Dealers, Manufacturers Recognized at FEDA’s Gold Awards Breakfast

The association acknowledged members who are advancing the industry through exemplary leadership and service.

Dave Stafford of Stafford-Smith presents the award to Krowne’s Lindsay Komsa (far left) and Kyle Forman (far right). Photo courtesy of FEDA.

FEDA recognized the outstanding achievements of its distributor and manufacturer members during its Gold Awards Breakfast, held during the association’s annual conference in October.

The program recognizes member companies and individuals who are advancing the foodservice equipment industry through exemplary leadership and service. Winners were selected based on an application process and the weighted scoring of performance in the areas of workplace practices, customer service and the development of young professionals.

The Gold Awards winners were as follows:

Spirit of Giving

Extraordinary Service
Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

Model Workplace
Zepole Supply Co.
The Vollrath Co.

Champion for Young Professionals
KaTom Restaurant Supply

Ascending Young Industry Leader
Cody Hearing, Hotel & Restaurant Supply
Daniel Langston, KaTom Restaurant Supply

Accomplished Young Industry Leader
Nikki Shishido, TriMark
Robert “Zack” Benson, TriMark

In addition to the Gold Awards, FEDA recognized the service of outgoing board member Tony Yeung, deputy CEO of Action Sales, and thanked those companies that have been part of the association for 50 and 25 years.

50-Year Member
Stafford-Smith, Inc.

25-Year Members
BFA Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
Dine Co.
Fein Brothers
Rapids Wholesale Foodservice Equipment
Skelton’s, Inc.

FEDA also welcomed many of its past presidents to the stage to share some of their experiences and memories as part of the association’s 90th-anniversary celebration.

Past Presidents
Marc Fuchs, Singer M. Tucker
Mason Greene, Hotel & Restaurant Supply
Bruce Gulbas, National Restaurant Supply
Michael Keck, Concept Services
Brad Pierce, Restaurant Equipment World
Joe Schmitt, Rapids Wholesale Equipment (represented by Eric Schmitt)



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