IFDA supports a number of committees that provide thought leadership on issues of critical importance to our foodservice distributor members and to the foodservice industry in general.

Members of committees are volunteers with expertise in the stated mission area. In an ongoing process, the groups identify issues that are priorities to IFDA members and develop appropriate work products that can provide insights to the broader IFDA membership. Participation provides a number of benefits including interaction with other leaders in your discipline area and hearing from experts such as IFDA legal counsel.

Food Safety Leadership Committee
Government Relations Leadership Committee
Human Resources Leadership Committee
Operations Leadership Committee
Safety & Risk Management Committee
Supplier Advisory Council
Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee

Food Safety Leadership Committee

Committee Mission:
The committee serves as the primary advisor to the association on food safety and security related issues.  It is responsible for identifying industry food safety issues and creating resources to strengthen food safety practices by IFDA member companies.  Committee members are quality assurance and regulatory compliance experts from member companies and buying groups.

Committee Roster:
  • Shirley Abderrazzaq, Director, Food Safety, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Greg Cassens, Food Safety Manager, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Jeff Chester, Director, Quality Assurance & Supplier Info, Food Services of America
  • Gail Conti, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, The Chefs' Warehouse
  • Norbert Duarte, Quality Assurance Manager, Saladino's Foodservice
  • Mitch Gilgour, Sr. Director, Quality Assurance, Sysco Corporation
  • Dick Hairston, Director, Operations & Transportation, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Jayne Hoover, VP, FSQA, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
  • Keith Jackson, VP, Quality Assurance, Performance Food Group
  • Krystal Jenkins, Corporate Food Safety Manager, Eby-Brown Company
  • Charles Leftwich, Director, Quality Assurance, Sysco Corporation
  • Mark Mignogna, VP, Quality Assurance, Sysco Corporation
  • Carrie Nickel, Compliance Coordinator, Shamrock Foods Company
  • Kevin Peterson, Ex. VP, Operations, J. Kings Foodservice Professionals, Inc.
  • Kim Rice, Director, Food Regulatory Compliance, US Foods (Chair)
  • Sam Richardson, Director, Logistics & Ops Mgmt, McLane Foodservice Distribution
  • Bob Salo, Departmental VP, Quality Assurance, UniPro Foodservice, Inc.
  • Jim Shafer, Director, Safety, Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc.
  • Erica Waara, Quality Assurance Manager, US, Gordon Food Service
  • Heidi Wietjes, Director, Nutrition Services, Cash-Wa Distributing
Staff Contact: Jon Eisen

Government Relations Leadership Committee

Committee Mission:
The government relations committee is the steering committee providing guidance to the government relations department regarding association GR activities and industry priorities on legislative and regulatory issues.  Committee members are senior company executives.
Committee Roster:
  • Barry Bates, Regional Vice President, Gordon Food Service (HQ)
  • Neftali Garcia, Senior Director, Governmental Affairs, McLane Company, Inc.
  • Thomas J. Gillett, Board Chairman & CCO, Indianhead Foodservice Distributor, Inc.
  • Mark Harman, President, Stanz Foodservice, Inc.
  • Brent King, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Performance Food Group Company
  • Melinda C. Koon, Director of HR, Doerle Food Services, LLC
  • Chris Lewis, VP, Multi Unit Accounts, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Andrew B. Mercier, President & CEO, Merchants Foodservice
  • Peter Mouskondis, President & CEO, Nicholas & Company, Inc.
  • William F. Reyes, Director of Government Affairs, Reyes Holdings
  • Craig Saladino, President & CEO, Saladino's Foodservice
  • Paul L. Saval, President & CEO, Saval Foodservice
  • Grace Shaff, VP & General Counsel, Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C.
  • James Tracy, SVP & General Counsel, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Karen J. Williams, Esq., Counsel, Shamrock Foods Company
  • David W. Wood, II, Chairman of the Board, Wood Fruitticher Food Service
Staff Contact: Jon Eisen

Human Resources Leadership Committee

Committee Mission:
The Human Resources Leadership Committee serves as the primary advisory board to assist IFDA in identifying critical industry needs in the area of human resources. The committees mission is to provide leadership and guidance to help IFDA determine the issues critical to HR professionals in the industry and work with IFDA staff to develop industry solutions designed to address these issues and provide insights and value to member companies. The Committee also provides assistance by identifying topics for industry meetings and other educational or research opportunities. The committee meets at least once a year in person, with additional conference calls, webinars or  meetings at the committee’s discretion.
Committee Roster:
  • Vince Daniels, Chief Human Resources Officer, Shamrock Foods Company
  • Tim Fatum, HR Director, Gordon Food Service
  • Stephen Heckman, HR/Safety Manager, Stanz Foodservice, Inc.
  • Matt Holt, VP, Human Resources, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Mark Hurley, VP, Human Resources, Poutry Products Northeast
  • Becky Iliff, VP, Human Resources, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
  • Melinda Koon, Director of HR, Doerle Food Services, LLC
  • Jim Kramer, Director of Talent Acquisition, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
  • Jane Manion, SVP, Human Resources, Performance Foodservice
  • Steve Manuszak, SVP, Associate Services Administration, Food Services of America
  • James Rowell, VP, Human Resources, Ben E. Keith Co. - Corporate Office
  • Karen Russell, VP, Human Resources, Saladino's Foodservice Distribution
  • Sabrina Scheving, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, UniPro Foodservice, Inc.
  • W. Elliott Stephenson, VP, Human Resources, Ben E. Keith Foods (Chair)
  • Rick Thorgesen, Director, Human Resources, Eby-Brown Company
  • Karen Williams, Director, HR & Compliance, Shamrock Foods Company
Staff Contact: Jon Eisen

Operations Leadership Committee

Committee Mission:
The Operations Leadership Committee provides a forum for senior operations leaders to gather and discuss issues impacting their business as well as the foodservice industry as a whole and to provide IFDA counsel on how it can best assist them with these issues. The Committee provides leadership and guidance to IFDA on industry, legislative and regulatory issues related to operations in foodservice.  Meetings occur once a year in person, with any other meetings occurring via conference call. Additional in person meetings will be held at the committee’s discretion.

Committee Roster:
  • Daniel Austin, Regional Vice President - Western, McLane Foodservice Distribution, Inc.
  • Dale Barina, Corporate VP, Operations, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
  • Mark Engdahl, Enterprise Operations Leader, Shamrock Foods Company
  • Mark Eriks, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Gordon Food Service
  • Douglas Karns, Vice President, Operations, Martin Brothers Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Cecil King, VP, Operations, Cheney Brothers, Inc.
  • Roy Markham, VP, Operations & Transportation, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Paul Mugerditchian, President, Dot Transportation, Inc.
  • Patrick Peters, Chief Operating Officer, Saladino's Foodservice Distribution (Chair)
  • Jeff Williamson, Corporate Senior Vice President, Performance Food Group
Staff Contact: Brian Lynch

Safety & Risk Management Committee

Committee Mission:
Provide an active forum in all areas of Safety and Risk Management for IFDA members by sharing expertise, participating in online and face-to-face discussions and mentoring those that are new to the field;
review and set common KPIs and benchmarking metrics; lead the membership in advocating and promoting safe and effective methods and tools in all aspects of foodservice distribution operations.

Committee Roster:
  • Ken Cosby, Director of Safety & Compliance, Reinhart Food Service (Chair)
  • Paul Brandel, Risk Manager, US Foods
  • Marty Bean, Corporate Safety Manager, Food Services of America
  • Tom Olitsky, VP, Safety and Regional Operations, Reinhart Food Service
  • Monica Gardner, Director of Safety, McLane Company, Inc.
  • Robert Greiber, Vice President, Risk Management, Reyes Holdings
  • Kevin Grotzke, Director of Fleet Safety, Reyes Holdings
  • Stephen Heckman, HR/Safety Manager, Stanz Foodservice, Inc.
  • Lori Johnson, Corporate Director of Risk & Compliance, Performance Food Group
  • Tim McNally, Director, Risk Management, Gordon Food Service
  • Branch Muller, Director of Risk Management & Safety, Shamrock Foods Company
  • Scott Cone, Sr. Director of Health & Safety, Sysco Corporation
  • Daryl Wigington, Vice President, Risk Management, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Gabbie Lopez, Safety Supervisor, Southwest Traders
  • Ryan Smith, Director of Corporate Operations, Southwest Traders
  • Jim Novak, Project Manager, Eby-Brown Company
Staff Contact: Annika Stensson

Supplier Advisory Council

The IFDA Supplier Advisory Council (SAC) is comprised of senior executives from IFDA member and manufacturer MVP companies.
The Council’s mission is to bring together leading distributor and manufacturer sales executives to discuss, study and implement collaborative strategies and tactics that can help the operator customer and IFDA members be more successful.
The Council’s goal is to move the manufacturer-distributor relationship beyond demand fulfillment toward a customer centric mindset around demand creation. This is being accomplished through the assessment, discussion and testing of:
  • Shared Insights: providing the operator with relevant, consumer insights to help them drive increased traffic, maximize profits and improve consumer satisfaction.
  • Manufacturer-Distributor Alignment: improving planning, coordination, transparency and accountability between distributor and manufacturer sales organizations by better aligning around shared priorities.
  • Sales Force Effectiveness: clarifying and better defining trading partner selling roles and reducing unnecessary redundancy.
Committee Roster:
  • Erin Buntin, Director, Foodservice Sales, Schreiber Foods, Inc. (Chair)
  • Craig Cranfield, National Foodservice Sales Director, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice
  • Keith Durnell, EVP Marketing & Business Development, UniPro Foodservice, Inc.
  • Lynn Egner, Director of Distributor Trade Development, Hormel Foods Sales, LLC
  • George Eversman, EVP of Retail & Business Development, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • John Flood, VP-GM Further Processing, Wayne Farms, LLC
  • Timothy Hanberry, Vice President of Marketing, Merchants Foodservice
  • Michelle Harter, VP of Marketing, Cash-Wa Distributing
  • John Hatto, VP Customer Sales & Strategy, Lamb Weston
  • Dustie Jenkins, VP Foodservice Sales Distribution - K12, Tyson Food Service
  • Joseph Kunde, VP Indirect Sales & Corporate Accounts, McCain Foods USA
  • Doug Kyle, Vice President Marketing, R3 Reliable Redistribution Resource
  • Tom LeBuhn, VP, Foodservice Sales, Rich Products Corporation
  • Bill McCullough, VP of Foodservice Strategy, Planning and Pricing, Ventura Foods, LLC
  • Robert Mould, President & CEO, Independent Marketing Alliance
  • Jim Nunan, VP of Corporate Accounts, AdvancePierre Foods
  • Ricky Reed, VP, Sales & Marketing, Merchants Foodservice - Jackson
  • John Reisigl, Executive Vice President, Cheney Brothers, Inc.
  • Marsha Rose, Senior Director of Corporate Accounts, Schwan's Food Service
  • Thomas Rupkey, Vice President - Foodservice, ConAgra Foodservice
  • Thomas Ruszkowski, Executive Vice President, Red Diamond, Inc.
  • Baine Smith, VP, Foodservice Distribution Sales, Perdue Foods LLC
  • Scott Smolar, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Major Products
  • Scott Sorensen, Vice President, Sales, Upper Lakes Foods Inc.
  • Greg Stiff, Director of Corporate Accounts & K-12, The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Thomas Trace, Vice President, Field Sales, Michael Foods Inc.
  • Chris Travisano, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Sugar Foods Corporation
  • John Trimble, Director, Foodservice, WhiteWave Foods Company
  • Scott Vermillion, Vice President of Sales, Martin Bros. Distributing Co.
  • Christopher Vought, Director Corporate Accounts, Simplot
  • Steve Werden, VP, Distributor Sales, Ecolab, Inc.
  • Matthew Welle, Director, Corporate Distribution, Nestle Professional
  • David Werner, VP, Independent Sales & Marketing, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Jason Wong, VP, Sales, Sysco Corporation
Staff Contact: Brian Lynch

Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee

Committee Mission:
The committee’s objective is to engage and encourage IFDA members to be inclusive of women as they develop their leadership talent pool. In addition, the committee will work to provide IFDA member companies with resources, education, and experiences that support the development of high potential female employees.

Committee Activities:
The Leadership Committee has put into place a roadmap that will focus on three key areas:
  • Educating IFDA members on the benefits of attracting more women to the industry and including them on their leadership team,
  • Expanding awareness of IFDA resources and services to more women at member companies, and
  • Attracting more women to participate in IFDA programs.
The committee is comprised of women in leadership roles at distributor member companies, manufacturer partners, and allied suppliers. Currently the committee has thirteen members.

Committee Roster:
  • Sandra Carson, VP, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance, Sysco Corporation
  • Diane Chandler, Executive Vice President, Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Tammy Cummings, Vice President - Total Rewards, Performance Food Group
  • Theresa Deane, SVP, CFO, Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc.
  • Becky Iliff, Vice President of Human Resources, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
  • Jane Manion, SVP, HR, Performance Foodservice
  • Susana McLoughlin, Regional Account Manager, Appian Software, TMW Systems, Inc.
  • Anita Montgomery, Chief Financial Officer, Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Suzanne Rajczi, Chief Executive Officer, Ginsberg's Foods, Inc.
  • Tina Roberts, Vice President of Sales, Los Angeles and Southwest, The Chefs' Warehouse
  • Karen Russell, Vice President, Human Resources, Saladino's Foodservice
  • Stevette Santiago, Executive Director, Merchandising & Marketing, Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
  • Syndee Stiles, VP, Procurement, McLane Foodservice Distribution, Inc.
  • Sheila Thornburg, Vice President Health & Nutrition Services, Ben E. Keith Co.
  • Debra Winter, Executive Vice President, Legacy Foodservice Alliance
Staff Contacts: Theresa Kessler & Meghan Cieslak