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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.

2018-19 Rising Star Class

Rob Yayac
General Manager
Rob Geile
Amy Bendekovits
Director of Catering
Tracy Kelly
Amanda Beni
HMG Plus, Inc.
Client Relations Manager
Mike Johnston
Andre Brown
New Product Sales Specialist
Holly Von Seggern
Eric Cooley
Director of Sales
Michael Croghan
Sodexo, Inc.
General Manager/Chef Manager
Zachary Demchyk
Follett Corporation
Regional Sales Manager
Linda Femling-Nielsen
Katherine DeSimone
Eurest Dining Services
Director of Catering and Customer Experience
Sunita Devi
New York University
Associate Director of Operations
Rob Gordon
Meredith Hathaway
National Food Group, Inc.
Exclusive Markets - Sales
Ryan C. Hoopert
Sodexo, Inc.
General Manager / Chef Manager
Miquelle Millo
Future Vintage Marketing Agency
Rob Gordon
Douglas Parsen
General Manager
Frank LaRusso
Danielle Pedersen
Customer Service Manager
Rick Postiglione
Erica Randgaard
Catering Director
Aileen Schuh
Compass Group
Conference Services Director

Corey Silverstein
FLIK Hospitality
General Manager
Brisbane Vaillancourt
Mark Bickford
Christiana Williams, MS, RD
Eurest Dining Services
Regional Wellness & Sustainability Director
Linda Femling-Nielsen
Emily Wunder, RD, LDN
Eurest - Compass Group
Corporate Dietician | Catering Manager