Joe Bybel

Ventura Foods

IF Makers Series

Maintaining a strong work ethic and keeping an eye on the details are two key traits needed for success in foodservice, according to Joe Bybel of Ventura Foods. In addition, Joe believes providing simpler and more natural products will continue to be a top priority needed to meet complex consumer demands. Get to know him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benefits of Participating in Foodservice Rewards

Did you miss the September Small & Midsized Business call? Listen to Lisa Snider discuss Foodservice Rewards and the benefits of a small or midsized manufacturer’s participation in this program.

Increase collaboration with your channel partners

IFMA's Small/MidSized Business (SMB) Committee hosts a monthly 1-hour for the SMB community of IFMA members. In this recorded call learn from Tim Hand how to increase collaboration with your channel partners

Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships

Did you miss the September Small/Midsized Business call? Listen to Kate Vitask discuss how negotiating agreement for highly collaborative relationships can be beneficial for you.

What You Should Know...Before Walking In

Did you miss the July Small & Mid-Sized Business Call? Listen to Patti Venetucci from 4C Consulting Group explain how stepping into the shoes of operators will help you better understand their business and needs.

Kevin Bechtel from Shari’s Restaurants and Pies "Fills In" the SMB Community

Every month, IFMA's Small & Midsized Business (SMB) community hosts a discussion with industry experts, trading partners or operator customers. In June, Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President of Purchasing/R&D and Menu Development at Shari's spoke to us about his business.

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