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.

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.

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.

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.

Jay Crown

Rich Products Corporation

IF Makers Series

Jay asserts that in 2020, Foodservice will be moving faster than ever. Be it around adoption of trends, flavors and ingredients. The key difference will be how operators learn about them and the speed in which they are adopted. Get to know him.

“Boots-on-the-ground” perspective on what Foodservice may see following the November 2014 election

FaegreBD Consulting provides a perspective from Washington D.C. on the developments in public policy relevant to foodservice.

Annual Foodservice Ashore Solutions Event. Success.

IFMA hosted the annual "Foodservice Ashore Solutions", an enterprise-wide training opportunity for MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) foodservice professionals, on June 9-12 at Navy Base Point Loma in San Diego, California. Foodservice demonstrations and samplings were featured, along with guest speakers from IFMA, Disney, the Kruse Company and Datassential.         

August 2015 Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

Do You Have WIIFW Partnerships With Your Suppliers?

Kate Vitasek shared the Vested® model, of deep collaboration, developed at the University of Tennessee during Presidents Conference 2013. Vested is a mindset of focusing on what's in it for "we" instead of what's in it for me; is a methodology and rules; and is a movement where companies play a different game by adopting new habits and business models.

Fifth Annual Educational Foundation Silent Auction

Presidents Conference is around the corner, which means the Fifth Annual IFMA Educational Foundation Silent Auction is also coming up. Find out how you can support the future leaders of foodservice.

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Oct 12

Strategic Issues Series: Back To School

Back To School: A deep dive into the current K-12 segment and how the manufacturers are sure to get the passing grade. 

The Strategic Issues Series is a complimentary IFMA Manufacturer Members-only forum that focuses on issues that are top of mind for foodservice manufacturers. There is no additional cost to attend, as this event is included in the Member’s annual dues. From GPOs to The Distributor of the Future, the series brings to light critical challenges and how manufacturers can take advantage of them to create growth opportunities.

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