FEDA celebrated the unique achievements of its distributor and manufacturer members at the Gold Awards Dinner, which was held Sept. 21 at the Grand Hyatt Nashville during the 2021 FEDA Annual Conference. The awards were presented by FEDA Chairman Michael Keck, president of Concept Services, and representing Gold Awards Dinner sponsor ITW Food Equipment Group was Gary Simpson, senior vice president of U.S. sales.
The Gold Awards Dinner recognizes members and individuals who are advancing the foodservice equipment and supplies industry through exemplary leadership and service. Winners were selected based on an application process and the weighted scoring of performance in the areas of workplace practices, customer service and the development of young professionals. The award recipients were each given a special Tiffany glass award plate commemorating their achievement, which FEDA hopes will inspire all members to continue their efforts to strengthen their organizations and elevate the entire foodservice equipment and supplies industry.
The Gold Awards winners are as follows:
Presented to members that have created a dynamic and unique workplace culture that attracts and retains talent and develops future industry leaders.
Dealer/Distributor: Ace Mart Restaurant Supply
Presented to members whose customer-service program provides an extraordinary experience for operators, suppliers or dealers, and service reps and has contributed to the company’s success.
Champion for Young Professionals
Presented to members whose model leadership and achievements have promoted the attraction and retention of talented young professionals.
Dealer/Distributor: Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies
Manufacturer: Beverage-Air Corporation
Ascending Young Industry Leader
Presented to young professionals, age 21-33, who have demonstrated growth in leadership ability in innovation; project management; professional or employee development; or community impact.
Alex Martz, TriMark SS Kemp
Rachel See, TundraFMP
Evan Priesel, Univex
Accomplished Young Industry Leader
Presented to young professionals, age 34-46, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and accomplishments in innovative company initiatives; research; product, services or systems development; employee development; or other unique accomplishments that have contributed to the company’s success.
Igor Keric, Restaurant Design & Equipment
Joshua Grung, TriMark Chicago/MN
Will Means, Champion Industries, an Ali Group Company
In addition to the Gold Awards, FEDA recognized the service of the outgoing members of the FEDA Board of Directors and thanked those companies that have been part of the association for 25 years.
Outgoing Members of the FEDA Board of Directors
Huff Harper, president, Oswalt Restaurant Supply
Tricia Dambrauskas, executive vice president, B&G Restaurant Supply
Drew O’Quinn, president, Singer T&L
Restaurant & Store Equipment Co.
March Quality New & Pre-Owned Foodservice Equipment
Standard Restaurant Supply