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.

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.

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.

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.

Josh Halpern


IF Makers Series

Helping retailers alleviate their key pain points is a primary area of focus for Josh. And in the foodservice industry it turns out these issues unilaterally involve traffic, check size, innovation, server training and commodity cost. Learn more about how Josh helps address these challenges and more at Anheuser-Busch. 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.

Connect With IFMA

Nov 06

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

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