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Remembering Top O' The Table's Tom Greenwald

Cleveland native was a longtime MAFSI member. 

Tom Greenwald of Top O' The Table/Zink Foodservice Group died unexpectedly of natural causes on November 8, 2014. He was 68 years old.

A Cleveland native, Greenwald served his country in the United States Navy and got his start in the foodservice supply industry in 1971 with E.A. Hinrichs & Company, as a dealer sales rep selling tabletop installations. Also in 1971, Stan Rose started a manufacturer's rep agency called Top O' The Table, Inc. In January, 1978, Greenwald joined Top O' The Table as an outside sales rep with Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia as his territory. In 1985, Greenwald and his partner, John Pusey, bought Top O' The Table, Inc. from Stan Rose.

Greenwald served as the president and became the sole owner when Pusey retired. In 2008, Zink Marketing purchased Top O' The Table, thereby forming the Zink Foodservice Group. At that time, he started a consulting company, TMG Enterprises, and worked with several companies in the industry providing consultation services.

A longtime MAFSI member, Greenwald is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nanette, son Anthony Palumbo, and daughter Melissa Greenwald, who works for Top O' The Table in Central Ohio and serves on the MAFSI board.

Celebration of Life Services will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 18 at Firerock Country Club, 16000 E. Firerock Country Club Dr., Fountain Hills, Arizona and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club, 6740 Worthington Rd., Westerville, Ohio. Donations in Greenwald’s honor can be made to Samaritan’s Purse.