- Published: May 1, 2019
- Written by Rebecca Kilbreath
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.
Entrepreneurial. Thoughtful. Humble. Each of FE&S’ 2019 Top Achievers possess these qualities and more. They all followed a different path to their current positions but it’s these attributes, paired with an unwavering customer focus, that keep this group of five foodservice professionals at the top of their respective games. Indeed, it’s not only what they do but how they do it that positively impacts their customers, supply chain partners, companies and the overall foodservice industry.
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Foodservice Equipment & Supplies will present five foodservice professionals with its 2019 Top Achiever Awards. These awards recognize excellence among foodservice consultants, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers’ reps, operators and service agents.
“I get up at 4:30 and go to work every day because of the excitement of the unknown,” says Joe Schmitt, president of Rapids Wholesale and Affiliates, based in Marion, Iowa. “Every day there is something new and challenging for our customers, our employees, ourselves.”
When Christine Guyott took a personality test during an Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) preconference workshop, she learned her greatest strength is “maximizing.” This makes sense given her tireless involvement in AHF and other volunteer activities, and of course, her feverish dedication to her projects and long-time clients.
She may describe herself as an accidental administrator and foodservice professional — her sights were initially set on clinical work in nutrition and dietetics — but there’s no accident behind Mary Angela Miller being the first foodservice operator to be honored with an FE&S Top Achiever Award. During her 28-year tenure at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) Miller has proven time and again that getting things done, building effective teams, embracing change and digging deep to pull actionable solutions out of complex, often chaotic circumstances, is both her strength and her passion.