IFMA presents this honor to an industry executive who has made extraordinary contributions to foodservice education. Gray is a long-time supporter of foodservice professionalism and education and an "outspoken champion" of Efficient Foodservice Response (EFR) since its inception, IFMA points out. In addition, IFDA and IFMA cosponsored the landmark Foodservice 2010 research project in 2000, in which Gray was pivotally involved. He also served on IFMA's 2001 Research Committee, where he helped develop "The Value-Added Edge: Winning Business Models" study. At the same time, Gray has been a member of the Presidents Conference Planning Committee since 2001 and is a supporter, with the IFDA government affairs team, of legislation that benefits and strengthens the foodservice industry.
The award presentation will be made during IFMA's Sales & Marketing Conference, May 15, at the Knickerbocker Hotel, in Chicago.