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Get to Know the 2019 Silver Plate Class

For the past 65 years, IFMA has honored the most outstanding and innovative operator talents in nine categories of the foodservice industry. The IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards pay tribute to these operators’ lifelong career achievements. Hear the stories of the 2019 Silver Plate Class and learn what drives this legendary group of operators.


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Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept: 

Sam Facchini & John Arena, Metro Pizza

Chain Full Service: 

Beverly Lynch, Golden Corral

Chain Limited Service: 

Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc.

Health Care: 

Bill Marks, Hennepin Healthcare

Elementary & Secondary Schools: 

Rodney Taylor, Fairfax County Public Schools

Colleges & Universities: 

Randy Lait, North Carolina State University

Business & Industry/Foodservice Management: 

Lorna Donatone, Sodexo

Retail & Specialty: 

Regynald G. WashingtonParadies Lagardère

Hotels & Lodging: 

Don Falgoust, RLJ Lodging Trust

Join us at the 65th annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration as we honor these amazing foodservice leaders. Reserve your table today and be there as one of these Silver Plate recipients is chosen as the 2019 Gold Plate Winner for overall Industry Excellence.