FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
Education Strengthens Businesses and Connects them to Customers

CHAIRMAN's MESSAGE
Lean on Employee Knowledge When Considering Digital Tools

MISSION FORWARD
Full Speed Ahead Thanks to FEDA Members, Partners, and Friends
MEMBER NEWS
TRIMARK CEO RETIRING AFTER FOUR DECADES
Marie Ffolkes to assume leadership of the company at the end of the month.

TRIMARK STRATEGIC OPENS TEST KITCHEN
Facility will host events, training sessions, and product and menu development for clients.

HOSHIZAKI HIRES SENIOR VP
Chris Karssien praised for leadership and strategic planning strength.

FEDA EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDS 22 SCHOLARSHIPS
Members to attend four-day University of Innovative Distribution in March.

TWO FEDA MEMBERS WIN FER MANAGEMENT AWARDS
KaTom honored in large dealer category, while Curtis Restaurant Equipment recognized among small dealers.

LONGTIME ALTO-SHAAM CHEF RETIRES
Well-traveled Nic Tsikis was responsible for training and demonstrating Alto-Shaam equipment.

NEW MEMBER Q&A: VEND LEASE
Vend Lease offers more than 40 years of experience in equipment leasing solutions.

HERITAGE PARTS RETREAT DISCUSSES DISRUPTION
FEDA YIL members learn from CEO John McDonough’s experience in guiding the parts distributor through the shift to e-commerce.

CURTIS RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT ADDS TO SALES TEAM
Brad Fish and Rouchelle Severeid join Boise branch.

HOSHIZAKI AMERICA EXECUTIVES DELIVER 830 TURKEYS TO EMPLOYEES
Manufacturer has collected more than 43,000 pounds of canned food in three years.

VOLLRATH'S PAUL BARTELT OPENS UP ABOUT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES TO FEDA YIL MEMBERS
CEO encourages group to build relationships and allow employees to learn from mistakes.

INDUSTRY NEWS
NRA APPOINTS INTERIM CEO
Marvin Irby takes over following Dawn Sweeney’s retirement at the end of 2019.

SLOWER GROWTH REPORTED IN MAFSI BUSINESS BAROMETER
Quarterly measurement misses expectations, but reps believe sales will pick up in 2020.

ON THE MOVE
Globe, Standex RSG, and Henny Penny announce hires and promotions.

CFESA TRAINING COURSES FOR MARCH
Classes aimed at entry-level employees and those in management positions.

SMART CARE ACQUIRES TURBO TECHNICIANS
Rapid expansion of speed oven market made Texas repair provider an attractive addition.

SALES UP IN NRA PERFORMANCE INDEX
Monthly measurement of industry’s health hits eight-month high.

HENNY PENNY HIRES CFO
Brian Silverberg to use financial experience to help manufacturer improve processes and support growth.

MCDONALD'S NAMES PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL
Ian Borden to oversee all international markets for fast-food giant.

MIDDLEBY CORP. ACQUIRES ESPRESSO MACHINE MAKER
Seattle-based Synesso adds diversity and innovation to Middleby’s coffee brands.

U.S. CHAMBER RELEASES Q4 SMALL BUSINESS INDEX
Owners see economy as healthy and reached a new high for increasing staff, report says.

2020 FEDA Annual Conference

Chairman's Message
The FEDA Annual Conference is the Premier Place to Share Challenges and Develop New Ideas

Our Will to Win
Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec Conference Keynote to Discuss the Skills Needed to Keep Pace With Change

Gold Awards Dinner to Honor Innovation and Success
Six Awards Will Recognize Achievements of FEDA Members and Partners, Kicking Off the 2020 Annual Conference

Insights into Operators
Taco Bell Division CEO Mark King to Explain the Changing Needs of Restaurants at the FEDA Annual Conference

LEARN Sessions Aim for Actionable Insights
Conference Programs Designed to Engage Distributors and Dealers Around Shared Challenges

Building Leadership
YILs Engage with Industry Chiefs at FEDA Conference as They Learn to Lead the Way


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Achieving the Best You by Being a Lifelong Learner

EMPHASIZING EDUCATION  
Five Innovative Ways Dealers are Engaging Customers

A NEW REALITY   
The Growing Impact of VR and AR Technology in Foodservice

MODELING HOSPITALITY
New UNLV Hospitality College Facility Opens Opportunities
 
THE AGENDA — FEDA ADVOCACY COUNCIL
FEDA Priorities Range from Tariffs to Workforce Shortages

THE AGENDA — FEDA YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADERS    
YIL Members Talk Qualities of Effective Leaders
 
THE AGENDA — FEDA EDUCATION COMMITTEE  
Learn Institute Introduce Online Learning and Communities

OUT OF THE BOX
AI is Making Automatically Written Company Reports a Reality

OPERATIONS
Constructing a Central Source of Information

OPERATIONS  
NextGen Sales Tools