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Meet Our Rising Stars
The Young Professional Rising Star Scholarship Program selects non-SHFM members under 39 years of age to participate from various SHFM member companies.  Benefits of being selected for this group include complimentary membership, complimentary registration and travel expenses to attend National Conference and complimentary registration for the Critical Issues Conference and local events, along with with opportunities for recognition and networking with mentors, including industry executives and SHFM leadership.
 

2019-20 Rising Star Class

Chair
Katie DeSimone
National Director, Catering and Customer Experience
Eurest Dining Services
 
Rob Geile
Amy Bendekovits
Operational Excellence Manager
Unidine Corporation

 
Tracy Kelly
Amanda Beni
Director of Client Services
HMG Plus, Inc.
 
 
Jenna Calhoun
Channel Sales Strategy Manager – RTD
Nestle USA

 
 
Alex Carow
Food Service Director
Aramark
Chelsi Carter
Catering Manager
Aramark
Holly Von Seggern
Eric Cooley
Director  
PepsiCo

 
 
 
Meghan Daro
VP, Consultant Services 
Middleby/Follett Ice
Michael DiNuzzo
Assistant Director, Campus Services 
New York University
 
 
Justin Drew
Director, Business Development
Unidine Corporation
 
Leah Gayowski
Regional Wellness Director
Compass Group/Eurest
 
Michael Menchaca
Food Service Director
Aramark
Frank LaRusso
Danielle Pedersen
Business Development Manager
Briggo
 
Erica Randgaard
Food Service Director
Aramark
 
Michael Sharpio
General Manager
Restaurant Associates 

 
 
Corey Silverstein
General Manager
FLIK Hospitality Group
 
Rachel Telschow
General Manager
Sodexo
Brisbane Vaillancourt
Vice President, Operations
Aramark