Last month, a record throng of some 500 plus jammed the ballroom of the Bronx Botanical Garden for the annual AJC’s Food Service division’s Human Relations Award Dinner.
The AJC (American Jewish Committee) honored Jay Ringelheim, President Globe Equipment Company, and the AJC’s Corporate Leadership Awards to Bull’sEye, and Reddy Raw, Inc. EYE notes that the success of the event each year comes as the result of the hard work of the indefatigable Lenny Myron of the AJC.
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EYE loved the introductory remarks of Hoffmaster’s Vice President of Sales Mike O’Neill. The former Boston College hockey captain spoke about the commitment that Bull’sEye’s founder has had since they launched the business. “They still carry the bag he noted in reference to each of the principals still being active in sales.”
The Dinner Chair was Restaurant Depot’s Clark Pager. This celebrated award is given to individuals whose contributions have helped to uplift the shared life of our community.
For 75 years now, Globe Equipment of Bridgeport has had a hand in many of the meals prepared across the county and more recently, around the world. “We provide the equipment and supplies to commercial food service establishments,” said owner Jay Ringelheim, who meets the needs of chain restaurants such as schools, nursing homes and other multi-meal operations, as well as having a retail space for all the chefs at home. “I think we’re well-known after all these years.” His father, Sidney, originally began the store with Jay’s uncle in 1938, in Bridgeport. The two had learned their trade as salesmen in New Jersey for several years prior, and thought Connecticut might offer opportunity. For many years, Globe’s business centered in Connecticut, but when the third generation Brian Ringelheim became a key player in the business, Globe expanded its market and made a significant leap into the 21st century.
The firm used the event to celebrate its’ grand reopening on the day after the AJC festivities.
The Metro New York dealer community was well represented by notables including Jimmy Weiss, Kevin Byman, Liz Weiss and Jeff Dellon of H. Weiss LLC, Marc Fuchs and Morgan Tucker of M. Tucker/Singer NY, and E&A Supply’s Joel Green.
The Reddy Raw acceptance gave the evening’s guest insight into the teamwork of the well-oiled food distribution machine.
The company’s David Rothstein and Rob Paeprer spoke about the list of key acquisitions that the firm has made through the years. Reddy Raw provides an integral service with its redistribution of products to a number of distributors on the East Coast.
Two of the industry’s most influential buyers Jeffrey Burdick of Imperial Bag and Paper and Larry Rosenthal of Restaurant Depot were at AJC ‘16.
Among top equipment manufacturers were Elkay’s Paul Day, Giuliana Bollanos, Richard Ferlauto of EMI Industries and Nancy Ferra of Inter Metro.
The event has grown with the participation of the food industry over the past decade. Jim McManus of Key Impact, Infusion’s Cindy Young, Butterball’s Mark Abels, Advantage’s Mitch Levine, Ace Endico’s Murray Hertzberg and of course the recently retired Herb Reichenbach were all part of the overflowed crowd.
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