Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAY 2017

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6 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MAY 2017 publisher's perspective Come What May … M ay is a big month here at FE&S and naturally we have a big issue, chock-full of terrific stories. May, of course, also means the National Restaurant Association Show is coming to Chicago's McCormick Place. The event runs May 20-23. Naturally, we will once again host FE&S' Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala the evening of Sat., May 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. It promises to be a memorable evening for those new to the event as well as those who have attended many times over the years. We have a wonderful roster of award winners in 2017, ranging from household names in the industry to up-and-comers new to the FE&S stage. And, to keep you on your toes, we've even sprinkled in a few surprises. Our choice for 2017 Dealer of the Year, Johnson-Lancaster and Associates, falls into the second category as it's been flying a bit under the radar. Many readers will learn about this company for the first time in this issue. Joe Carbonara tells their outstanding story beginning on page 30. Mark Freeman of Microsoft Global Dining will become the second operator to receive FE&S' Hall of Fame Award. (Read about Mark in the April issue of FE&S.) David Ellingson of Bargreen-Ellingson will be honored as a Top Achiever — Dealer for his emergence as the latest leader of a family company that has twice earned recognition as FE&S' Dealer of the Year. Other foodservice professionals that will receive Top Achiever Awards include consultant Beth Kuczera of Equipment Dynamics Inc., manufacturers' representa- tive Stacey Stahl from Ritten Associates and service agent Paul Toukatly of Duffy's Equipment Services. Representatives from Ricca Design and Ohio University will accept the Facility Design Project of the Year Award for their leading-edge work on The District on West Green in Boyd Hall at Ohio University (page 52). One of the biggest surprises of the night will be when we announce the 2017 DSR of the Year, chosen from among a very impressive group of 12 DSRs of the Month from 2016. You can also read about a contender for 2017's DSR of the Year in this issue: Cliff Macbeth of CMA Restaurant Supply and Design on page 123. It should be a great night! For those of you who can't be with us in person, we promise to bring you full coverage on social media, in print and at fesmag.com to make you feel as if you were. All the best, We have a wonderful roster of award winners in 2017, ranging from household names in the industry to up-and-comers new to the FE&S stage. Maureen M. Slocum, Publisher

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