Two longtime independent manufacturers reps have passed away: Corky Pike, Johnson Pike & Associates, Inc. and Kerry Wallace, Forbes, Hever & Wallace, Inc.
Corky Pike passed away on October 2, 2022. After serving his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, Pike was honorably discharged in 1965. A management path with Howard Johnson’s transferred him from Dallas to Denver, Colo., in 1969, which led to a storied career in the foodservice industry. From restaurant management and ownership, Pike moved into restaurant and food service equipment sales and then transitioned to a manufacturers’ representative partnership, Johnson Pike & Associates, that covered the Rocky Mountain region from Montana south to Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. He retired from JPA in Denver, after 25 years.
Pike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lynn, sons Dennis and Austin, and newborn granddaughter, Violet.
Kerry Wallace died November 3, 2022. While living in California, Wallace took a hotel job that would lead to a career in the foodservice industry. The hotel gradually transferred him to its restaurant side. Wallace’s family returned to Dallas and he moved to Houston, taking a hotel restaurant management job near the newly built Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental). He went on to work for Gerber Restaurant Supply and then for Gardner Restaurant Supply. In April of 1986, Anne Forbes, John Hever, and Kerry Wallace formed Forbes, Hever & Wallace, a Texas-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm. Wallace retired in December 2015.
Wallace is survived by his wife, Rondina; his sister, Patricia Macko; his brother, Gregory Wallace of north Texas; three stepchildren, Samantha Muncy Orndorff, Natalie Muncy Smith and Matthew Muncy.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Wallace’s honor to the San Antonio Food Bank.