Mike Villano is no stranger to hard work. After getting his start in foodservice managing seafood restaurants in Manhattan, he learned quickly what types of challenges operators face on a daily basis. This foundational knowledge and his "no shortcuts" approach helps him ensure Basic American Foods' customers thrive in the restaurant business. Get to know him.
If you had to describe IFMA in just three words, what would they be?
Connect. Learn. Share.
How does being an IFMA Member benefit you?
Being a member of IFMA helps me connect with key foodservice industry leaders. IFMA gives me the opportunity to learn from some very smart and successful people.
What do you value most about industry events?
Foodservice industry events provide the opportunity to connect with peers from other companies and expand my knowledge of the industry.
What do you value most about being on an IFMA committee?
As a member of the Presidents Conference 2013 Committee, I experienced firsthand how participating in IFMA committees enable me to make meaningful contributions to the association and the foodservice industry.
What industry challenge keeps you up at night?
One of the greatest obstacles is the changing consumer behavior. Consumers are moving away from foodservice, which puts pressure on our collective ability to generate growth.
What is your advice to a person new to the industry?
Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Work in a restaurant to gain an understanding of how it generates a profit.
IFMA featured members are selected based on their accomplishments in the food industry. Recognized as leaders, they are the people moving the industry forward with big ideas and even bigger goals. Know someone who fits the bill? Tell us.