FSD announces its 20 Most Influential list

Inaugural list identifies those people having the biggest impact on non-commercial foodservice.

FoodService Director has released its “20 Most Influential” for 2012, a list of the people who are having the most impact on the non-commercial foodservice industry. The eclectic compilation includes foodservice directors, suppliers, educators and even the first lady, Michelle Obama.

“We wanted to identify, and acknowledge, those people who truly are making a difference in the world our readers inhabit,” said FSD Editor Paul King. “These are individuals and groups who make their presence felt in so many ways, some of which are readily apparent and others not so visible but powerful nonetheless.”

The list was compiled by the editors of FSD based on input from the FSD Advisory Board and the recommendations of respected professionals throughout the industry. The honorees will be profiled in the June issue of FSD.

The 20 Most Influential, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Fedele Bauccio, founder and CEO of Bon Appetit Management Co.;

The Celebrity Chef;

Roy Choi, owner, Kogi Food Trucks, Los Angeles;

Tim Cipriano, executive director, New Haven (Conn.) School Food,

Ann Cooper, school nutrition director, Boulder Valley (Colo.) School District and founder of The Lunch Box, an online toolkit for healthy school foodservice;

The Culinary Institute Of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.;

Tony Geraci, executive director, Child Nutrition Program, Memphis City Public Schools;

Jamie Harvie, executive director, Institute for a Sustainable Future, and creator of Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care Initiative;

Dayle Hayes, president, Nutrition for the Future and founder, School Food That Rocks;

Dick Hynes, director, Consultant Services & Healthcare, Hobart Corp.;

Barbara Kane, vice president, Industry Relations, Ecolab Inc., and current president of the Society for Foodservice Management;

Julaine Kiehn, director, Campus Dining Services, University of Missouri;

Shawn LaPean, executive director, Cal Dining, University of California at Berkeley;

Mary Molt, associate director, Housing & Dining Services, Kansas State University;

Michelle Obama,First Lady and founder, Let’s Move!;

Andrew Shakman, founder and president of Leanpath Inc.;

Bill St. John, executive director of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals;

Elementary, Secondary and College-Age Students;

Ken Toong, executive director, Auxiliary Enterprises, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and

Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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