2015 Industry Excellence Awards Gala
Friday, February 20, 2015
Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California
2015 Management Excellence Awards
Chain & Commercial Operator (more than 250 units): Chick-fil-A, Atlanta
Chain & Commercial Operator (fewer than 250 units): Smashburger, Denver
Noncommercial Operator: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami
Dealer (more than $40 million in sales): Hockenbergs Foodservice Equipment and Supply, Omaha, Neb.
Dealer (less than $40 million in sales): Rapids Wholesale Equipment, Marion, Iowa
Consulting Firm: Reitano Design Group, Indianapolis
2015 Industry Service Awards
Dealer: Paul Gustafson, President, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, San Antonio
Manufacturers' Rep: Michael Turetzky, Vice President, Chernoff Sales, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Consultant: James Camacho, President, Camacho Associates, Atlanta
Service Agent: Joe Pierce, Owner, Pierce Parts & Service, Macon, Ga.
Operator: Philip Atkinson, Food Service/Laundry Programs Manager, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Minneapolis
2015 Young Lion Awards
Dealer: Mason Greene, Director of Operations, Hotel & Restaurant Supply, Meridian, Miss.
Manufacturers' Rep: Kevin Eaton, President, Eaton Marketing & Associates, Clearwater, Fla.
Consultant: A.J. Barker, Director of Operations/Chef, Think Tank Hospitality Group, Lynnwood, Wash.
Service Agent: Mike Via, Sales/Accounts Manager, Refrigerated Specialist, Mesquite, Texas
Commercial Operator: Catherine Helwig, Project Manager, Equipment R&D, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Lebanon, Tenn.
Noncommercial Operator: Zia Ahmed, Senior Director of Dining Services, University Residences and Dining Services, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
THANK YOU to our sponsors of the 2015 Awards Gala:
FER Industry Service and Special Editors’ Award Winners 2005-2013
Operator: Dave Brewer, Yum! Brands
Dealer: Rick Ellingson, Bargreen Ellingson
Consultant: Scott Legge, LTD Consulting Group
Manufacturers’ Rep: Ed Gregory, HGA Group
Service Agent: Frank Burns, National Service Cooperative
Operator: Roy Hook, Wendy’s Int’l. Inc.
Dealer: Marc Fuchs, M. Tucker Co. Inc.
Consultant: Albert da Costa, Socius Consulting
Manufacturers’ Rep: Neville Jeens, W.D. Colledge Co. Inc.
Service Agent: Roger Martin, Stove Parts & Supply/Ecolab
Operator: John Curry, Bob Evans Restaurants
Dealer: Rodney Wasserstrom, The Wasserstrom Co.
Consultant: Kathleen Seelye, Ricca Newmark Design
Manufacturers’ Rep: Michael Posternak, Posternak Bauer Associates Inc.
Service Agent: John Schwindt, Hawkins Commercial Appliance Service
Special Editors’ Award.: Robert E. Pacifico, FFCSI (PP), Pacifico & Associates
Operator: Martin Cowley, The Walt Disney Co.
Dealer: Bruce Gulbas, National Supply
Consultant: Karen Malody, Culinary Options
Manufacturers’ Rep: Ray Ward, Link2Hospitality
Service Agent: Tina Reese, Commercial Appliance
Special Editors’ Award: Don Fisher, Fisher-Nickel inc.
Operator: Rick McCaffrey, Brinker Int’l. Restaurants
Dealer: Jim Hanson, Best Restaurant Equipment & Design
Consultant: Edmiston Bernard, Cini-Little Int’l. Inc.
Manufacturers’ Rep: Alan Squier, Squier Associates Inc.
Service Agent: Bruce Hodge, General Parts LLC
2013 Management Excellence Awards
Chain & Commercial Operator (more than 250 units): Doctor’s Associates/Subway, Milford, Conn., and its Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Miami
Chain & Commercial Operator (fewer than 250 units): Cheddar’s Casual Café, Irving, Texas
Noncommercial Operator: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Food & Nutrition Services, Columbus, Ohio
Dealer (more than $40 million in sales): Bargreen Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash.
Dealer (less than $40 million in sales): Mobile Fixture, Mobile, Ala.
Consulting Firm: Webb Design, Tustin, Calif.
2013 Industry Service Awards
Dealer: Jim Hanson, Best Restaurant Equipment & Design, Columbus, Ohio.
Manufacturers’ Rep: Mitch Reilly, HRI Inc., St. Claire Shores, Mich.
Service Agent: Scott Hester, Refrigerated Specialist, Mesquite, Texas.
Consultant: Ed Norman, MVP Services Group, Dubuque, Iowa.
Operator: Mike Harlamert, Yum! Restaurants Int’l., Louisville, Ky.
2013 Young Lion Awards
Dealer: Brad Pierce, Restaurant Equipment World, Orlando, Fla.
Manufacturers’ Rep: Chris Folz, The Redstone Group, Englewood, Colo.
Consultant: Eric Norman, MVP Services Group, Chicago.
Service Agent: Dan Farmer, Fixxbook Inc., Albertson, N.Y.
Commercial Operator: Ryan DeSimone, Bloomin’ Brands, Tampa, Fla.
Noncommercial Operator: Steve Cerullo, Geisinger Healthcare, Danville, Pa.