2018 Silver Plate Videos - Watch the Compelling Stories of the Silver Plate Winners

Posted by Cassie Kupfer May 29, 2018

Tagged in Awards Gold & Silver Plate Gold & Silver Plate Society Videos


At IFMA’s Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration, we pay tribute to each Silver Plate Winner with a video documentary about their amazing career journeys and how they have reached the pinnacle of their respective fields.

Chain Full Service: Gene Lee, Darden Restaurants

Health Care: Jim McGrody, UNC Rex Healthcare

Health Care: Retail & Specialty: Voni Woods, Giant Eagle

Elementary & Secondary Schools: Ken Yant, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Chain Limited Service: Paul Brown, Inspire Brands

Colleges & Universities: C. Dennis Pierce, University of Connecticut

Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept: Craig Huse, Huse Culinary

Business & Industry/Foodservice Management: Michiel Bakker, Google

Hotels & Lodging: Susan Terry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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