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John Martin of Martin Brothers Distributing Co. Honored for Foodservice Industry Contributions

AMELIA ISLAND, FL (January 24, 2011)—John Martin, CEO of Martin Brothers Distributing Co., Inc., Cedar Falls, IA, was honored for his exceptional leadership and contributions to foodservice when he was presented the IFDA Cornerstone Award.

The award recognized Mr. Martin’s industry work through the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), including serving as a member of the IFDA Board of Directors for the past 11 years, as IFDA Vice Chairman from 2006-2007, and as IFDA Chairman from 2008-2009. Martin was presented the award January 16, 2011, before his peers and trading partners, during the opening event of the IFDA Partners Executive Forum, a top-to-top forum attended by approximately 50 distributor and 50 manufacturer companies.

“Personally, one of the great privileges that I have had in my role at IFDA is the opportunity of working with business leaders who have so much passion for this industry — and I can tell you, John is really at the top, almost unequaled when it comes to the zeal and energy in which he approaches any job,” said IFDA President & CEO Mark Allen during the award presentation.

“John’s energy was instrumental in launching the GS1 Standards Initiative, and I can’t emphasize that enough," said Allen. "Without John’s leadership and vision from the beginning, we would not be where we are today on the GS1 initiative. He established complete and accurate data as a priority in his tenure as Chairman and his tenacity and vision are primary reasons why that initiative has made so much progress.

Read more and see photos of the event on the IFDA Web site: http://www.ifdaonline.org/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=738&z=6

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