Foodservice Leaders Summit, Certified Angus Beef’s annual 3-day event for foodservice industry leaders, was held in Marco Island, FL from Jan. 22-24. Designed to ignite success, provide tailored resources and drive sales, the event culminated with a dinner to celebrate partner successes over the last year. Two stand out award winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the brand.  

Jon Kennard, Gordon Food Service Calgary receives the New Performer of the Year award. 

New Performer of the Year Award 

Jon Kennard, from Gordon Food Service Calgary, was announced as the 2024 New Performer of the Year. This award recognizes new specialists who dive into their roles with enthusiasm and dedication.  

Kennard’s commitment to passion for promoting the Certified Angus Beef ® brand made him the standout performer. Colleagues praised his availability, constructive approach to problem-solving and his relentless focus on training and events. Kennard’s contributions to the brand at Gordon Food Service earned him this significant award. 

Doug Voss, Sysco Iowa, receives the Specialist of the Year award.

Specialist of the Year Award 

Marking its 26th presentation since 1999, the Certified Angus Beef Specialist of the Year award went to Doug Voss. With over 40 years of experience and seven years as a Certified Angus Beef specialist for Sysco Iowa, Voss’s dedication to quality is evident through his achievements.  

He played a pivotal role in leading Sysco Iowa to win the 2022 Certified Angus Beef Commitment to Integrity award and Value-Added Product Marketer of the Year award. His leadership, training initiatives and focus on quality have led to numerous accolades and have helped drive consistent sales growth.  

Voss guided his team in 2023 to earn top 10 rankings every month for both pounds and value-added products. He also increased sales by converting end cuts to the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. His dedication to improving the brand daily, one case at a time, aligns seamlessly with the core values of Certified Angus Beef.