NAFEM Honors Three Industry Veterans With Top Awards

NAFEM honored three of the E&S industry’s best during last week’s NAFEM Show.

The 2019 President’s Award, recognizing a non-elected NAFEM volunteer who has donated their time and expertise for the betterment of the association, was presented to Carol Wallace, CFSP, former president and CEO of Cooper-Atkins Corp., Middlefield, Conn., and Cliff Baggott, CFSP, president/CEO of Cres Cor, Mentor, Ohio.

Both honorees have participated in NAFEM activities for 20+ years.

Elected to the NAFEM board in 1996, Wallace rose through the ranks as secretary-treasurer, chairing the Finance & Audit Committee, and served as president-elect and president and chair of the Executive Committee in 2006-07. She created and chaired the International Committee, which in its inception worked towards better understanding of global certifications and standards, created exhibit opportunities at worldwide trade shows for members through NAFEM-hosted pavilions, and global marketing opportunities. She also served on the NSF Safety Advisory council and the NRAEF’s Industry Food Safety Council.

Baggott, elected to the NAFEM Board of Directors in 2009, served two terms and participated on the Member Screening, Finance & Audit, and Executive Committees. He was instrumental in forming NAFEM’s Young Executive Forum, a committee dedicated to developing the next generation of industry leaders. He served on the Member Services Advisory Council, and chaired the Market Studies Committee.

NAFEM’s highest honor, the William W. Carpenter’s Award, honoring a foodservice industry professional who has continually contributed to NAFEM’s success and to the enrichment of the industry for more than 20 years, was given to Larry Moon, CFSP, chairman & CEO, The Sandstone Group and Lakeside Mfg., West Milwaukee, Wis.

Over his quarter century in the industry, Moon has held a wide variety of roles with NAFEM, including committee member, committee chair and board member. He served two terms on the board of directors, was a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, and served as The NAFEM Show chair in 2005. He was instrumental in assisting the association with technology-related projects, including bar coding, programming, database development and IT strategies.

The awards were presented Feb. 6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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