Andrew Shakman is co-founder of LeanPath, Inc., a waste management consulting firm to the foodservice industry. Shakman helps foodservice managers across the U.S. measure and report on food waste in order to raise staff awareness, change production procedures, and ultimately save on food purchases while operating more sustainable facilities. Previously, Shakman was president and CEO of Nine Dots, a technology firm serving various food clients. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A from the University of Southern California and is a regular speaker at various foodservice industry events. In this FE&S Says Who article, Shakman takes a look at his career, the foodservice industry and much more.

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FE&S: What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Andrew Shakman: Dare to pursue your biggest dreams and never let fear of failure get in the way. Taking risks is a normal and necessary part of making progress.

FE&S: Finish this sentence: Nobody knows I...

Andrew Shakman: Originally planned to be a film producer and began my working life at a Hollywood studio.

FE&S: When traveling for business, what is one of your favorite past times?

Andrew Shakman: Going for a run in a new city or unfamiliar terrain can be a great adventure.

FE&S: Other than your own, name the foodservice company that you admire most and why?

Andrew Shakman: Sustainable foodservice is my passion and both Truitt Bros. and Hobart do a superb job in this area, providing educational materials, learning opportunities, and venues for operators to be recognized for their efforts. They are both doing a great job moving the industry forward.

FE&S: If I were just starting out in the foodservice industry, what advice would you give me?

Andrew Shakman: Deliver on your commitments. Ask for advice and help others whenever possible. Don’t burn bridges. Focus on your role as part of a team — we all succeed together.

Click here to read part one of the interview with Andrew Shakman.


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