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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Buntin

Schreiber Foods

IF Makers Series

In Erin Buntin's current role at Schreiber Foods, she is charged with being "customer obsessed", which means she leads the company's field sales team to build strategies and business plans that focus on exceeding customers expectations and of course, selling more cases profitably. When her friends ask her what she does, she simply replies "I am changing the world one slice of cheese at a time." Get to know her.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Wolfgang Puck, Chef/Owner of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurants/Multi-Conceptcategory. Nominated by Nestlé Professional. 

Communicate Your Product & Brand Message Directly to Operators

Reaching operators direct with your company’s product and brand messaging today has become challenging. There are multiple barriers preventing this crucial communication. Print and digital ads are still part of the mix but they don’t deliver that important emotional connection to your brand.

May 2017 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Andrea Colestock

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 dietetics.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Business & Industry/Foodservice Management

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Jeff Metz, President & CEO of Metz Culinary Management, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management category. Nominated by Basic American Foods. 

2017 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited Full Service

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. G.J. Hart, Executive Chairman & CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service category. Nominated by Wayne Farms. 

Internship Best Practices

IFMA Education Foundation Internship – Process Review: 

Interns want to be treated as employees and prefer to receive both short term and long term assignments. Long term assignments are a good way to ensure that the intern always has something to keep them busy and productive, especially when the supervisor is not available.

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Aug 08

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

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