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.

Jim Clough

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc.

IF Makers Series

Jim Clough has grown alongside the foodservice industry - moving up the ranks in sales and marketing to where he is today. He's always been driven to challenge himself and his colleagues. He believes that if you take care of your people and make quality products, the rest will work itself out. If people like take pride in their company, it's easy to grow. If your employees aren't engaged, growth becomes difficult. Get to know him.

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.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Sweet Street Desserts

IF Makers Series

As vice president of sales & marketing at Sweet Street Desserts and an active IFMA board member, Rick understands the value of making meaningful connections. Whether it is with foodservice leaders, fellow IFMA members or his customers, he relies on foodservice industry events and social media to build lasting relationships. Get to know him.

Ray Welch

ThirsTea Corp

IF Makers Series

From production line to President, Ray Welch has seen it all in foodservice. With his feet planted firmly in hard work and perseverance, he has become of the industry's most notable leaders. Get to know him.

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. 

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™. 

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. 

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.

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.

IFMA’s Consumer Planning Program – More Insights, More Benefits!

This year, IFMA's Consumer Planning Program delivers big value by adding additional benefits along with relevant and actionable insights!  

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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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