Awards and Recognition

2020 Industry Service Award Winner Joe Schmitt

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.

2020 Industry Service Award Winner Michael Posternak

Michael Posternak has served as a member of MAFSI since he started working as a manufacturers’ rep in the late 1970s.

2020 FER Industry Service Award Winner Erik Koenig

CFESA is launching a marketing strategy in 2020, and Erik Koenig has played an integral role in the development of the branding, storytelling and marketing tools that make up that strategy.

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2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Adam Jarboe

As senior sourcing lead for equipment at Chick-fil-A, Adam Jarboe works with many dealers and manufacturers, and relationships with all of them are key, he says.

2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Tiffany McCleese

"Tiffany is one of those people who, when faced with something she doesn’t know about, is relentless in learning about it," says one of her colleagues.

2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Laura K. Lentz, FCSI

A diverse background is part of what helps Lentz bring a unique viewpoint to her work, designing projects that bring the customer experience to life.

2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Kurt Maschari

Kurt Maschari wears many hats, including designer, sales manager and project manager. What makes him stand out is a talent that helps with each of these jobs and more—his ability to solve problems.

2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Mitch Marcotte

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.

2020 Young Lion Award Winner: Dan Poulin

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.

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