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.

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.

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.

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.

John Flood

Wayne Farms

IF Makers Series

John was introduced to the world of foodservice during college when he received an internship from the IFMA Educational Foundation. He understands firsthand how supporting future leaders will better the industry and says, "When you find your passion, you will be successful." Get to know him.

Pay it Forward: Hire an IFMA Foodservice Student

The IFMA Educational Foundation is proud to promote the next generation of foodservice leaders and is furthermore committed to giving qualified contributions to culinary, marketing or food science students enrolled in accredited institutions.  

Pay It Forward with a Silver Plate Nomination

If there's one thing I learned from working in the foodservice industry for the past 26 years, it is the importance of building customer relationships. Establishing strong relationships with your customers is only possible if you have a thorough understanding of their business and needs. Staying in tune with the issues your customers are facing will better enable you to be in the position to provide solutions to their problems. 

President's Immigration Executive Action Will Impact Employers

On November 20, President Obama announced executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily and apply for work authorization. This executive action also includes improvements to employment-based immigration procedures and policies. All of these measures will significantly impact U.S. employers and their employees.

September 2015 Washington Insights Update

It was a busy month in Washington, between final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules being released and the retirement of the Speaker of the House John Boehner – and there are implications for foodservice. 

Terri Cummings from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Join June’s SMB Call

Terri Cummings, Director of Student Services in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is responsible for graduate and undergraduate programs facilitating quality educational experiences to Food Science & Human Nutrition students and guiding their development. Join the SMB Community Webinar on June 29th and hear her speak about how she prepares students to work in the foodservice industry, among other topics. 

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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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