2014 Silver Plate Series: Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept

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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.

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May 21

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This 62nd annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. See you on Saturday, May 21 at "The Academy Awards of Foodservice."

2016 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited Service

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2016 Silver Plate Series: Business & Industry/Foodservice Management

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 a few questions to get an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Mike Barclay, President, Southern Foodservice Management, Inc., received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management Category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods. Find out what Mike had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Chain Full Service

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 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. Stephen Carley, CEO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Dawn Food Products.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 a few questions to get an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality, Yale University, received the Silver Plate Award in the Colleges & Universities Category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods, JL&A Communications and Sysco. Find out what Rafi had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

 

2015 Silver Plate Series: Elementary & Secondary Schools

Mary A. Hill, executive director of Food Services, Jackson Public Schools, received the Silver Plate for the Elementary & Secondary Schools category. She was nominated by Schwan's Food Service. Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

 

 

2015 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited Service

Kat Cole, president, FOCUS Brands, received the Silver Plate for the Chain Limited Service category. She was nominated by Basic American Foods. Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Chain Full Service

John Miller, CEO, Denny's Restaurants received the 2015 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods and The Coca-Cola Company. Find out what he had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. 

 

2015 Silver Plate Series: Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concepts

Michael C. Gibbons, president and CEO, Mainstreet Ventures, received the Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurants / Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Ecolab.  Find out what he had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

 

2015 Silver Plate Series: Business & Industry / Foodservice Management

Edward Sirhal, president, Restaurants Associates, received the 2015 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management category. He was nominated by M.Tucker Co., a division of Singer NY. 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.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

Nona Golledge, director, Kansas University Dining, received the Silver Plate for the Colleges & Universities category. She was nominated by Hobart, Idahoan Foods, Schwan's Food Service and Sysco. Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.