Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAR 2018

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10 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MARCH 2018 people & events FE&S Names 2018 Award Winners F oodservice Equipment & Supplies named Boelter its 2018 Dealer of the Year and Kathleen Seelye of Ricca Design Studios the recipient of the magazine's Hall of Fame Award. In addition, the magazine announced the winners of its 2018 Top Achiever Awards, including the first-ever opera- tor to receive this recognition. FE&S' 2018 Operator Top Achievers are: • Top Achiever – Operator: Mary Angela Miller, admin- istrative director, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio • Top Achiever – Dealer: Joe Schmitt, president, Rapids and Affiliates, Marion, Iowa • Top Achiever – Consultant: Christine Guyott, princi- pal, Rippe Associates, Minneapolis • Top Achiever – Service Agent: Glenn Clark Jr., presi- dent and CEO, Clark Service Group Inc., Lancaster, Pa. • Top Achiever – Rep: Dave Kuelpman, President, KLH Marketing, Anaheim, Calif. FE&S will present these awards during its 2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place the evening of May 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Dealer of the Year During the past 6 years, Boelter has grown its business to more than $355 million in annual revenues from $186 mil- lion, making it the 5th largest foodservice equipment and supplies dealer in the country, according to FE&S' Distribu- tion Giants Study. "Due to its honesty and integrity, Boelter has a well-honed reputation with operators throughout the foodservice industry," said Maureen Slocum, FE&S' pub- lisher. "Across its many locations, the company remains true to its culture as its management team continues to provide the dealer's frontline personnel the necessary tools to support their operator customers, regardless of whether they are a chain, independent or institutional operator. This unified approach allows Boelter to provide value on the customers' terms and make it a desired trading partner for the many factories the company works with." FE&S previously presented Boelter with its Dealer of the Year Award in 2005 and 1990. Hall of Fame Award "Kathleen's thoughtful leadership continues to set the standard for excel- lence among consultants and all mem- bers of the foodservice industry," Slocum said. "Kathleen is known for her passion and commitment to the entire foodser- vice industry and a willingness to share her knowledge and expertise with others. She is undeniably a trailblazer and we look forward to celebrating her success as an FE&S Hall of Fame Award winner." Seelye has more than 30 years of culinary experience and joined Ricca in 1984. Working from Ricca Design Studios' Denver headquarters, she provides leadership in the firm's busi- ness and design practices both in the U.S. and in Shanghai. In addition, Seelye has served as the lead designer on 11 award- winning projects. In fact, Seelye was part of a project team that earned top honors in FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Year competition in 2013 for her work on University of Wisconsin Madison – Union South. Seelye was the first female elected to serve as president of the Foodservice Consultants Society International, the first woman elected to FCSI's Council of Fellows and the first LEED- certified foodservice consultant in the United States. She was also the first woman presented with FE&S' Top Achiever- Consultant Award, which was then referred to as a Young Lion. Top Achiever Awards "Each of FE&S' 2018 Top Achiever Award recipients are more than leaders within their own businesses," said Joseph Carbonara, FE&S' editorial director. "Their selfless, forward- thinking and collaborative approach continues to drive the industry forward. They do so by embracing technology, working side by side with their supply chain partners and peers and being excellent ambassadors for not only their respective segments but for the overall foodservice industry." FE&S is able to present its 2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala thanks to the generous support of its three platinum sponsors: True Refrigeration, Unified Brands and Welbilt. Kathleen Seelye

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