Top Achievers

Top Achievers are award-worthy personalities in various segments of the foodservice equipment and supplies channel with a single common trait: an unflinching ability to provide value on the customer’s terms.

Browse the articles below or click for a list of past winners in the following categories: Dealer, Consultant, Service Agent, Manufacturers' Rep and Operator.

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.

2015 Top Achiever Service Agent — Gary Petitti, President, Gary’s East Coast Service

Repair work has been part of Gary Petitti's life from the very beginning. As a child, Petitti went on service calls with his father, a television repairman. In high school, he studied industrial electronics, while in college it was computer electronics repair. Repair work — restoring antique cars and motorcycles — is even his hobby.

2014 Top Achievers

Hard working. Dedicated. Passionate. Driven to succeed. While any one of these traits apply to countless foodservice professionals, collectively they serve as the cornerstones of success for FE&S’ 2014 Top Achievers.

2014 Top Achiever – Dealer 2014: Drew O'Quinn

The Great Recession changed how many foodservice executives thought about their companies. Perhaps no one embraced these changes as much as Drew O'Quinn, vice president of Fayetteville, N.C.-based Thompson & Little and FE&S' Top Achiever-Dealer for 2014.

2014 Top Achiever – Manufacturers’ Rep: Chris Folz

Chris Folz survives and thrives in the foodservice industry by making very conscious and deliberate choices about the direction his company should take and identifying the correct path to get there. It's ironic, then, that FE&S' Top Achiever – Manufacturers' Representative for 2014 got into this business almost by accident.

2013 Top Achievers

Today's foodservice equipment and supplies industry remains a vibrant and resilient place for those individuals with a vision, a willingness to embrace technology and the ability to recruit new generations of professionals into this dynamic environment. Nowhere is that more evident than in the stories behind FE&S' 2013 Top Achiever Award Recipients.

2013 Top Achiever-Dealer: Jameel Burkett

Jameel Burkett talks fast. That's not a bad thing — it becomes obvious a few seconds into conversation that his brain works just as fast, or faster. And good thing, too, he's a busy guy. At the ripe age of 33, Burkett's already on the fast track to industry stardom. On top of that, he's a loyal family man with a wife, two-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. Not a bad run in such a short time.

2013 Top Achiever – Consultant: Steve Carlson

"You're the only consultant in the business who went to school for it." Steve Carlson has heard this often. And it's true — after a short stint as a cook in the culinary world, Carlson managed to piece together a well-rounded education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison between engineering, architecture and food science classes, along with drafting jobs with a stainless steel fabricator and an equipment supplier. These experiences ultimately landed him his dream job at Robert Rippe & Associates, Inc. Carlson bought out the company in 2006, and has grown into a leader — and frequent speaker — in his field. What follows is the incredible story of FE&S' Top Achiever – Consultant award winner.