Always an impressive group of go-getters, this year’s crop of Top Achievers does not disappoint. They also do not miss a beat when it comes to motivating teams, contributing to the greater good of their segments of the industry and, of course, achieving success in all measures within their primary roles.
Never underestimate the power of networking — even when it’s done late at night over a few drinks. After all, that’s what led Christopher East and Duane Guidry to start Chrane Foodservice Solutions in 2008 and look at Chrane now. The regional rep group serving Texas and Oklahoma has become a model for how to be successful while treating clients and employees with respect. And to think it all began with an after-hours gripe session.
Refrigerated Specialists Inc. (RSI) has been a part of Katie Green’s life for almost as long as she can remember. Her father is a former service technician with the Dallas-area company. As a child in the 1990s, she would spend some weekends with her dad on service calls — “before there were a lot of strict OSHA rules,” Green says.
Gina Brinegar and Costel Coca embarked on their leadership of Webb Foodservice Design in a time of stress and sorrow. Company founder Jim Webb had carefully set up a succession plan to help prepare for his death, but there was no way to really be ready to shoulder that kind of responsibility.
When Mason Greene was attending Mississippi State University (MSU), he was a member of the Bulldogs’ men’s tennis program. During his time in Starkville, Miss., Greene did very well for himself. Not only did he garner both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, he also was selected for the Southeastern Conference’s All-Academic Team in tennis.
David Reeves and his wife Carolyn always hoped to retire to Florida. Though they weren’t ready to retire, when a job position opened up at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Fla., Reeves jumped at the opportunity to move to the Sunshine State. He started his position as system director, food and nutrition services with Lee Health on Oct. 5, 2020.
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the recipients of its 2021 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.
Raised on a small family farm in central Indiana, Keith Kidwell thought he knew the trajectory his life would take after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural sales and marketing.
If you know Scott Reitano, you know his laugh — it’s easily heard from across a room. “Scott has never entered a room and not owned it immediately,” says friend of 34 years and design principal Chris Wair, who joined Reitano Design Group (RDG) in 2017.