Selecting the recipient of FE&S' Dealer of the Year award is something we never take lightly. We feel the weight of responsibility to get it right on behalf of everyone involved. For the dealer community, the awards themselves have become a big deal, as much due to the high regard in which past winners are held as anything else. For our advertising partners, it has become an important opportunity to say thank you to the kind of partner that the Dealer of the Year exemplifies. Especially in today's challenging environment, as the forces of change seemingly pressure the traditional supply chain model on every side, the need to recognize and appreciate what represents the ideal industry partner seems particularly relevant.
Given the need to get it right, it is extremely gratifying to have this important selection met with such widespread industry support. And, that is certainly the case with this year's Dealer of the Year recipient, Singer Equipment Company of Elverson, Pa. I am confident you will enjoy reading all about what makes Singer Equipment Co. unique and what makes this third-generation family business truly deserving of this year's honor .
Also, in this issue, we recognize the project team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Union South with FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Year award. This article highlights the project that our panel of esteemed foodservice professionals feels is best of the best and then details exactly what they like about the winning project. We select the winner of this award based on the facility design project of the month articles FE&S showcased the previous year.
Our facility design project of the month has become one of the most widely read FE&S departments month in and month out for a variety of reasons. The facility design articles resonate with readers, at least in part, due to the fact that each project manages to touch on so many critical industry issues within a single offering. Each article provides insights into current design trends, product specification, decision making processes and more. Basically, each and every facility design article offers a glimpse into how projects really get done.
As many of you already know, we are in the midst of our 65th anniversary celebration. And this year's Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala on May 18, the Saturday of the National Restaurant Association Show, at The Four Seasons–Chicago may be our best event yet. For those of you unable to attend, we will have extensive coverage of the event in the coming months. Also, look out for our video coverage on fesmag.com.