Mike Villano

Basic American Foods

IF Makers Series

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.

Michael Cannon

Surlean Foods

IF Makers Series

Managing the growth and development of the sales, marketing and R&D teams at Surlean Foods is quite the task, but somehow Michael finds time to help shape many of IFMA's programs. His motto, "Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'better'" helps him stay on task and continuously seek improvement. Get to know him.

Malcolm Simmonds

J.R. Simplot Company

IF Makers Series

Malcolm credits his success to getting out in the field and remaining customer-focused. One the best parts of his job is interacting with customers and finding out how they adapt in the ever-changing foodservice landscape. Get to know him.

Don Davis

Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Don Davis may have started his career as a soda machine delivery driver, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long. His knack for customer appreciation and creating long-term partnerships has since led him up the ranks in the foodservice industry, boosting him to leadership at Hillshire Brands. Get to know him.

Larry Oberkfell

IFMA

IF Makers Series

A seasoned food industry executive with more than 30 years experience working for Anchor Foods, The Schwan Food Company, Orval Kent, Rich Products and IFMA, Larry is a high-energy slayer of comfort zones-approaching every challenge with an open mind and a smile. Get to know him.

60th Anniversary of Gold & Silver Plate Awards Honors Eight Premier Foodservice Operators

Find out which distinguished operators have been named the 2014 Silver Plate Award recipients! The most coveted award of all, the Gold Plate, will be announced May 19 in Chicago.

Deep Dive Topics Mean Deeper Understanding

The Consumer Planning Program's (CPP) base research tracks consumer eating occasions and eater types; however other deep dive topics (decided by committee members) add richer understanding of how to drive consumer demand in foodservice.   

Foodservice Category Management: Best Practices and Training & Certification Program Advances Industry Knowledge

IFMA and The Partnering Group are proud to announce the best practices report (Full Plate™: Category Management Business Process for Foodservice) and Foodservice Category Management Training and Certification Program, powered by Full Plate™. 

Learn how to enhance the value of the foodservice consumer's choice

You will not want to miss this year's edition of the conference past attendees have called "beyond excellent."  At the 3rd annual Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum, foodservice marketing and sales pros will convene to discover new insights & best practices that drive planning & execution.

Foodservice Distributors: Your Route to Market

What's your distribution strategy? Who do you partner with to reach which operators and which consumers? If your strategy includes reaching the independant operator, what role does Club and Cash & Carry play? This is the focus of the upcoming Strategic Issues Series forum, "Framework for a Distribution Strategy", including guest speaker Clark Pager with Restaurant Depot. 

Getting the Consumer Back — Together

Growth, or lack of growth, is the biggest challenge we face in the foodservice industry. Since 2008, the foodservice industry has lost more than $20 billion in sales as consumers have reduced the amount of money they spend on meals away from home. To turn things around the first step is to get the consumer back. 

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Apr 29

College & University Forum Hotel O’Hare - Rosemont

Exclusively open to IFMA manufacturer members and operator partners, IFMA Operator Forums feature a series of one-on-one meetings with up to 15 leading operator decision-makers. 

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