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 relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships with foodservice leaders, fellow board members and his customers. Get to know him.

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.

Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. 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.

Annica Kreider

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

IF Makers Series

Annica’s first experience working in a restaurant kitchen was at a local pizza shop in college. Today, she is the Vice President of Brand Development at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, responsible for marketing and creating a brand voice for the consumer. 

Get to know her.

Education Foundation Raises $227,660 for Students in 2017

Committed to giving support to qualified culinary, marketing or food science students, the IFMA Education Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. See how much the Foundation raised in 2017 for foodservice students to help support their success in foodservice.

2018 IFMA Board of Directors Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2018 IFMA Board of Directors! Ben Shanley, Senior Vice President, National Foodservice Operations, Coca-Cola North America has been elected as chairman of the board. And 6 new faces have been added to this group of diverse foodservice leaders.  

January 2018 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Colleen Joseph

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 Nutritional Sciences.

IFMA Awards Foodservice Industry Leaders at the 55th Annual Presidents Conference

IFMA honored several executives and companies through multiple awards issued at IFMA’s 55th annual Presidents Conference. Four award categories paid tribute to a variety of foodservice leaders and businesses who have proven overall industry excellence.

Food Recovery Challenge Participants Demonstrate Action through Outstanding Achievements

IFMA member, Signature Breads, received the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 Food Recovery Challenge National Award. Read more about how Signature Breads was recognized with this prestigious honor.

 

Executive Summary Series: Capitalizing on Chain Delivery and Take-Out

During the 2017 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum, Datassential's Jack Li explained that consumers are most concerned with the ordering process and the quality of the food when it arrives, while restaurant operators want the food to be great and the customer's experience to be positive, because that reflects on the restaurant's brand.

 

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