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Some of the most innovative and out-of-the-box thinkers in the noncommercial foodservice industry.

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Jennifer Takara

Top accomplishment this year:Achieving two years of injury-free opening weeks for new accounts with consistent new-hire orientations and a management habit called “safety management by walking a...

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Desmond Fannin

Top accomplishment this year:Helped onboard 25 international chefs and sent three U.S. chefs abroad for Sodexo’s Global Chef Exchange program.What’s been your most rewarding moment?One of ...

Top accomplishment this year:Promoted to oversee conference centers in Chicago and Dallas.What’s been your most rewarding moment?Planning and executing an event for 3,200 attendees. It takes sev...

Top accomplishment this year:Being recognized as a “rising star” from my leadership team, which has allowed me to attend national events, create relationships with leaders in our sector an...

Top accomplishment this year:Becoming general manager for Centerplate at the Long Island Ducks’ home ballpark.What’s been your most rewarding moment?My current concessions manager was an i...

Top accomplishment this year:Taking over operations at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.What keeps you up at night?Working these crazy schedules, sometimes you are able to just pass out...

Top accomplishment this year:Being nominated by student employees to receive the department’s Wu Mentor Award for excellence in mentorship.What’s the best career advice you’ve been g...

Top accomplishment this year:Participating in an American Culinary Federation culinary competition, which included a four-course mystery basket, and receiving feedback that the dishes were tasty and e...

Top accomplishment this year:Receiving the Rochester Institute of Technology’s President Award for Staff Excellence, along with a few other RIT personnel.What would you say you excel at over mor...

Top accomplishment this year:Increasing the share of food purchases that qualify as local or sustainable by 15%.What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?After the first few months i...

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