Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Tyson Foods. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.
Share a story about your first job in foodservice?
As a waitress in high school, I had to wash dishes at the end of the night. I hated washing dishes, so I was very frugal with extra dishes. I would deny people bread plates, fresh glasses for refills, extra plates to share. My customer service suffered due to having to wash the dishes!
Tell us about any industry/company awards you've received.
I was featured in Crain's Chicago 40 under 40 in 2009. I was also selected to present at a Women's Foodservice Forum Success Talk in 2012 on one of WFF's leadership competencies, leadership and diplomacy.
In your opinion, what is the best foodservice industry event?
IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference is my favorite industry event. Good industry events like that always provide the chance to connect, learn and share insights.
What do your customers appreciate most about your company?
Our great food, great quality and great people.
What is your advice to a person new to the industry?
Actively engage and participate in the industry - network with peers both inside and outside of your organization.
Looking back at the last 10 years, what do you consider the greatest innovation in foodservice?
Operator profiling through purchase behavior.
What do you value most about being on an IFMA committee?
Being able to build great content through collaboration with members that have unique insights and talent.
What is your favorite meal?
Thin crust pizza and a glass of Prosecco.
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