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.

2011 Top Achiever-Service Agent Dan Farmer

2011 Top Achiever-Consultant- Douglas Huber & Lawrence Huber

2011 Top Achiever-Dealer- Howard Margulies

2010 Service Agent Top Achiever: John Schwindt

John Schwindt
Vice President of Operations
Hawkins Commercial Appliance Service
Englewood, Colo.
Service Agent

2010 Manufacturer's Rep Top Achiever: Carl Boutilier

Carl Boutilier, President
Mirkovich & Associates
Lombard, Ill.
Manufacturers’ Rep

2010 Consultant Top Achiever: James Camacho

James Camacho, President
Camacho Associates

2010 Dealer Top Achiever: Marc Tell

Marc Tell, President and CEO
The Sam Tell Companies
Farmingdale, N.Y.

FE&S’ 2010 Top Achievers: Leading By Example

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies 2009 Top Achievers: A Commitment to Excellence

In an industry as vast and diverse as foodservice, one can measure success in countless ways. From sales growth to impact on their markets served to giving back to the foodservice industry at-large, FE&S' 2009 class of Top Achievers has achievers continues to accomplish all of this and much more.

2009 Top Achiever: Sean Girard and Paul Swanson Jr.

Sean Girard and Paul Swanson, Jr.
Principals, Swanson-Girard and Associates, Charlotte, NC – Manufacturers' Rep

"It was just us girls," recalls Sean Girard of the spring day in 1999 he and Paul Swanson Jr. opened their foodservice manufacturers' rep group, Swanson-Girard and Associates, in Charlotte, N.C. "Representing just two product lines, we were sitting around praying for the fax machine to ring. Every order was a celebration."

Fast forward ten years and the partners continue to celebrate. Swanson-Girard's revenues now total $28 million annually, boosted by a 2005 acquisition that doubled the number of the firm's employees. Not content to rest on their success, the duo continues to invest in the company, updating their document storage system and signing an agreement with a popular chef to demonstrate the equipment lines they sell.

2009 Top Achiever: Wayne C. Stoutner

Wayne C. Stoutner
President, Appliance Installation & Service Corp., Buffalo, N.Y. – Service Agent

Those contemplating climbing the heights of service-agent success should heed the words of Wayne Stoutner. "People don't get out of this industry. If you are doing a real good job for a regional manager at one chain, say, and that person moves to another multi-unit operator, this individual might bring the business from this new company to you," he says.

A good job consists of many factors, Stoutner concedes, but he insists foodservice technicians understand one important point: When they finish, they wipe their fingerprints off equipment and clean up after themselves. "That's the kind of professionalism that differentiates us from those who may charge less," he explains. Translation: Don't behave like the guys in the beat-up vans.

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