SHFM Set To Honor RA’s Cattani At 2017 SHFM Golf Tournament


Over the past few years hospitality and foodservice has undergone a lot of change. As different trends flow over the industry it impacts just about every segment. The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) focus is to create a place where industry leaders and newcomers can come together to network, collaborate, and discuss the evolution of the industry. SHFM holds various events all over the country to help get the industry together, from their National Conferences, Wine Tasting and of course their golf tournaments.

On May 17th, SHFM will be holding its annual Foundation Golf Tournament at Old Oaks Country Club in Harrison New York. Registration to the event is available online here. Diamond Sponsors in attendance will be Aramark, Coca-Cola, Compass Group and Sodexo. Platinum sponsors include Snapple Group, Mars Drinks, Meiko, Systopia and Vivreau Advanced Water Systems.

SHFM members oversee all facets of corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality, from cafeterias, cafès and retail operations to catering, vending, fitness centers, child care services and conference planning and support, including audio/visual services.They represent the most influential professionals in these industries—the people who directly provide these services and oversee purchasing decisions for hundreds of business campuses and millions of employees.

In addition to the tournament industry leader Richard Cattani of The Restaurant Associates will be honored for his numerous contributions to the industry and specifically SHFM. Cattani first became involved with SHFM at their annual conference in 1989 in Charleston, SC. This was before SHFM was just SFM. The veteran has served on the SHFM Board of Directors and has offered his time and talent to help SHFM grow. TFS sat down with Cattani to talk about being honored and what SHFM means to him.

“It’s pretty amazing to see everyone put their egos and competitive hats away and open their hearts, their wallets, their minds to helping each other when needed and coming together when supporting a worthwhile cause. I think it’s one of the things that make this industry so special and SHFM has played a big role in that. I’m blessed to have been involved with both for so long,” said Cattani.

SHFM for Cattani has been an opportunity to help a good cause and just happened to make life long friends along the way. “I am absolutely shocked and excited, how could I not be! Recognition and golf, does not get much better than that. I am taken back when I heard and sincerely appreciative that SHFM chose to honor me,” Cattani concluded. Cattani continued to quote the great Winston Churchill with his famous quote “You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give.” Cattani is incredibly honored and flattered to be honored. Make sure to be part of such a special moment as Cattani Cattani is honored for his long-standing involvement with SHFM.

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So grab your clubs or grab them there and head upstate for some golf, brunch, and the opportunity to spend time with industry leaders from all over the Tri-State area. Brunch will begin at 10:30 am and a shotgun start at 12:30 followed by a reception starting at 5:00. Make sure to be part of this special event and register before it’s too late.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to share such a special golf course with our SHFM members and there guests,” noted Air Comfort’s Dan McCaffrey who is the chair of the annual golf/gala. The event is set for its first ever visit to the legendary Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase.  The landmark clubhouse was originally constructed as a residential estate for a silk merchant named Trenor Luther Park in 1925.  The legendary golf course was the work of the famous golf architect A.W. Tillinghast was the of two golf courses for the Progress Country Club.

To register for the SHFM Foundation Golf Tournament now, visit their website.