New Chairman and Board Members Named at Annual Members Meeting

Referencing a recent commentary in Modern Distribution Management, “2018 is an Inflection Point,” FEDA’s Chairman Mason Greene noted that the Association is at a pivotal moment in its history as it works through a new governance plan and positions itself to respond to a wave of change ushered in by trends in digital transformation and analytics, generational shifts in leadership and M&A dynamics.

Greene, the president of Hotel & Restaurant Supply in Jackson, Miss., presented outgoing FEDA President Joe Schmitt and his wife, Geri, with a special award at the Annual Members Meeting before addressing the membership. “All these major trends are reaching a tipping point in the distribution industry,” he said. “Some of us are at the forefront driving these changes and others of us are working through them in different ways.”

As an Association, said Greene, “I’ve seen members engaged with a desire to see FEDA remain relevant and strong. This has been through giving candid feedback, stepping up to become more involved, and acknowledging that the mission of FEDA is critical. Raising our collective voice, raises the level of all of us.”

Underscoring the importance of member involvement, Outgoing President Joe Schmitt recognized the service of exiting officers, Brad Pierce of Restaurant Equipment World and Jay Ringelheim of Globe Equipment Co., along with the following outgoing board directors: David Ellingson of Bargreen Ellingson, Tim Schrack of TriMark Hockenbergs and Tom Wienclaw of TriMark USA.

New to the board of directors is a diverse group of industry professionals representing companies reflective of FEDA distributors’ depth in service capabilities and value-adds. Board director Eric Chaplick of Boelter was recently featured on the cover of the latest issue of News & Views. CEO Michael Kane heads powerhouse Canadian distributor Russell Hendrix. Gene Clark, who chairs FEDA’s Young Industry Leaders Council, is the president of Clark Foodservice Equipment. Ben Whitlock is the president of Mobile Fixture, one of the Southeast’s largest dealers. Also on the Young Industry Leaders Council, Eric Ellingson is vice president of Bargreen Ellingson and represents the third generation to manage the Tacoma, Wash.-based, distributor.

“I am excited for FEDA to continue this positive trajectory as we continue to execute a new strategic plan and pursue a fresh proactive advocacy agenda that aligns with the historic mission of FEDA,” said Greene.