A food industry sage with over 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. Get to know him.
Share a story about your first job in foodservice.
I have had the fortune to learn the business under mentors such as Bob Rich Sr. and other pioneers in foodservice. These mentors taught me the importance of making and sustaining personal relationships in this business. Meaningful metrics are few but relationships help you fine tune your own thinking.
What is your industry passion?
Positive attitude and the willingness to accept different solutions to problems.
How do you keep up with industry news and events?
Read an assortment of sources; online and print. Talk to members and their customers to get their views.
In your opinion, what is the best industry event?
Presidents Conference because it is strategic and attended by the industry leaders.
What will be the biggest change in foodservice 2020?
More sophistication will be required by fewer bigger customers.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What are five things you always have in your carry-on bag?
My iPad, business cards, company presentation on memory stick, iPhone, workout clothes.
What items can always be found in your grocery cart?
steak, veggies, bottle of good red wine
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