Jim Broadhurst Receives Foodservice Industry’s Top Honor

Posted by IFMA May 21, 2014

Tagged in Gold & Silver Plate

PRESS RELEASE: CHICAGO, May 20, 2014/PRNewswire/-- Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by  the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 19 at Chicago's historic Great Hall at Union Station. Broadhurst, nominated by Bigelow Tea, was one of eight outstanding operator executives who were eligible for the award after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate award in March. He represents the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept segment.

Broadhurst says, "The real thank you goes to our almost 10,000 employees, colleagues and team members of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. Their very special effort, the care they give to what they do, the dedication and commitment they make day in and day out to make sure our guests, clients and customers get absolutely the best treatment and experience possible."

It was a special night for the Broadhurst family. Broadhurst was accompanied by his wife of 48 years, Suzy and their three sons [Jeff, Brooks and Mark], who are all actively involved in the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. "They certainly will carry on the tradition of a culture that has been important to the organization since it started in 1949," said Broadhurst.  

Celebrating its 60th year, IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate Awards are considered the most coveted operator awards in the foodservice industry. The awards pay tribute to leading foodservice operators who have contributed to the advancement of their individual segments and teh foodservice industry as a whole. 

In addition to Broadhurst, the 2014 Silver Plate recipients include: Jack Williams (Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept), Steve Romaniello (Chain Limited Service), Lisette Coston (Health Care), Sandra Ford (Elementary & Secondary Schools), Mark LoParco (Colleges & Universities), Kevin D'Onofrio (Specialty Foodservices) and Brad Nelson (Hotels & Lodging).

The Gold Plate award recipient was determined through secret ballot by a jury of past Silver Plate winners, national trade press ediotrs and foodservice experts. Overseeing the selection process was the chairperson of the International Gold & Silver Plate Society, Mary Angela Miller. The Selection Jury was chaired by Nancy Kruse, President of The Kruse Company. The ballot was tallied by the BDO USA, LLP and kept confiential until the annoucement at the Gold & Silver Plate Celebration on May 19. 

James Collins ('77), Richard Melman ('89), Ralph Brennan ('97) and J.W. Marriott Jr. ('93) are among the renowned operators who have received IFMA Gold and Silver Plates over the years. The May 19 Celebration, which drew a stellar crowd of over 600 industry leaders and legends, was hosted by the 2007 Gold Plate recipient Jon Luther, former Chairman of the Board, Dunkin Brands and current Chairman of the Board, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.

For more information on the Gold & Silver Plate Awards or photos from the Celebration, visit ifmaworld.com or contact John Lehmann at (312) 253-4683.

--

About International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)

IFMA is a leading trade association comprised of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry, as well as related marketing service organizations, trade publications, distributors and brokers. IFMA's mission is to serve as a business partner to its members by bringing them relevant, actionable services that are fundamental to their business assessment, planning and execution. For more information, visit ifmaworld.com. Follow IFMA on Twitter: @IFMAWORLD or join our group on LinkedIn

Login To Gain Access To This Content
Mar 05

Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

2016 Silver Plate Series: Hotels & Lodging

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. Wolfgang Lindlbauer, Chief Discipline Leader, Global Operations, Marriott International, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Hotels & Lodging category. He was nominated by Ecolab.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept

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. Thom Sehnert, Founder/Owner & President, Annie Gunn’s and The Smokehouse Market, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurant/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Anheuser-Busch.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Specialty Foodservice

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. Rick Abramson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Delaware North Companies, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Specialty Foodservice category. He was nominated by Anheuser-Busch, Ecolab and PepsiCo.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Elementary & Secondary Schools

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. Jeff Denton, Director of Child Nutrition Programs, Ponca City Public Schools., received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Elementary & Secondary Schools category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods.

 

 

2016 Silver Plate Series: Chain Limited 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. Charlie Morrison, president and CEO, Wingstop, Inc., received the Silver Plate Award in the Chain Limited Services Category. He was nominated by Basic American Foods.

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.

 

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. Steve 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.

Why Nominating Customers for IFMA Awards can Bring Big Returns

Participating in an IFMA Awards program is one of the best ways for members to maximize participation in many of IFMA’s largest events. Specifically, nominating an operator or distributor for an IFMA Award brings significant opportunities to build customer relations, gain national exposure and serve as an important advocate for the foodservice industry.

Foodable WebTV Network Covers 61st Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration (VIDEO)

On May 18th, 2015, during the week of the NRA Show, the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago - with large pillars, a grand staircase, historic architecture, and high, detailed ceilings - was transformed into pure elegance. Guests, donned in black-tie attire, enjoyed a cocktail reception and step-and-repeat before dinner, when the awards ceremony kicked off.