Nominate your company's up-and-coming leaders to IFDA Rising Stars, a celebration of our industry's bright future. Rising Stars will be recognized at the 2023 Distribution Solutions Conference, the industry's premier showcase which shines a light on foodservice distribution's best and brightest. Look out for a call for nominations this spring.



Top Row

TERRENCE WILLIAMS Vice President, Operations – US Foods

KATHLEEN WHITE Customer Marketing Manager – Gordon Food Service

BEN KESTERSON Customer Marketing Manager – Gordon Food Service

CHASE ESTES Vice President, Operations – Tankersley Foodservice

Bottom Row

ROMEO TRIF Vice President, Operations – Sysco

GRIFFIN BIRD Vice President, Sales – Jake’s Finer Foods

PHILLIP SINGLETON Assistant Transportation Manager – McLane Foodservice Houston

Who is eligible for Rising Stars?
Any employee of an IFDA member company who:

  • is under 40

  • has worked in foodservice distribution for at least five years

  • has a demonstrated record of industry success and innovation

Nominators must submit a high-resolution image (at least 1MB in .jpg/.png/.tif formats) and a short biography with key details about the nominee's foodservice distribution career.

How will Rising Stars be recognized?
Rising Stars will be honored at the 2022 Distribution Solutions Conference. They will appear in onsite imagery and be recognized during conference presentations, as well as additional recognition on IFDA's web and social media channels. 

How long is the nomination period?
Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 14, with recipients notified shortly after.

Nominations for the 2022 Rising Stars are closed.

If you have any questions about IFDA Rising Stars, please contact Andrew Reilly at