Hall of Fame

Awarded irregularly, the Hall of Fame award is FE&S magazine’s way of recognizing individuals who have contributed to the good of the industry throughout their career by achieving exceptional results while operating with a great deal of personal integrity.

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FE&S’ 2017 Hall of Fame Award Winner: Mark Freeman, Senior Manager of Global Dining Services, Microsoft

It takes a visit to Microsoft's three-square-mile campus in Redmond, Wash., to fully appreciate the enormous effect Mark Freeman has had on the quality of life there and, by extension, the broader on-site foodservice industry. Throughout his 37-year career, but especially during his 11-year tenure as senior manager of global dining services at Microsoft — where he's been empowered to lead a virtual dining revolution — Freeman has quietly risen to icon status.

2015 Hall of Famer Ken Gill: A Serial Entrepreneur

Meet Ken Gill, FE&S' 2015 Hall of Fame Award Winner. During the course of Gill's illustrious career he sold grocery store equipment; opened and ran a successful, multi-location restaurant and started one of the foodservice industry's most successful and respected equipment dealerships, among many other business ventures. Along the way Gill earned the respect of his colleagues, competitors and even suppliers. Even today, he shows no signs of slowing down. What makes FE&S' 2015 Hall of Famer tick? Read on to find out.

2012 Hall of Fame Award Winner: David Stafford Sr., CEO, Stafford-Smith Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich.

Thirty years ago David Stafford Sr. bought Stafford-Smith Inc., a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, from his father, and the company has been on the rise ever since. Under Dave's leadership the company has expanded the services it offers and has steadily extended its reach throughout the country.

Tom Schrack-Man of Charity

As much as honesty, integrity and family are among the defining traits of Tom Schrack Sr., so too is his generosity. From local nonprofit organizations to his church to keeping the memories of two former Hockenbergs employees alive, Schrack's charitable nature is seemingly limitless.

Family Mattters: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

While Tom Schrack Sr. is the leader of the family business, it is his wife Mary that serves as the stabilizing factor at home for FE&S' 2011 Hall of Fame Award winner.

2009 FE&S Hall of Fame Inductee: Bill Boelter

Incorporating a servant-leader philosophy, Bill Boelter has created a dealership that has helped influence the foodservice industry.