben Shanley it's "optimistic." He has spent 34 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.

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.

Kristin Bird

Tyson Foods, Inc

IF Makers Series

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

 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Paul Brown

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Paul Brown, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Limited Service category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Gene Lee

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Gene Lee, President & Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Craig Huse

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Craig Huse, President & Co-Owner of Huse Culinary, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

April 2018 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Brian Vess

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using his foodservice stipend to further his studies in Hospitality Management.

Recap: IFMA Chain Operators EXchange 2018

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) was a great success!  With more than 100 operators and dozens of educational sessions and networking opportunities, we thought you would like to revisit some highlights from this year’s event.

2018 Silver Plate Class Announced!

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is proud to announce the 2018 IFMA Silver Plate Award winners. Nine Silver Plate winners were unveiled at the annual IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) in Las Vegas.

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May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards 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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