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March/April Dish

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Members

Member News

RFMA 2012

Winner of Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

Buyer's Guide Issue

RFMA Gives

Education Spotlight: CRFP

RFMA Success Stories

InSite App


RFMA Homepage

RFMA Annual Conference

InSite - RFMA's Online Community


RFMA welcomes these new restaurant members who joined in the month of February and March:

NEW Restaurant Members


Thomas Achs
Marco's Pizza Franchising, LLC

Archie Andrews
Zoes Kitchen

Jesse Bergen
Brinker International

Melissa Berry
Noodles & Company

Matthew Case
Cosi, Inc.

Scott Evers
Panera Bread Co.

James Franke
Cosi, Inc.

Dane Goddard
Jamba Juice

Mitch Gutell
Panda Restaurant Group

Charles Henderson
Emerald City Pizza Hut

Julie Lee
Panda Restaurant Group

Eric Lewis
Cafe Zupas

Jefferson Macklin
Barbara Lynch Gruppo

Bharat Parikh
Yum Brands

Sandra Salas
Real Mex Restaurants

Lawrence Spaide
Wendy's QSCC

Tom White
Panda Express

Travis Gutke
Harman Management Corp.

Jeff Wales
Landmark Restaurant Group

Janelle Krogman
Starbucks Coffee Company


LeeAnn Smith
Little John’s Pizza, LLC

Robbie Drake
The Pantry Inc.

Kathie Burke
Shari’s Management Corporation

Glenn Davis

John Smith
Little John’s Pizza

Joe Borgia
Atlantic Development Corporation

James Bradley
V&J Foods Inc.

Dan Coury
Landmark Restaurant Group

Daniel Van Kruiningen DARDEN


Ron Wilhite acheived his CRFP designation.

Julie Lapacka formerly with NW Signs is now with US-1 Sign Maintenance.
RFMA 2012 hit the Jackpot!

What do the bright lights of Las Vegas, nearly 1200 attendees, an outstanding exhibit hall and fabulous education sessions equal? RFMA 2012! Our annual conference this year was held March 4-6 at the beautiful Mirage Hotel and Convention center in Las Vegas. RFMA 2012 brought over 380 restaurateurs nationwide together to join with vendor companies for this year’s conference. RFMA 2012 was filled with informative and diverse education sessions, a packed exhibit hall and a touch of Vegas flash and pizzazz with RFMA's opening and closing parties and The Passing Zone at our General Session.

Thanks to all of those who participated and attended RFMA 2012. We are already making plans for RFMA 2013!
If you missed out on RFMA 2012, make sure you join us for RFMA 2013, March 10-12 in Orlando!

Can't get enough of RFMA 2012?
Relive the moments by looking at the RFMA 2012 photos.To view photos click here or visit our RFMA website and click on the Photos link at the top of the page.

You can also visit the website of our official conference photographer Kelly's website at to visit the photo galleries. To access the galleries click on the 'proofing tab' and enter the password 'RFMA 2012' (case sensitive). If you are interested to requesting digital images copies, high resolution copies, or Photoshopped images please, click here for step-by-step directions.

Winner of Member-Get-A Member iPad Drawing

We would like to announce our first Member-Get-A-Member winner for 2012! Congratulations to Dennis Quinlisk from Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, who recruited co-worker Beth Dailey.

Remember to keep spreading the word about RFMA
and you could be the next iPad winner! The second quarter drawing for this year will be held on July 1.

Be part of Facilitator's 2nd official Buyer's Guide! This is a great resource guide of vendors and service providers that make up the RFMA Allied Member Group.

All RFMA Members receive:

-A FREE listing with their company name, address, web address
-A FREE 30 word description of their company and services,
-5 FREE category listings within the Buyer's Guide

If you would like to purchase an enhanced listing please visit the Online Store on the RFMA website or Click here for options and pricing.

Regardless of whether you decide to purchase an enhanced listing or take advantage of your free listing, please log onto your InSite profile to update your company's information, make category selections, and add or edit your company's description.
Your InSite profile will be where the Buyer's Guide gets its information for the June/July Facilitator.

Thanks from RFMA Gives!

Thanks to Bill Wallace of CraftWorks Restaurant and Breweries and Joe Robertson of the Adera Foundation and to all who contributed to RFMA Gives 2012! Without your donations we could not have created a dream kitchen for Brad, Libby, and the SAME Cafe! Take a tour of the new SAME Cafe kitchen by visiting their website at or click here to see a complete list of all donors and view our RFMA Gives Video.
If you are interested in participating in RFMA Gives 2013, please contact Heather Webb at

Education Spotlight: CRFP

As we ring in spring, we would like to focus on some great education opportunities that are happening in RFMA. This month we would like to highlight our certification program, Certified Restaurant Facility Professional (CRFP). Many of you may have seen our 2 latest CRFP designee at RFMA 2012 and might be wondering how you to can be attain your CFRP. You could be the newest CRFP announced at RFMA 2013!

RFMA’s Vision for Certification
In keeping with RFMA's mission statement,to advance industry awareness of restaurant facility management, while promoting professional and ethical standards to serve the customer with added value, RFMA has developed a certification program which provides access to the first restaurant facilities management professional designation.

  • Promote the advancement of the Restaurant Facility Management Professional
  • Promote professional and ethical standards
  • Serve the customer with added value

Career Benefits from Certification

  • Affirmation of your knowledge and abilities.
  • Credibility within the industry
  • Gain a competitive edge, providing growth and mobility within your industry
  • Commitment to elevating the restaurant facilities Industry
  • Personal commitment to continuous improvement

    Road Map to Attaining CRFP Designation

    • Take the practice exam
    • Review your results and determine a course of study to
      gain strength in the areas where you scored poorly
    • Meet with your supervisor and obtain his/her and
      company commitment – discuss adding this
      achievement to your goals for the year
    • Put the testing fee in your budget
    • Study, study , study – learn, learn, learn

    If you have any questions regarding the CRFP designation, contact Debi Kensell at or (972)805-0905.

    The Ins and Outs of InSite:
    Spotlight on Happily RFMA after...

    This month we would like to spotlight a blog on InSite, Happily RFMA after... The blog was started at the beginning on 2012 and has had several amazing RFMA stories from some of our members. The blog features stories about RFMA members connecting with other RFMA members whether that be vendors connecting with restaurant members, restaurant members finding a vendor through RFMA, or even a story about the impact of serving on a committee or from the conference. Check out Happily RFMA view these great stories from Bob, Gordon, Eli, Joseph, Roger, and Jack!

    If you or your company is interested in sharing your RFMA story on Happily RFMA after... email Heather Webb at

    Check out Happily Ever after... TODAY!

    If you have questions about InSite, please email

    InSite App Update!

    We are very excited about our InSite app that has just relaunched! Download the RFMA InSite app in the App store today! If you already had the InSite app, make sure to update to get the latest version of the app!

    To download the InSite app, search RFMA in the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. To access a mobile verison of the website optimized for other smartphones go to: and bookmark or save to your home screen. Start connecting today!

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