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.

William McClellan

Dawn Food Products, Inc.

IF Makers Series

William McClellan learned early on how hard foodservice professionals work during college, when a snowstorm rendered he himself as the only employee able to show up for work at an in-store cafe. That work ethic transcended throughout his career, as has his passion for the foodservice industry, which William brings to Dawn Foodservice every day. 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.

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.

Richard Ferranti

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

"Why not?" is a simple question that has opened up a world of opportunity for Richard Ferranti. From establishing businesses in emerging markets like China, Brazil and India to leading the North American business for Rich Products, he's a foodservice guru with all the right stuff. Get to know him.

Foodservice Category Management Defined: Day 120 Update

What does Foodservice Category Management really mean? The Foodservice Category Management Innovation & Activation Board has established a universal definition to facilitate the industry's use of this strategic process. Get the definition here!

Welcome to the Foodservice Category Management Community!

Thank you for being part of the Foodservice Category Management Community! Read on for tips on how to take advantage of this resource page.

Foodservice Category Management: Day 90 Update

Last week work began as 65 members of the Foodservice Category Management Innovation & Activation Board met in Chicago to wrestle with the challenges and significant opportunities the industry initiative presents. 

Foodservice Category Management: Day 60 Update - NRA Joins Effort

It has been 60 days since IFMA and a host of subject experts and industry partners launched the all-inclusive and industry-wide Foodservice Category Management Initiative. We are pleased to announce that in addition to the founders - The Partnering Group (TPG)Datassential, and NPD, our family of participating organizations now include - National Restaurant Association (NRA), International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association (FSMA), along with 16 manufacturers, six distributors and three brokers.

 

Foodservice Category Management Initiative: Day 30 Update

It has been 30 days since IFMA and a host of subject experts and industry partners launched the all-inclusive and industry-wide Foodservice Category Management Initiative. We are pleased to announce that in addition to the founders - The Partnering Group (TPG), Datassential and NPD - The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association (FSMA) and The Category Management Association (CMA) are joining the effort.

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Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

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