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ifec newsletter july 2014

Message from the President
Sam Oches
Editor, QSR magazine

Hey IFECers,

Happy July! Hope your summer has been swell and that the back half of the year looks promising for you and your clients.

Only a few short months stand between now and the annual conference in November. Be excited! Carol and I traveled to Dallas last month to do some reconnaissance and had a blast. Dallas has it all: breweries, barbecue, bars, distilleries, artisan food makers, quirky food startups, prominent national foodservice brands, and more. The city's broad spectrum of foodservice representatives should give us great educational opportunities-as well as, you know, great wining and dining.

Conference planning continues to move along. We've got a high-quality crop of chefs already lined up for Chef Showcase, and the food-tour committee is finalizing plans for three fantastic tours that will give you a great sense of the city (two words: Artisan. Chocolate.). We're also ironing out the details for two great panels, one on foodservice in the retail space, and another picking the brains of Dallas-based restaurant executives.

So here's where the fun begins. Not only can you now register for the annual conference at, but you can also help us get the word out via social media. Be sure to tweet about the conference or related activities using our Twitter handle, @IFECorg, and use the hash tag #IFECinDallas. You can also connect with us on Instagram (@IFECorg) and Facebook (IFEC).

We're also in need of some recruitment help. If you know a foodservice exec that might be interested in one of the panels, let us know! We're also still in the midst of our new member recruitment drive, and are especially interested in adding members from the operator side of PR, as well as editors and PR reps from the foodservice at retail space. Be sure to keep Carol and me in the loop if anyone comes to mind: and

As always, if anything else comes up or you have any questions, don't hesitate to give me shout!


Welcome New Members
Join us in a shout out to these four good people who have joined us this month. While you're at it, reach out to Joan Driggs ( to tell her you'd like to be a mentor/buddy to help acclimate a new member.

Sonya Chudgar
Associate Editor
FSR magazine
Chapel Hill, NC

Lindsay Rodriguez
Marketing Manager
Bunge North America
St. Louis, MO

Seth Mortensen
Marketing Manager
Agri Beef Co.
Boise, ID

Sara Rush
Associate Editor
Restaurant Business magazine
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Conference sponsorships available
There are still a few openings to sponsor a product in Chef Showcase, Activity Stations, meal functions and a few other places.  Check out the possibilities on, "conference sponsorships" or contact us for more information at, 845-229-6973.


2014 Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas - November 3-5, 2014

2015 Annual Conference, Portland, Maine - November 2-4, 2015

2016 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Fall 2016


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Carol Lally
Executive Director & Newsletter Editor
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