From 2014 to 2019 Stafford-Smith saw its sales steadily increase from $137.01 million to $241.23 million, making the company the 8th largest foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, per FE&S’ 2020 Distribution Giants Study. Foodservice Equipment and Supplies named Stafford-Smith the 2021 winner of the magazine’s prestigious Dealer of the Year Award.
“Stafford-Smith is now in its third generation of leadership under the Stafford family. This continuity provided the company with the stability necessary to stand up to the gale-force headwinds the industry has faced the past year,” said Maureen Slocum, FE&S publisher. “Many dealers specialize in one area of the business, but Stafford-Smith really excels in a variety of areas. The company’s honest and open approach to working with customers and supply chain partners alike remains one of its defining traits.”
“Earning this award is not about any one person. Rather, it’s a testament to all the hard work everyone on our team has done,” said David Stafford Jr., president/CEO of the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based foodservice equipment dealer. “Everyone buying into the system and adhering to the game plan we have collectively put together leads to special recognition like this. I couldn’t be prouder of the Stafford-Smith team and all of their hard work to make it possible for us to receive this prestigious award.”
Stafford-Smith was named FE&S Dealer of the Year in 2001. And David Stafford Sr. received FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award in 2012. He now serves as chairman of the board for the dealership.
FE&S Dealer of the Year and All Industry Awards Gala recognizes the foodservice community’s brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry’s most time-honored awards, including the FE&S Hall of Fame Award, Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.