Top Achievers

Top Achievers are award-worthy personalities in various segments of the foodservice equipment and supplies channel with a single common trait: an unflinching ability to provide value on the customer’s terms.

Browse the articles below or click for a list of past winners in the following categories: Dealer, Consultant, Service Agent, Manufacturers' Rep.

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.

2015 Top Achiever Dealer — Chuck Day, President, Manning Brothers Food Equipment

It's a good day if you're working — or chillin' — with Chuck Day. Clients can count on him for his sense of urgency and followup, while friends enjoy his funny jokes and upbeat personality. Actually, that's why many of his clients also count Day as a friend.

2015 Top Achiever Consultant — Tracy Taraski. Manager of Design Services, The Bigelow Companies, Kansas City, Mo.

Tracy Taraski's not one to carry on — especially about herself. Taraski leans toward the softer-spoken side, but anyone who fails to listen carefully risks missing her quick-witted jokes and years of foodservice and design wisdom. Working in the challenging sports foodservice arena — no pun intended — that wisdom comes in handy.

2015 Top Achiever Manufactuers Representative — Wayne Jones, Partner, The Hansen Group

Wayne Jones didn't start his career in foodservice equipment and supplies as a manufacturer's representative. In fact, he spent the first half of his 29 years in the sector in customer service and sales on the dealer/distributor side of the business.

2015 Top Achievers

One of the foodservice industry's most endearing traits remains the simple fact that it continues to reward those willing to work hard in an honest and thoughtful manner. And the sky's the limit for those who approach their roles with open minds and a willingness to learn. Such is the case with FE&S' 2015 Top Achiever Award recipients.

2015 Top Achiever Service Agent — Gary Petitti, President, Gary’s East Coast Service

Repair work has been part of Gary Petitti's life from the very beginning. As a child, Petitti went on service calls with his father, a television repairman. In high school, he studied industrial electronics, while in college it was computer electronics repair. Repair work — restoring antique cars and motorcycles — is even his hobby.

2014 Top Achievers

Hard working. Dedicated. Passionate. Driven to succeed. While any one of these traits apply to countless foodservice professionals, collectively they serve as the cornerstones of success for FE&S’ 2014 Top Achievers.

2014 Top Achiever – Dealer 2014: Drew O'Quinn

The Great Recession changed how many foodservice executives thought about their companies. Perhaps no one embraced these changes as much as Drew O'Quinn, vice president of Fayetteville, N.C.-based Thompson & Little and FE&S' Top Achiever-Dealer for 2014.

2014 Top Achiever – Consultant: Kristin Sedej, FCSI

A strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit helped Kristin Sedej forge her own path.

2014 Top Achiever – Manufacturers’ Rep: Chris Folz

Chris Folz survives and thrives in the foodservice industry by making very conscious and deliberate choices about the direction his company should take and identifying the correct path to get there. It's ironic, then, that FE&S' Top Achiever – Manufacturers' Representative for 2014 got into this business almost by accident.

2014 Top Achiever-Service Agent: Gary Potvin

Gary Potvin knows the importance of "life or death" timelines.

2013 Top Achievers

Today's foodservice equipment and supplies industry remains a vibrant and resilient place for those individuals with a vision, a willingness to embrace technology and the ability to recruit new generations of professionals into this dynamic environment. Nowhere is that more evident than in the stories behind FE&S' 2013 Top Achiever Award Recipients.

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