Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI, president emeritus for Cini•Little International, the recipient of the magazine’s 2021 Hall of Fame Award.
Eisenbarth’s time with Cini•Little began in 1977 and during the next four-plus decades with the Maryland-based foodservice consulting firm he held a wide range of senior leadership positions. In 2019 Eisenbarth was named Cini•Little CEO and served as president and COO until his retirement last fall. As part of a planned succession strategy, Kathleen Held took over as Cini•Little’s CEO in the spring of 2020. Eisenbarth, though, remains active with the Maryland-based foodservice consulting firm.
Over the course of his career Eisenbarth has designed food and beverage facilities for hotels and resorts, higher-education campuses, stadiums, arenas and convention centers, and corporate dining operations. In addition, Eisenbarth was generous with his time, serving two terms on the board of directors for the Foodservice Consultants Society International. He also has served as a judge for the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovation Awards for the past five years.
“Through a thoughtful, hard-working and ethical approach to foodservice design, Richard Eisenbarth has built a hall of fame career,” said Joe Carbonara, FE&S’ editorial director. “His professional yet easygoing manner make him someone everyone wants to work with, whether it’s on a project, as part of FCSI or anything else. Operators, consultants and other members of the supply chain all benefit from his knowledge and expertise. Dick is proof positive that nice guys can finish first.”
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award for doing what I enjoy doing, mentoring and helping my peers and clients achieve their goals,” said Eisenbarth.
The FE&S Dealer of the Year and All Industry Awards Gala recognizes the foodservice community’s brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry’s most time-honored awards, including the FE&S Dealer of the Year, Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.