We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2014 a few questions to get an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.
Jack Williams, Co-Founder, Richie's Real American Diner
Williams received the 2014 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurants category. He was nominated byIdahoan Foods.
What do you enjoy most about your career in foodservice?
What I enjoy most about my foodservice career - 56 years of my 59 year marriage has been a very special blessing and fun because of how much my wife, Linda, & I LOVE the restaurant business -truly "a people business."
Tell us about your biggest career accomplishment.
My biggest career accomplishment has been -- not the numerous awards, etc., but the honor & privilege of enjoying serving people & helping make their day more pleasant & enjoyable.
How is your segment making a difference for the foodservice industry?
Our segment is making a difference for the foodservice industry - by offering & extending a pleasant dining experience to each & every guest that dines with us every day. Also, having the privilege of working with and being teammates with some of the finest people in America and helping to make their lives more rewarding and enjoyable.
What advice do you have for someone new to the foodservice industry?
My advice to someone new to the foodservice industry - remember you're not in the food business you are in the people business-and you will be overwhelmed with blessings & success - because it's so much fun and enjoyable.
What does being an IFMA Silver Plate recipient mean to you?
Being awarded an IFMA Silver Plate is the acknowledgment that one of the highest & respected awards in our industry; a very special award, honor & privilege, has been extended to me (and my wife for the 56 years in this great industry). We really appreciate the acknowledgment.