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Anthony R. DePaolo
Vice President, Sales & Member Services

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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Denise Foster
Director, Membership
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Denise 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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Courtney Graham Sriha
Director, Center of Connectivity

Courtney is responsible for managing connectivity programming for IFMA’s Chain Operators EXchange, Gold & Silver Plate Awards, 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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Helen Heilich
Senior Director, Membership

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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Phil Kafarakis
President & CEO

Phil is responsible for overseeing IFMA's day-to-day operations and directs the activities of the association in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by its Board of Directors.

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Charlie McConnell
Senior Director, Insights & Best Practices

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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Lisa Odafe
Director, Operations & Events

Lisa is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Lisa manages daily operations and works closely with staff and vendors to execute projects for IFMA events and conferences.

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Alvaro Rojas
Vice President, Marketing

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

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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Sandra Sierra
Manager, Accounting

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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Kathleen Sysma
Director of Communications

Kathleen conceives, plans, writes, and produces communications that reflect the Association’s strategic vision, supporting IFMA leadership as thought leaders in the foodservice industry and beyond, and clearly positioning the organization’s mission and objectives to external audiences.

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Jennifer Tarulis
Chief Financial Officer

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.