IFSEA International Food Service Executives Association

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Established in 1901, the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) is the industry's oldest association for those furthering their hospitality careers. known for helping members and non-members earn food service certificates, scholarships, and more. The IFSEA Executive Committee includes Chairman of the Board Richard Weil, Chairman of the Board-Elect Edward Manley, and Treasurer David Kinney. You can find our members in:

  • Restaurants
  • Clubs
  • Catering Services
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Military Branches
  • Cruise Lines
  • Airlines
  • Corrections Facilities
  • Schools
  • Sports & Theme Parks
  • Distributors
  • Brokers
  • Food Equipment Manufacturers
  • Health Departments
  • And More

IFSEA is Unique

IFSEA reaches beyond common culinary and restaurant professions, assisting professionals working behind the scenes and those seeking management roles as well. We hold annual conferences, culinary competitions, and award ceremonies to network and discuss current happenings, but mostly to have fun.

We also work on charitable programs such as certifications for homeless veterans. Our connections in the industry have helped countless individuals.  

IFSEA membership is perfect for executive chefs, restaurant owners, catering directors, food suppliers, professionals, or students new to the industry. Let us help you broaden your skills and foster relationships needed to reach executive levels within the food service and hospitality industry. Other advantages include:

Culinary Competition

  • Meeting New Professionals & Life-Long Friends
  • Education Seminars
  • Training Programs
  • Updates on Industry Trends & News
  • Access to Job Openings & Postings
  • Assisting with the Development of the Food Service Profession
  • Food Service Executive Certifications
  • Student Scholarships & Mentorships
  • Culinary Competitions
  • IFSEA Meetups

Professional Development

IFSEA's professional development programs focus on boosting your professional credibility. For example, earning your food service executive certification will enhance your resume while showcasing your talents, knowledge, and experience in the field. Our certifications include both food service and process/application, with certification practice exams available as well.


IFSEA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Richard Weil - Chairman of the Board

Ed Manley - Chariman-Elect

David Kinney - Treasurer

Board Directors
Alysha Brooks

Stan Gibson

Michelle Hackman

Brian Kunihiro

Peter Starowicz

Laurel Schutter

CAFP - President Representative
Grant Thompson

Industry Advisors
Jack Kleckner
Richard "Dick" Hynes
Larry Brown

Branch President Council Advisors
Matt Trupiano
Donna Foster

Special Advisor to the Board
Dave Orosz

Student & Scholarship Advisor
Dr. Ernest Boger

Past Chairmen of The Board Advisors
Colin Sendall
Robert Mathews

Military Advisers
COL Curtis "Rock" Henry, U.S. Army MCFBD
CDR Thomas Daily, U.S. Navy
CSC David Zander, U.S. Navy, MCFE


Richard Weil, MCFE, Chairman of the Board
Richard is Vice-President for National Restaurant Consultants (NRC) in Golden, Colorado, has been a part of the foodservice and hospitality industry for six decades. NRC is a National and International Foodservice and Hospitality Industry consulting firm that specializes in opening restaurants, working with restaurant concepts that need adjustments through NRC’s registered “Operations Analysis” ® process, as well as a Richard is a sought-after industry professional “Expert Witness.” Richard has been involved in opening over 225 restaurant openings in his career as well as a renowned industry speaker.

Prior to joining NRC, Richard served as the President and COO of Nick-N-Willy’s Franchise Company, LLC. Under his leadership, Nick-N-Willy’s—a small regional pizza chain—grew from 11 stores to more than 130 locations and successfully went public in 2009.

Richard served as chairman of the board of the Colorado Restaurant Association from 2004-2005 and is the current Chairman of the Board of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and also served in this capacity from 1996-1998. He also served on the board of directors of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Albuquerque Aquarium and the New Mexico and California State Restaurant Associations.

Richard brings a unique perspective to food service and hospitality having been an owner-operator, restaurant kitchen design consultant, supply chain management expert, resource for addressing industry issues, and an expert witness validating both plaintiff and defense case positions.

Ed Manley, MCFBD, Chairman of the Board-Elect, Director of Development
Ed is President of the Foodservice Institute which is a dba for E. H. Manley and Associates. Ed served at all levels within IFSEA and branch and national level, becoming Chairman of the Board in 1988. In 1989, Ed became President, managing the IFSEA HQ until 2006. He was brought back in 2007 and left again in 2008. A retired Navy Lt. Commander, Ed then was a hospital foodservice director for 8 years before managing IFSEA. In 20010 Ed set up certification testing through the Global Foodservice Initiative at SUNY Morrisville. Ed resides in Boynton Beach, FL.

David Kinney, DODG, MCFE (food service industry) and CCE (the credit industry)
David Kinney, DODG, MCFE (food service industry) and CCE (the credit industry), has had forty years of financial management in the banking, financial consulting and hospitality industries. He has managed hotels and owned his own restaurant. He recently retired after 17 years with Intelliteach of St. Louis, MO.

David worked as a financial consultant in cash flow management and as Regional Vice President. He was responsible for thirty law firm and accounting firm clients throughout the U.S. David has a BS Degree in Business Management from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois. Additionally, he has received his Certified Credit Executives (CCE) certification from the National Association of Credit Managers and has served as a teacher for this organization. He also has served on the boards of directors for various charitable organizations.

In retirement, David has remained very active in various volunteer responsibilities. These include IFSEA and is the new International Treasurer and he served as Past International Chairman in the mid-90s.

He was a radio announcer on a small all-volunteer radio station plus he and wife Cindy worked and managed one of the largest venues at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque for 15 years.  In March 2019, Dave and Cindy wanted less snow and more time with their grandkids and moved to Ocala, Florida.