Gold & Silver Plate Celebration Committee

The Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration Committee plays an integral part in the continuation of the Gold & Silver Plate awards and the celebration to honor award recipients, including the theme, content, entertainment and more.

Gene Lee Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

Gene Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Darden Restaurants, was named the 2018 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). Gene was nominated by Ecolab and was one of nine operator all-stars who were eligible for the award after being nominated in March for an IFMA Silver Plate award. Gene represented the Chain Full Service category.  

2018 Silver Plate Series: Susan Terry

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Susan Terry, Vice President of Culinary and Food & Beverage Operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Hotels & Lodging category. Nominated by Nestlé Professional.

2018 Silver Plate Series: Voni Woods

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Voni Woods, Experience Officer at Giant Eagle received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Retail & Specialty category. Nominated by Nestlé Professional.

2018 Silver Plate Series: Michiel Bakker

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Michiel Bakker, Director, Google Food at Google received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management category. Nominated by Ecolab.

2018 Silver Plate Series: C. Dennis Pierce

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. C. Dennis Pierce, Executive Director Dining Services at University of Connecticut received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Colleges & Universities category. Nominated by Basic American Foods & Sysco.

Aug 07

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution.