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Anthony R. DePaolo
Vice President, Sales & Member Services
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Tony has overall responsibility for leading the effort to grow IFMA's membership, participation and sponsorship programs. He meets with members to ensure they receive maximum value from their membership and communicate these insights gained to keep IFMA programs actionable and relevant.

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Eric Donaldson
Director, IT Services
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Eric is responsible for all aspects of IFMA internal computer network and oversees the association's website.

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Helen Heilich
Director, Membership
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Helen is responsible for growing IFMA's membership and participation. She meets with members to ensure they receive the maximum value from their membership and actively pursues new members.

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Charlie McConnell
Senior Director, Insights & Best Practices
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Charlie is responsible for meeting manufacturer members' insights and best practices needs by leveraging existing offerings and developing new offerings. Examples include Food Future 2025, Joint Business Planning, Foodservice Fundamentals, Strategic Issues Series, and the Consumer Planning Program.

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Larry Oberkfell
President & CEO
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Larry is responsible for the overall success of the organization and works closely with the Board of Directors to provide strategic direction for the Association. He represents the membership through participation with other associations and groups involved in our industry, and he is involved in many industry initiatives, including GS1 leadership.

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Alvaro Rojas
Senior Director, Marketing
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Alvaro leads IFMA’s marketing and communications efforts to increase awareness of IFMA programs, insights, and services across the foodservice community. He executes marketing plans to drive participation in member-facing programs, events, awards, and initiatives that position the association for the future.

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Mike Schwartz
Senior Vice President, Member Value
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Mike oversees and provides strategic direction to IFMA’s member-facing programs and services within its three Centers of Excellence: Insights, Best Practices, and Connectivity. Mike also facilitates meaningful partnerships with external groups for additional services.

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Christine Stepanski
Director, Center of Connectivity
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Christine is responsible for managing connectivity programming for IFMA’s Chain Operators EXchange, Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration, Marketing & Sales Conference, and Presidents Conference. These conferences and events connect members with channel partners and to the products and services emanating from IFMA’s insights and best practices work.

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Sandra Sierra
Manager, Accounting
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Sandra is responsible for the accounts receivable, event and conference registrations and program participation. She handles the collection of all accounts receivable, invoicing for sponsorships, meeting registrations, program participation and manages processing of membership dues calculations and payments.

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Jennifer Tarulis
Chief Financial Officer
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Jennifer is responsible for the association's financial health and transparency to members. In addition, she oversees office operations, technology, human resources and meeting logistics. She is the staff liaison for the IFMA Educational Foundation and the Gold & Silver Plate Society.