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FE&S Names 2023 Top Achiever Award Recipients

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies recognized the accomplishments of five foodservice professionals by naming them the recipients of its 2023 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.

The winners of the FE&S 2023 Top Achiever Awards are:

Top Achiever – Dealer: Jamie Arguello, president, Gradys Foodservice

Top Achiever – Consultant: Juan Martinez, FCSI, Ph.D., co-founder and principal, Profitality Labor Guru

Top Achiever – Operator: Shannon Solomon, director of nutrition services, Aurora Public Schools

Top Achiever – Manufacturers’ Rep: Tom Mitchell, principal, TLC Marketing Inc.

Top Achiever – Service Agent: TJ Coker, director of operations, Coker Service Inc.

“Genuine. Thoughtful. Hard working. Innovative. Passionate. There’s no shortage of ways to describe the recipients of FE&S 2023 Top Achiever Awards,” said Joseph M. Carbonara, editorial director for FE&S. “No matter how you view each of this year’s Top Achievers, there’s no denying through their selfless contributions they make the foodservice industry a better place.”

Each Top Achiever will be on hand to accept their award during the FE&S 2023 Dealer of the Year & All-Industry Awards Gala, which will take place Saturday, May 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

“As leaders within their businesses, the five Top Achievers continue to lead by example as they continue to invest in their people, their organizations and more to help raise the overall professionalism of the foodservice industry,” said Maureen Slocum, publisher of FE&S. “Their stories not only inspire, they also serve as a roadmap for future generations of foodservice professionals.”

FE&S is able to present its 2023 Dealer of the Year & All-Industry Awards Gala thanks to the support of its platinum sponsors: Ali Group, Alto-Shaam and Middleby.

The FE&S Dealer of the Year & All-Industry Awards Gala recognizes the foodservice community’s brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry’s most time-honored awards. In 2023 FE&S will recognize Singer Equipment Company with its Dealer of the Year Award and William Caruso, FFCSI, of William Caruso & Associates, with the magazine’s Hall of Fame Award. During the Dealer of the Year & All-Industry Awards Gala, FE&S will also present its Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year Awards.

Anyone interested in learning more about the FE&S 2023 Dealer of the Year & All-Industry Awards Gala should contact Maureen Slocum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..