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IFDA Announces 2023 Foodservice Distribution Rising Stars

Diverse group of 14 emerging industry leaders to be recognized at the 2023 IFDA Solutions Conference, September 11-13 in Fort Worth, Texas

MCLEAN, Va. – IFDA today announced 14 up-and-coming leaders in foodservice distribution as Rising Stars. The 2023 IFDA Rising Stars include nine women and five men under the age of 40 representing 11 different IFDA member companies. All have worked in foodservice distribution for at least five years and have demonstrated a record of professional growth and commitment to industry success and innovation.

“These 14 young professionals are a testament to the quality of talent and wide array of career paths available within today’s foodservice distribution industry,” said Mark S. Allen, President and CEO of IFDA. “Our Rising Stars come from unique backgrounds, demonstrating the growing diversity of people and opportunities within our industry.  It is exciting to be able to celebrate these talented individuals at the upcoming IFDA Solutions Conference.”

The 2023 IFDA Rising Stars include:

  • 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

The 2023 IFDA Rising Stars will be honored at the 2023 IFDA Solutions Conference, the industry’s premier event, which shines a light on the most exciting innovations, technology, and leaders across the distribution landscape. The conference takes place September 11-13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the International Foodservice Distributors Association
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the premier trade organization representing the $380 billion foodservice distribution industry and the 350,000 people it employs. This industry ensures a safe and efficient supply of food and products to more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S. daily. For more information, visit