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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

2018 Silver Plate Series: Michiel Bakker

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. Michiel Bakker, Director, Google Food at Google received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management category. Nominated by Ecolab.

May 2018 Future Foodservice Spotlight: Alex Vonderschmidt

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 Dietetics.

UniPro Foodservice Announces Executive Retirement and New Appointment

UniPro Foodservice, Inc. announced that following a successful 26-year tenure as UniPro’s Executive Vice President Sales – East, Don Gilligan will retire in July 2018. The firm also announced that Scott Strull has been named Executive Vice President Sales effective April 16, 2018.

2018 Silver Plate Series: C. Dennis Pierce

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. C. Dennis Pierce, Executive Director Dining Services at University of Connecticut received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Colleges & Universities category. Nominated by Basic American Foods & Sysco.

2018 Silver Plate Series: Ken Yant

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. Ken Yant, Director of School Nutrition Program at Gwinnett County Public Schools received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Elementary & Seconday Schools category. Nominated by SunOpta.

2018 Silver Plate Series: Jim McGrody

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. Jim McGrody, Culinary Director of UNC Rex Healthcare, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Health Care category. Nominated by Basic American Foods. 

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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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