The FER Industry Awards include the Young Lion Awards, recognizing young, rising stars who’ve already had a meaningful impact on the industry, and the Industry Service Awards, honoring individuals who have made substantial, career-long contributions to the industry. The program also includes the Management Excellence Awards, acknowledging excellence in the management of unit and facilities development, design, equipment-and-supplies purchasing and maintenance functions in foodservice operations, among other qualities.
In his early 30s, Joe Schmitt came to the realization that he wasn’t happy with the career path he was on as a CPA and a banker. Looking around for a new challenge, he was presented with the opportunity to buy Rapids Wholesale.
Five years ago, Richard Eisenbarth joined with a group of professionals in the foodservice design industry to create the Foodservice Design BootCamp. The idea was to educate facility managers and operators about the design process to help their large, noncommercial projects to run smoothly.
During his eight years on the equipment innovations side at Arby’s, Cryan and his team have partnered with suppliers to “Arby-tize” cook-hold ovens, fryers and beyond in pursuit of a more efficient cookline.
Battling the elements and going on calls with technicians is just one example of Poulin’s hands-on approach to business that has helped Pine Tree Food Equipment grow and find continued success in the ever-changing foodservice industry.
Ever since starting out as a sales rep at Trademark Equipment and Supplies after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Marcotte has dedicated himself to understanding the industry and the equipment.
Jim Sherman, director of sales at Vulcan Food Equipment, experienced first-hand the dedication to customer service and thoroughness Curtis Restaurant Equipment brings to the table when working together on a renovation of the kitchen and demonstration restaurant at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.
Lorn Hagar began Hagar Restaurant Service, a factory-authorized warranty and repair service provider for more than 200 manufacturers, in Oklahoma City 63 years ago, working from his garage until opening the first shop in 1971.