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.
Registration information for the Awards Gala will be available Oct. 1, 2014.
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.