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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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Eric Donaldson
Director, IT Services

Eric is responsible for all aspects of IFMA internal computer network and oversees the association's website.

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Denise Foster
Director, Membership
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Helen Heilich
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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Jill Johnstone
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Jill supports the president and his executive team on various tasks. She is the primary administrative Board of Directors contact, handling meeting arrangements, property location/requirements and board meeting follow-up. Jill also assists the CFO with Education Foundation and Gold & Silver Plate Society.

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Krisztian Korpas
Membership & Data Analyst
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Cassie Kupfer Norris
Director, Marketing

Cassie is responsible for leading IFMA’s marketing and communication efforts to drive awareness and attendance to IFMA's Connectivity events. She creates marketing plans, develops and manages website/video content, and uses social media and email as communication vehicles to expand IFMA’s digital footprint.

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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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Larry Oberkfell
President & CEO

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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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
Senior Director, 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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Christine Stepanski
Director, Center of Connectivity

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

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

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.

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Pat Wharton
Director, Meetings & Events

Pat organizes and executes all of the IFMA events. IFMA events involve sponsor products, hotel negotiations and onsite logistics, registration processes and overall event coordination. IFMA events are an integral part of the association, programs and membership.