Foodservice Equipment Reports

FER Honors Industry Service Award Winners

Foodservice Equipment Reports has named five individuals to receive the magazine’s prestigious Industry Service Awards. The awards, first given in 2005, honor those who have made substantial contributions not just to their firms and associations, but to the equipment and supplies industry as a whole. The awards are given to a dealer, a manufacturers’ representative, a service agent, a consultant and an operator.

The 2012-13 winners are:

  • 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, Chicago.
  • Operator—Mike Harlamert, Yum! Restaurants Int’l., Louisville, Ky.

The award winners are chosen with the help of the relevant associations’ boards of directors: the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association and the Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l.-The Americas Division. The operator winner is chosen by the editors and publisher of FER.

The Industry Service Award winners will be honored at an awards dinner and program Feb. 8, 2013, at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The event will take place Friday night during The NAFEM Show. The program also will honor the previously announced winners of FER’s first Management Excellence Awards and Young Lion Awards.

For information on fees and registation for the event, call Christine Palmer, FER’s meeting coordinator, at 847/336-2049 or write her For information on being an event sponsor call or write Publisher Robin Ashton at 847/910-5163 or

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