In 2003 FE&S renamed its Young Lions Award to the present day Top Achiever Award. Click here for a for a list of past Young Lions winners.
Psychiatric social worker. Wine and cheese class teacher. Cooking school and catering company owner. Vice president of foodservice and product development for a high-end supermarket chain and marketing director for a natural foods company. Food and beverage director for Starbucks. Restaurant chain menu development director. And now, MAS consultant and principal of her own firm, Culinary Options, Inc.
Before foodservice equipment took center stage in Mark LeBerte's professional life, there was music. Rhythm and blues mixed with soul and jazz, to be specific. Servicing restaurant equipment for Pizza Hut was a side gig "to support a music habit" for LeBerte, now president and CEO of ATECH in Nashville.
When talking with Joe McDonald, the conversation always circles back to others. The team at E3: co-partners Joe Burbine and Ken Lawler, along with Tom Lawler, Jeannie Yacino, Michelle Clary, Jane Roach, and Chef Phil Moricone. Jessica, his wife of seven years and their children, four-year-old Emily and seven-week old twins Tatum and Tucker. An extraordinarily humble and gracious person, it's no wonder that so many in the industry respect Joe McDonald.
Social worker. Wine distributor. Musician. Restaurant manager. Our 2012 Top Achievers all followed different career paths but they all led to the same place: the top of the foodservice industry. In fact, one trait our four Top Achievers share is an innate ability to use their previous experiences, many from outside the foodservice industry, and lessons learned to help shape the success they enjoy today.