Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

Paul Pumputis, Western Regional Manager, Duffy’s-AIS, Rochester, N.Y.

Paul Pumputis was not wired for a career as an electrician in upstate New York. He began wiring houses during the construction season but like so many others would often get laid off when winter rolled around and building ground to a halt. Looking for something more stable, he answered an ad looking for a service technician placed by Duffy’s Equipment Service, then an upstate N.Y. service agent. He joined the company, began training under Patrick Duffy and never looked back.

The Right Way…

If there was a common theme that emerged from FE&S2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala held on May 19th at the Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago, I think it was finding success through doing things the right way. From the Dealer of the Year recipient, The Boelter Companies, emphasis on empowering their employees to follow their entrepreneurial instincts to Hall of Fame recipient Kathleen Seelye building a stellar career based on a lifetime of collaboration and inclusion, the whole evening seemed to underscore examples of winning companies and individuals committed as much to how they succeed as they are to what they accomplish.

In a business world that sometimes seems to value only bottom-line results it was a refreshing celebration.

I hope that you will enjoy the pictorial review of the evening on page 56 of this issue. And if you need some inspiration, take a minute to view the acceptance speeches from our wonderful cast of winners at

Readers will also find a slew of refreshing ideas coming out of the college and university segment in this issue. Check out our coverage of some of the innovations shaping today’s college and university foodservice industry.

All of us at Zoomba Group (smiling faces below) truly appreciate the opportunity to be associated with these industry awards and the generous support of our growing list of sponsor companies.

The FE&S team: Nicholas, Rebecca, Joe, Amelia, Patty, Donna, Anne, Tracy, BG, Samantha, Dave, Maureen, Renee, Kris, Carol, Kevin and Eric (kneeling).

Dealer of the Year View the 2019 Winners