Getting involved in SHFM not only helps you to grow your professional network, it allows you to get the most out of SHFM. Those who are actively involved reap the most benefit from their membership and not only help SHFM grow but also grow personally and professionally. Get involved and connect, volunteering on a committee means the opportunity to lead the future of the Society.

Join a committee anytime by contacting Tony Butler at

SHFM is always welcoming volunteers for any of the following committees:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council

The purpose of this council is to foster an environment that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at all levels within the markets we serve. With a goal to increase the diversity of membership, champion employment opportunities, highlight and encourage procurement opportunities for minority-owned business within the foodservice industry, the overarching objective is to bring awareness to diversity issues surrounding the workplace hospitality segment. Our goal is to assist, support and encourage our members to better understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and what it means to our organization and industry as a whole. Meets monthly via conference call. Sub-group work teams meet separately as needed. 

CHAIR – Sandy Lim Edwards, ISS Guckenheimer
CO-CHAIR – Courtney Willis, Restaurant Associates
BOARD LIAISON – Antonio Gray, Bank of America

Foundation Program and Fundraising Committee

Provides guidance and resources to help create program and fundraising activities for the initiatives of the SHFM Foundation. Meets monthly via conference call. Sub-group work meets separately as needed. 

CHAIR/Foundation Chair – Davin Wickstrom, VIVREAU

Local Committees

Develops and sets the direction for all SHFM Local events by establishing a program when needed for the event, as well as planning and executing successful events across the country. This set of committees represent the following SHFM Local markets: Boston, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Florida, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. New markets may be established if there is a group interested in creating an SHFM Local event in a new market. Contact Tony Butler at should you be interested in this opportunity. Provides guidance to the Membership Committee on scheduling and locations for non-local regional Meet-Ups. Individual markets meet as needed to plan each event. 

CHAIR – Amy Lewis, Kitchens to Go
BOARD LIAISON – Jenna Calhoun, JLL

Membership Marketing Committee

Engagement Sub-Committee

Represents, monitors and engages with the existing membership, and ensures a strong member connection that highlights the benefits of the association. Welcomes all new members through personal calls and outreach. This committee also seeks to maintain current members through personal outreach to non-renewing members. Meets monthly via conference call.

Recruitment Sub-Committee

Recruits new members through recruitment campaigns, event engagement of non-members and will help to organize regional meet-ups in non-local cities to enhance the presence of SHFM and provide networking opportunities to grow membership. Additionally, the sub-committee will welcome all new members through personal outreach working with the Engagement sub-committee. Meets monthly via conference call.

Membership Marketing Sub-Committee

Advises on initiatives and activities to promote the value and benefits of the association, attracts new members and builds current member awareness through work on various projects and initiatives, including Social Media Ambassadors, website projects, membership projects and the cascading of pre/post communication of various SHFM events. Drives interactive engagement through encouragement of members to like, comment or share posts through multiple platforms to build organic following. Meets monthly via conference call.

Finally, this full committee serves as ambassadors for SHFM membership throughout their everyday business activities through interaction with potential members. The full committee meet every other month via conference call.

CHAIR – Sherri Silverstein, UBS

CO-CHAIR RECRUITMENT - Leslye Davidson, J&J Snack Foods Corp. 
CO-CHAIR RECRUITMENT - Elise Ruf, Guest Services Inc.

CO-CHAIR ENGAGEMENT - Teryl Thurman, Blue Plate Catering

CO-CHAIR MEMBERSHIP MARKETING - Kristen Impastato, Impossible Foods

If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please contact Tony Butler at

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