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September 23-25, 2024

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Kansas City, Missouri

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Foodservice Distribution Rising Stars 2023

At the 2023 IFDA Solutions Conference in Fort Worth, we will celebrate food distribution’s brightest young talent on the industry’s biggest stage. 

  • Alexis Alvarez, Vice President of Operations, US Foods
  • Christopher Dias, General Manager, Southwest Traders
  • Chase Estes, Vice President Operations, Tankersley Foodservice
  • Erin Graham, Vice President of Operations and Strategy, Pepper
  • Stephanie Henry, Customer Service Manager, McLane Foodservice
  • Christopher Howard, Assistant Distribution Manager, McLane Foodservice
  • Chelsea Kuyper, Electronic Data Interchange Analyst, Gordon Food Service
  • Aishah Malik, Manager, Operations Strategy & Planning, Sysco
  • Sean McCabe, Senior Buyer, DiCarlo Distributors, Inc.
  • Lilamy Pitt, Supervisor, Accounts Payable, McLane Foodservice
  • Amanda Rombaugh, Customer Development Director, Georgia-Pacific
  • Paul VanCampenhout, Customer Development Director, Georgia-Pacific
  • Dana Wondercheck, Transportation Business Analyst, McLane Foodservice/Vantix Logistics
  • Mitu Zenaye, Marketing Manager, FoodPRO Corporation

How will Rising Stars be recognized?

  • Rising Stars will be honored at the 2023 IFDA Solutions Conference and throughout the year on IFDA’s communications channels.
  • They will appear in onsite imagery (both print and digital) at the IFDA Solutions Conference.
  • They will be recognized during a general session.
  • They will be individually recognized in IFDA’s social channels, website, and Daily Update.
  • They will be featured in a 2023 Rising Stars video post-Solutions Conference.
  • They will receive a heavily discounted registration rate of $695.

To be eligible for Rising Stars, team members must:

  • Be under 40 years old
  • Have worked in foodservice distribution for at least five years
  • Demonstrate a record of industry success and innovation
  • Register to attend the 2023 IFDA Solutions Conference by the nomination deadline. 

Companies are limited to two nominations for each candidate discipline:

  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Supply Chain
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehouse Operations

A supervisor or colleague must nominate candidates – no self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations (submitted via our web form) must include:

  • High-resolution image (at least 1MB in .jpg/.png/.tif formats)
  • Brief biography that provides supporting details on how this individual has contributed to their company’s success

2022 Rising Stars

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Terrence Williams

Vice President, Operations – US Foods

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Kathleen White

Customer Marketing Manager – Gordon Food Service

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Ben Kesterson

Customer Marketing Manager – Gordon Food Service

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Chase Estes

Vice President, Operations – Tankersley Foodservice

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Romeo Trif

Vice President, Operations – Sysco

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Griffin Bird

Vice President, Sales – Jake’s Finer Foods

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Phillip Singleton

Assistant Transportation Manager – McLane Foodservice Houston