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March 22, 2005

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In This Section:
Simon Receives FEDA’s Top Award; McDonough Honored For Industry Contributions
NRA Launches Kitchen Innovations At Show
MAFSI Appoints 2005 Officers
NAFEM Announces New Directors
Fortnightly Debuts Regulatory Archives
Alegacy On The Move
Edward Don & Co. Mourns Adam Don

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Industry Report

Simon Receives FEDA’s Top Award;
McDonough Honored For Industry Contributions
Walter Simon, president of General Hotel & Restaurant Supply Corp., headquartered in Miami, on Friday was presented with the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s highest honor, the Sam Anoff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Simon, announced by FEDA as the recipient last August, formally accepted the award at the association’s Annual Convention, this year held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Sam Anoff award, named for the founder of FEDA, goes to those who have had a long career with a FEDA member dealership, significantly participate and contribute to the association, and have a passion for the industry and dealer-based distribution.

Simon, only the third dealer ever to win the association’s rare honor, was recognized for his decades of service to FEDA, his industry leadership on behalf of dealer-based distribution, and his involvement in the founding of the International Foodservice Equipment Distributors buying group, IFED.

In another presentation, John McDonough, president of Hobart Foodservice, Troy, Ohio, was honored with FEDA’s award for support of dealer-based distribution. McDonough, long a vocal proponent of channel partnering and incentives for value-added services, made industry news in January when Hobart became the first manufacturer to introduce a new "activity based" dealer compensation program.


NRA Launches Kitchen Innovations At Show
If you’re looking for equipment innovation at the National Restaurant Show this May, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll find quite a lot of it gathered in one Kitchen Innovation spot.

So far, the NRA has marked 17 products as recipients of the 2005 KI awards—with more to come. (If you’re a manufacturer with a cool new product, you still have time to submit it for consideration.)

The KI award products will be showcased in a hands-on demonstration area during all four days of the show. You’ll see a blender dispensing system; new refrigeration technology; smart thermometers; display cooking stations; energy efficient warewashers and impingers; speed ovens; a rapid thawing machine; and a ventilated ceiling, to name just a few.

The winning products were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry leaders: Martin Cowley, Disneyland Resort; William Eaton, FFCSI, Cini-Little Int'l.; John Egnor, FCSI, JEM Associates; Robert Forrester, Quiznos Sub; Rick Gentry, Aramark; Robert Marshall, McDonald's Corp.; Robert Pacifico, FCSI, Romano/Gatland; and Kathleen Seelye, FCSI, Ricca Newmark Design.

For more information about KI products, log onto Companies interested in submitting products should contact Eric Rude at NRA’s Chicago office, or (312) 853-2537.

MAFSI Appoints 2005 Officers
A new year brings new officers at the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry.

The Atlanta-based association appointed Jeffrey Hessel, of B.S.E. Marketing, New Hyde Park, N.Y., to president; George LeCavalier, of EMI Marketing, Littleton, Colo., to v.p.; and Mitchell Reilly, HRI Inc., St. Clair Shores, Mich., to treasurer. All officers will serve one-year terms.

MAFSI announced the officers in January at its 2005 Annual Conference at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami.

The ’06 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 24-27 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. For more information, see

NAFEM Announces New Directors
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers welcomed four new association directors at its annual meeting in February: Tom Campion, Franke Inc., La Vergne, Tenn.; Mike McNeel, Berkel Inc., South Bend, Ind.; David Wasserman, Vollrath Co., Sheboygan, Wis.; and Mark Whalen, Victory Refrigeration Co./Aga Foodservice Group, Phoenix, Md.

Retiring directors include John Nackley, InterMetro Industries Corp., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Peter Nordell, The Edlund Co., Burlington, Vt.; Hans Ott, Franke Foodservice Systems, La Vergne, Tenn.; and Michelle Wibel, Nemco Food Equipment, Hicksville, Ohio.

Chicago-based NAFEM held its annual meeting at the Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Mark your calendars for next year’s meeting in Napa, Calif., Feb. 24-27, 2006, at the Silverado Resort.

Fortnightly Debuts Regulatory Archives
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Log onto to find all of Fortnightly’s regulatory stories indexed for easy access. You can search by state, international location, or by regulatory agency.

Since Fortnightly’s debut in July 2004, its dogged reporters have covered regulations, inspection and energy efficiency updates in more than half the states and from 12 federal agencies, not to mention Asia, Canada and Europe.

Alegacy On The Move
Call up the moving vans—Alegacy Foodservice Products Group soon heads for its new home in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., leaving its longtime spot in Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

The new facility is roomy, to say the least, with 30-ft. high ceilings and 113,660 sq. ft. of space. The building will be large enough to accommodate Alegacy’s manufacturing technology and new product acquisitions.

The move is expected to take place by late summer.

Alegacy’s product lineup contains nearly 3,000 items, including Eagleware aluminum cookware, ColorCode food safety products and insulated fry pan handles.

Edward Don & Co. Mourns Adam Don
Adam Don, the youngest son of Edward Don & Co. Chairman Robert Don and brother of CEO Steven Don, died unexpectedly in a mountain bicycling accident in California on March 6. He was 35.

Adam led the North Riverside, Ill., foodservice equipment and supplies distributor’s West Coast sales efforts as the national accounts sales manager. He was based in Mira Lorna, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles.

In Adam’s honor, the Don family has created The Adam Don Memorial Foundation. Contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 3500 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Ill., 60674.

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