Lindsey Ramsey

Lindsey Ramsey
Contributing Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Nancy Levandowski doesn’t like anyone to get too comfortable. As director of ISU Dining at 28,000-student Iowa State University in Ames, Levandowski thrives on pushing her staff in order to...
Wellness has been a primary concern for Hearst Tower since the building opened in 2006. When the building first opened Hearst brought together the team from Restaurant Associates, which manages Caf...
Faced with constant requests for more vegetarian fare, the dining department at 36,000-student University of North Texas opened an all-vegan dining hall this fall. Ken Botts, special projects manager...
Compared to the omnipresence of Facebook and Twitter, Foursquare still remains a mystery to many universities. Not so at 50,000-student Texas A&M University, where the university was the...
Jeff Shaffer believes in the power of leading by example. As executive chef for Parkhurst Dining Services at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, Shaffer manages day-to-day operations, finances, menu planning...
Helen Wechsler wants her staff to be engaged on every level. As director of BC Dining at 14,700-student Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Wechsler knows that a happy staff makes for happy...
The first self-operated dining hall at 31,500-student Georgia State University gave GSU’s Insourced Dining Services the opportunity to implement a new waste management system, says Suzanne...
Cyndi Gloodt’s enthusiasm infects everyone around her. As general manager for Sodexo at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago, Gloodt’s ability to work with her clients and her drive and...

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