Hall of Fame

Awarded irregularly, the Hall of Fame award is FE&S magazine’s way of recognizing individuals who have contributed to the good of the industry throughout their career by achieving exceptional results while operating with a great deal of personal integrity.

Browse the articles below of click here for a for a list of past winners.

FE&S’ 2017 Hall of Fame Award Winner: Mark Freeman, Senior Manager of Global Dining Services, Microsoft

It takes a visit to Microsoft's three-square-mile campus in Redmond, Wash., to fully appreciate the enormous effect Mark Freeman has had on the quality of life there and, by extension, the broader on-site foodservice industry. Throughout his 37-year career, but especially during his 11-year tenure as senior manager of global dining services at Microsoft — where he's been empowered to lead a virtual dining revolution — Freeman has quietly risen to icon status.

FE&S' 2016 Hall of Fame William V. “Bill” Eaton, Chairman of the Board Cini-Little

From foodservice to the farm

2015 Hall of Famer Ken Gill: A Serial Entrepreneur

Meet Ken Gill, FE&S' 2015 Hall of Fame Award Winner. During the course of Gill's illustrious career he sold grocery store equipment; opened and ran a successful, multi-location restaurant and started one of the foodservice industry's most successful and respected equipment dealerships, among many other business ventures. Along the way Gill earned the respect of his colleagues, competitors and even suppliers. Even today, he shows no signs of slowing down. What makes FE&S' 2015 Hall of Famer tick? Read on to find out.

An Architect of Simplicity: FE&S Hall of Fame Inductee Tom Ricca

Emphasizing hard work, integrity, collaboration and relationships has helped Tom Ricca create a legacy that’s second to none and has earned him recognition as FE&S’ 2014 Hall of Fame Award recipient.

2013 Hall of Fame: Martin Cowley, Senior Manager, Design and Construction, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

It all starts with the story. This is the Disney way, and it has been for decades.

2012 Hall of Fame Award Winner: David Stafford Sr., CEO, Stafford-Smith Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich.

Thirty years ago David Stafford Sr. bought Stafford-Smith Inc., a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, from his father, and the company has been on the rise ever since. Under Dave's leadership the company has expanded the services it offers and has steadily extended its reach throughout the country.

FES 2011 Hall of Fame, Tom Schrack Sr., CEO, Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply Co., Omaha, Neb

Treating customers, suppliers and employees all the same, Hockenbergs' Tom Schrack has built a career with honesty, integrity, charity and faith as its cornerstones. And now it has earned Schrack recognition as FE&S' 2011 Hall of Fame Award Winner.

Tom Schrack-Man of Charity

As much as honesty, integrity and family are among the defining traits of Tom Schrack Sr., so too is his generosity. From local nonprofit organizations to his church to keeping the memories of two former Hockenbergs employees alive, Schrack's charitable nature is seemingly limitless.

Family Mattters: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

While Tom Schrack Sr. is the leader of the family business, it is his wife Mary that serves as the stabilizing factor at home for FE&S' 2011 Hall of Fame Award winner.

FE&S 2010 Hall of Fame Award Winner Jerry Greene of Hotel & Restaurant Supply

Throughout a career marked by honesty, integrity and humility, Jerry Greene has quietly built Hotel & Restaurant Supply into a powerhouse dealership in the Southeast.

2009 FE&S Hall of Fame Inductee: Bill Boelter

Incorporating a servant-leader philosophy, Bill Boelter has created a dealership that has helped influence the foodservice industry.

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