SHFM Recognizes Industry Excellence With Pair of Awards

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SHFM 2020-2021 President Damian Monticello with GuideWell presents the President's Awards. Courtesy of SHFM.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management (SHFM) recognized the best in the industry with a pair of awards, the 2021 President’s Award and the Robert Pacifico Award, during the SHFM President’s Banquet at the association’s national conference on Dec. 6-8 in Florida.

The Robert Pacifico Award is given to an associate member in recognition of “extended, exemplary and dedicated service to the society, his or her community and the corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality industry,” while the President’s Award, chosen by the president, honors those who have been “instrumental in the career of the president, assisted the president throughout his or her term or has served the organization as a whole and dedicated his or her time to (the) betterment of SHFM.”

Here’s a look at the 2021 recipients:

Robert Pacifico Award

Frank LaRusso, Lavazza Group

Davin Wickstrom, Vivreau Advanced Water Systems

President’s Award

Jeff Becker, Compass Group

Bob Kloeckner, Vivreau Advanced Water Systems

Amy Lewis, Kitchens to Go

Michael Moore, Restaurantware

Amy Bendekovits-Franks, JLL

Edward Lo, Volante Systems

Raquel Weiss Fusco, elite | studio e

Sumi DeBenedittis, PepsiCo Foodservice

Victoria Vega, Unidine Corp.

Danielle Pedersen, Volante Systems

Ben Anderson, GrubHub

Zee Moussa, ZeeTheCook Culinary Studio

Jessica Tantin, Aramark

Bobbi Capps, Aramark

Matthew Smythe, Aramark

Jeanine Cosgrove-Albert, At Your Service Staffing

In addition, SHFM recognized, for the first time, Innovation Showcase exhibitors who had the most innovative product or service and whose presentation featured new and/or future-forward ideas. A juried panel selected the Best of Show, and conference attendees voted for People’s Choice.

The winners for Best of Show:

Most innovative or forward-thinking product or service—Mashgin

Most innovative or forward-thinking exhibit—Deep River Snacks

The winners for People’s Choice:

Most innovative or forward-thinking product or service—Evanesce

Most innovative or forward-thinking exhibit—Nutrislice

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