Two members of Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance have earned top status in the buying group’s SEFAPro Program. Jeff Dellon, director of sales and marketing at H. Weiss in Armonk, N.Y., and Cheryl Fichera, equipment specialist at Jordano’s in Santa Barbara, Calif., have earned SEFAPro Level 7 status, the highest achievable level in the training program for dealer salespeople. Dellon and Fichera are among a group of only five SEFA members who have attained the status. SEFA is based in South Barrington, Ill.
Catherine Kayser, market president of Sysco’s broadline operations in the northeastern U.S., has been named as the recipient of the Women's Foodservice Forum 2014 Leadership Award. The WFF, a 25-year-old leadership development organization that helps advance women in the foodservice industry, and the award's sponsor, Ecolab, jointly recognized Kayser, a two-decade Sysco veteran. The WFF Leadership Award is given each year to a woman executive in the foodservice industry who shows exceptional leadership qualities within her company and the industry at large, and whose professional growth and achievements are recognized through career advancement. “Catherine Kayser is exactly what we have envisioned as a recipient for this year's Leadership Award,” said Anna Mason, g.m./v.p.-operations at WFF. “She has supported our leadership development programs and has become an excellent role model for the women of the foodservice industry, Sysco and WFF.”