Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly names Ken Gill of The Gill Company, recipient of the magazine’s 2015 Hall of Fame Award. Gill will accept the award during FE&S’ 2015 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which takes place Saturday, May 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
In 1961 Gill graduated from Western Maryland College, where he had been a member of the school’s football team and part of the ROTC, and entered the Army as a Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division.
After being discharged from the service, Gill’s first job was selling supermarket equipment and a few years later went to work as a commissioned dealer sales rep, a position he held for roughly eight years. During that time Gill started a restaurant with a college friend and eventually opened two more locations before the duo finally sold them. After selling the restaurants he formed The Gill Group and later Gill Marketing, which collectively became one of the foodservice industry’s largest and most respected foodservice equipment and supplies dealers. FE&S presented The Gill Company with its Dealer of the Year Award in 1984. Over the course of his storied career, Gill has spent time working with a variety of companies and serving the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) as its president and helping form the FEDA Educational Foundation. Today he serves on the board of trustees for McDaniel College, formerly Western Maryland College, and has served on various other boards.
“Ken Gill is one of the most respected people to have served in the foodservice equipment industry,” said Maureen Slocum, FE&S’ publisher. “A serial entrepreneur, Ken remains connected to the foodservice industry to this day and continues to share his expertise and counsel whenever it is sought. A gentleman through and through, Ken epitomizes the spirit of FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award.”
FE&S is able to present its 2015 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards thanks to the generous support of its three platinum sponsors: Manitowoc Foodservice, True and Unified Brands.
FE&S’ Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala recognizes the foodservice community's brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry's most time-honored awards. Held each year on the Saturday of the National Restaurant Association's trade show in Chicago, this event brings together the best of the best to celebrate the ongoing success of the foodservice industry. Other awards to be presented the evening of May 16 include FE&S' Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.