Metro New York Chapter And Local Reps Win Prestigious Awards At National MAFSI Conference


The Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI) released the winners of their biennial MAFSI award recipients at their 2016 Business Development Conference held last month in Phoenix.

MAFSI’s biennial award program properly recognizes those individuals who have performed in an exemplary fashion, and serve as recognition to ensure the future success and professionalism of the association, and the industry.

Nine MAFSI members, one chapter, and two non-members were presented with awards for their demonstrated leadership, as nominated by their peers.

It was a banner trip for the Metro New York Chapter. The MAFSI Region 03 – New York Metro Chapter won top national honors as the organization’s Chapter of the Year.  The award is given as encouragement and recognition for exceptional achievement as a MAFSI regional chapter, as active and effective chapters are needed to achieve MAFSI’s goals and further the mission and vision of the association.

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Heading the list of Metro New York winners was legendary rep Elliot Horowitz of Elliot Horowitz Associates. The Manhattan based sales professional was presented with MAFSI’s LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AWARD.


The award is presented to a representative that has been a member of the organization for at least 10 years and who has contributed to the foodservice industry through significant association involvement.

A duo of local reps were presented with PACESETTER AWARDs. Larry Cantamessa of Eastchester, NY based Posternak Bauer Aitkenhead Cantamessa and Joe Ferri of Pecinka Ferri Associates in Fairfield, NJ topped the list of national winners. The award is given to individuals who work for MAFSI agent member companies only, for demonstrating the highest degree of devotion and distinguished service in conjunction with MAFSI projects and activities.


The Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry is a 66 year-old, professional trade association comprised of 270+ independent sales and marketing agencies and 260+ manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment, supplies, tabletop and furnishings. Representing over 2,400 sales and marketing professionals and manufacturing executives across North America, MAFSI provides market forecasting, networking and partnership opportunities, industry stewardship, education and resources, and member advocacy for the $11 billion commercial foodservice E & S industry.