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.

Eric S. Hetrick

Global P&G Professional

IF Makers Series

Eric Hetrick has lived in eight locations in four different countries during his 28 years of working with P&G. Now Eric is responsible for leading P&G Professional's business around the globe. A favorite part of his job is bringing innovation to the foodservice industry and helping customers create an outstanding experience for their patrons. Get to know him.

William McClellan

Dawn Food Products, Inc.

IF Makers Series

William McClellan learned early on how hard foodservice professionals work during college, when a snowstorm rendered he himself as the only employee able to show up for work at an in-store cafe. That work ethic transcended throughout his career, as has his passion for the foodservice industry, which William brings to Dawn Foodservice every day. Get to know him.

Kristin Bird

Sara Lee Foodservice - Division of Hillshire Brands

IF Makers Series

Kristin leads the field selling organization, customer and segment marketing, culinary and training at Sara Lee Foodservice. What's more, she is active throughout the industry, including her role in supporting the development of foodservice category management. Get to know her.

 

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.

Peeking over the Horizon in Foodservice

Steve DeSutter, president and CEO of FOCUS Brands, Inc., delivered the keynote address at Day One of IFMA's Presidents Conference in November of 2014. His presentation entitled "Peaking over the Horizon in Foodservice" referenced rapid technological change and industry innovation as "game-changers" for the foodservice industry. Companies need operating models organized for flexibility, with adaptive capabilities. Then industry disruption will bring not threats to defend against, but exciting new opportunities to embrace.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

Nona Golledge, director, Kansas University Dining, received the Silver Plate for the Colleges & Universities category. She was nominated by Hobart, Idahoan Foods, Schwan's Food Service and Sysco. Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

How Manufacturers Win in Grocery Foodservice

The latest IFMA Strategic Issues Series focused on the subject of "How to Win in Grocery Foodservice", with a keen study on the blurring lines between traditional retail channels and foodservice. Bonnie Riggs from The NPD Group and Jack Li from Datassential presented on "Retailer and Consumer Trends and Needs," setting a foundation with segment market size, growth statistics and trend information. Bob Baxley, partner at The Partnering Group (TPG), presented "Inside the Mind of a Retailer" based on his decades of experiences overseeing retailers' deli and prepared foods departments. View the complete white paper covering the session.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Business & Industry / Foodservice Management

Edward Sirhal, president, Restaurants Associates, received the 2015 Silver Plate Award in the Business & Industry/Foodservice Management category. He was nominated by M.Tucker Co., a division of Singer NY. Find out what they had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

Analytics That Drive Foodservice Category Management Best Practices

Foodservice Category Management was a key topic of interest at the 2014 Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum (MSLF), which took place August 5-6 in Buffalo, NY. Of particular intrigue was how industry best practices were in place to bring a paradigm-shifting process that leverages insights from analytics to create value all along the supply chain. Learn what transpired on this topic at last year's conference and mark your calendars for Aug. 4-5 for the 2015 MSLF event taking place at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis.

2015 Silver Plate Series: Health Care

Julie Jones, director, Nutrition Services, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, received the Silver Plate for the Health Care category. She was nominated by Basic American Foods, Hobart and Schwan's). Find out what she had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.

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May 18

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This elegant event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers.

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