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.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. 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.

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.

Kevin Delahunt

Sargento Foods Inc.

IF Makers Series

Kevin worked his way through college as a bartender in a variety of establishments including restaurants, taverns, night clubs and Summerfest, the world's largest music festival in his home town of Milwaukee. Now Kevin is President of the Food Service Division at Sargento Foods, Inc. He notes that America has the most well developed foodservice marketplace in the world. Get to know him.

October 2016 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Brittany Lisanti

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in Food Science.

Post MSLF Webinar: Capturing the Consumer of Tomorrow with Innovation in Food Marketing

Chef Thomas Talbert, VP of Culinary R&D at CSSI, builds off his MSLF presentation and cover the consumer of tomorrow, key impacts influencing their food choices and tactics to marketing to tomorrow’s consumer – including digital, experiential and print.

Post MSLF Webinar: Winning with LTOs

Major chains collectively launch nearly 6,000 LTOs each year, but what separates the truly successful ones from the rest of the pack? Jack Li, Builder at Datassential dives deeper into his MSLF session focusing on what drives a successful LTO, and how manufacturers and their national account customers can collaborate and ideate more effectively.


Learn about the 2016/2017 IFMA Foodservice Landscape

IFMA, Datassential and The NPD Group conducted a webinar to provide IFMA members with an overview of the recently updated Foodservice Landscape, focusing on growth drivers and inhibitors. The Foodservice Landscape is a complimentary resource featuring unit counts, behavioral patterns and growth projections, providing practitioners with a bird’s-eye view of each industry segment.

Improving Channel Partnerships through Better Collaboration

Despite having existing strong and collaborative relationships, Ed Medlock, SVP Distribution, Logistics, and Program Management at Wendy’s QSCC felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his industry partners to validate and grow those relationships. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.

September 2016 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Brittny Hopkins

The IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. Learn how one student is using her foodservice scholarship to further her studies in hospitality and tourism management.

Connect With IFMA

Nov 06

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

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