FROM THE EDITOR
Want to Future-Proof Your Company? Hire a Hybrid

CHAIRMAN's MESSAGE
Equipment Distribution Offers Opportunities for Young Talent

MISSION FORWARD
Mentor Up, Mentor Down — It's Good for Business
MEMBER NEWS
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.

NEW MEMBER Q&A: BIZERBA
Bizerba touts robust outlook for serving foodservice equipment industry.

CLARK ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES FOR 2020
Owner Fred Clark stepping into chairman role as next generation moves up.

MEMBER Q&A: CONTINENTAL REFRIGERATOR
Continental President Brian Kelly sees digital controls and wireless technology as the future of foodservice equipment.

AVANTI HIRES INDUSTRY VETERAN GARY COBURN AS COO
Coburn to manage in-house design studio and other operations.

STUDENTS VISIT WELBILT FACILITIES FOR MANUFACTURING DAY 2019
Global equipment maker participates in national initiative to encourage the next generation of manufacturers.

DDI SYSTEM RELEASES UPDATED VERSION OF INFORM ERP SOFTWARE
New features include a modern user interface, dashboard tiles, and proposal doc creator.

INDUSTRY NEWS
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.

CFESA HOLDING ICE MACHINE REPAIR TRAINING IN JANUARY
Five-Day program to feature factory trainers from five manufacturers.

MIAMI "EATERTAINMENT" PROJECT SELECTS GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Punch Bowl Social expected to open in 2020.

EATERS SEEKING MODERN TWISTS ON CLASSIC FOODS, NPD FINDS
Study Shows 16 Percent of Consumers Using Plant-Based Alternatives

HENNY PENNY BEGINS LARGEST EXPANSION IN COMPANY HISTORY
150,000-square-foot project will increase existing space by 35 percent at Ohio campus.

MASTER-BILT NAMES NEW VP OF SALES
Steve Gill Brings 15 Years of Experience to Role

BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER  
Top Foodservice Executives Offer Tips for Aspiring Leaders

IMPACTFUL INTERNSHIPS   
3 Companies Share Tips for Building Internship Programs

MOTIVATING GEN Z  
What Recent College Grads Look for in Their First Job

THE AGENDA — FEDA EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Learning Opportunities Must Be "Worthy" of Everyone's Time
 
THE AGENDA — FEDA ADVOCACY COUNCIL
FEDA Members Travel to Capitol to Seed Distributor Support

THE AGENDA — TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE   
FEDA and AQ to Examine Industry Data Standardization Needs
 
THE AGENDA — FEDA YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADERS
Details Set for Fall YIL Retreats

OUT OF THE BOX
Recruitment and Retention in a Tight Labor Market

OPERATIONS
Six Ways Tech is Changing Sales

OPERATIONS  
Using AI to Recruit

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS   
Embracing Opportunities with Tech