Top Achievers

Top Achievers are award-worthy personalities with a single common trait: an unflinching ability to provide value on the customer’s terms.


Click for a list of past winners in the following categories: Dealer, Consultant, Service Agent, Manufacturers' Rep and Operator.

The class of 2024 FE&S Top Achievers represents a group of individuals who not only know how to get things done but know how to inspire those around them in the process of achieving their own remarkable results. Their legacies will be rooted in their collective passion, work ethic, and the way they moved the industry forward.

Roberto Clemente was known for his excellence on the baseball field, playing on a team that won two championships and being one of the absolute best at what he did. Clemente is also famous for this quote: “Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”

Angela S. Petitti co-founded Gary’s East Coast Service with her husband — the Gary in Gary’s East Coast Service — out of the family’s garage in 1994.

Campus dining at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has long been known as a foodservice leader in the college and university segment. That makes Jill Horst’s elevation of the program that much more impressive as she continues to move the needle even further at UCSB while also influencing campus dining across the country.

Orlando Espinosa took an unusual route to becoming an independent foodservice design consultant — and he believes that’s the secret to his career success. It stems from his extraordinarily extensive reach on foodservice projects globally.

There was never any doubt in Marc Israel’s mind about where his career path would lead.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies recognized the accomplishments of five foodservice professionals by naming them the recipients of its 2024 Top Achiever Awards. These individual awards recognize professionals from five industry segments for their abilities to not only run market-leading companies but also raise the level of professionalism for the industry overall.

With deep expertise in their respective fields, the 2023 FE&S Top Achievers rise above their peers as they continually move the bar for themselves, their teams and, ultimately, the foodservice industry. This year’s Top Achievers are unapologetic about their passion for their careers, their families, and the industry at large. The way each of these individuals advances every area they touch, from clients to team members, is truly inspirational.

Thomas “TJ” Coker, director of operations with Villa Park, Ill.-based Coker Service, has a lifelong connection to the foodservice equipment industry. His uncle, Mike Coker, founded Coker Service in 1984 and TJ started his career with the firm straight out of high school.