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Kathleen Seelye to Receive FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award

CEO of Ricca Design Studios to receive honor from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly announces that Kathleen Seelye, CEO for Colorado-based Ricca Design Studios, is the recipient of its 2018 Hall of Fame Award. Seelye will accept her award during FE&S’ 2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place May 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. lowresKathleen-SeelyeKathleen Seelye

Seelye has more than 30 years of culinary experience and joined Ricca in 1984. Working from Ricca Design Studios’ Denver headquarters, she provides leadership in the firm’s business and design practices both in the U.S. and in Shanghai. In addition, Seelye has served as the lead designer on 11 award-winning projects. In fact, Seelye was part of a project team that earned top honors in FE&S’ Facility Design Project of the Year competition in 2013 for her work on University of Wisconsin Madison – Union South. She has been a board member for the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers’ Customer Advisory Task Force, received the Market Mover Award from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry and regularly teaches at the National Association of College and University Foodservice’s Facility Management Institute focus on design. For more than 10 years Seelye also has served as a judge for the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations awards.

“Kathleen’s thoughtful leadership continues to set the standard for excellence among consultants and all members of the foodservice industry,” said Maureen Slocum, FE&S’ publisher. “Kathleen is known for her passion and commitment to the entire foodservice industry and a willingness to share her knowledge and expertise with others. She is undeniably a trailblazer and we look forward to celebrating her success as an FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award winner.”

Seelye was the first female elected to serve as president of the Foodservice Consultants Society International, the first woman elected to FCSI’s Council of Fellows and the first LEED certified foodservice consultant in the United States. She was also the first woman presented with FE&S’ Top Achiever- Consultant Award, which was then referred to as a Young Lion.

“I am truly honored to represent both Ricca Design Studios, the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), and the many incredibly capable women throughout our foodservice industry who are leading successful teams in this dynamic and ever-changing profession,” Seelye said.

FE&S is able to present its 2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala thanks to the generous support of its three platinum sponsors: TrueRefrigerationUnified Brands and Welbilt.

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. Awards to be presented the evening of May 19 include: FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award, FE&S’ Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.

Anyone interested in learning more about the 2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala should contact Maureen Slocum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (630) 715-1553.

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