Dawn Aubrey

University of Illinois

IF Makers Series

Dawn advises those new to the industry to understand it is more than a job, it is a calling that has a significant impact on others. She says personalized service and excellent food made with ethically sourced and sustainably made ingredients are what students like most about U of I Dining. Get to know her.

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.

Gretchen Sussman

CSM Bakery Solutions

IF Makers Series

Gretchen develops and communicates clear and actionable strategies, while also removing barriers to her team's success at CSM Bakery Solutions. Further, she also prioritizes getting to know customers and offering value-added solutions to improve business results. Get to know her.

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.

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.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited 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. Chris Newcomb, Co-founder, President & CEO of Newk’s Eatery, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Limited Service category. Nominated by Wenner Bakery. 

2017 Silver Plate Series: Elementary & Secondary Schools

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. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Office of School Nutrition at Detroit Public Schools, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Elementary & Secondary Schools category. Nominated by Schwan’s Food Service. 

Foodservice Associations and their Members Rally Around Supply Chain Optimization Best Practices

Chicago, February 22, 2017 – IFMA reported strong industry participation in efforts to develop a first ever best practice for foodservice supply chain optimization (SCO).

“Since the IFMA Industry Board formation was announced in January, more than 30 foodservice chain operators, distributors and brokers have signed on to participate,” said Larry Oberkfell, President and ...

The Next Generation: An Exploration of Gen Z’s Eating Habits

The emergence of Millennials and Gen Z is creating tremendous difficulty on every side of the foodservice industry, from declining customer foot traffic and stagnant sales. These massive, diverse generations think differently about food, beverages, dining out, foodservice marketing, and foodservice brands than any previous generation.

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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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