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RCA President’s Award Recipients

Is awarded at the discretion of the RCA President, to members whose contributions to the association or industry have made a significant impact.

2017

Bob Garrison
Jackie Kleis
Kimberly Schaub
Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan
Nelson Serrano-Bahri
Susan Murray

2016

Allison Rittman
Barton Dewing
Phillip Saneski
Susanna Tolini

2015

Dianna Fricke
Director of Culinology/National Accounts, J.R. Simplot Company

2014

Christian Hallowell
Customer Dedicated Executive Chef, Gate Group 

2013

Lynn Tripp 

2012

Marilyn Carlson
Dogwood Solutions
Jill Golden
Orange Coast College 

2011

Stephen Kalil, CEC, CRC
Frito-Lay
Marshall Scarborough
Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen 

2010

Darryl L. Holliday
Louisiana State University
Robin Schempp
Right Stuff Enterprises
Robert Danhi
Chef Danhi & Co., Mortar & Press
Chef Kurt Stiles
Pure Living 

2009

Aubrey Coffee, Ph.D.
Clemson University
Bob Davis
Max & Erma’s and Damon’s 

2008

Jason Gronlund
McIlhenny Company TABASCO® Brand Products
Allison Rittman, CRC
Culinary Culture
Hans Schade
High Result Solutions 

2007

Kevin Anderson
Burger King Brands
Carl Borchgrevink
Michigan State University 

2006

Michael Cheng, Southwest Minnesota State University
Dolf De Rovira, Flavor Dynamics 

2005

Richard Beaudoin, Impex Monteregie
Marilyn Carlson, Oberto Sausage Co.
John Matchuk, T. Hasegawa USA 

2003

Dolf De Rovira, Flavor Dynamics
Eric Sparks, Park 100 Foods
RCA Midwest-Chicagoland Region 

2002

Kevin Anderson, Burger King Brands
Wendy Baskerville
Michael Cheng, MCC
Jeff Cousminer, Firmenich, Inc.
John Cuskor, CA Raisin Marketing Board
Jennifer Diamond, Firmenich, Inc.
“Chef J” Hugh McEvoy
Nina Price 

2000

Michele Block, Darifair Foods, Inc.
Steve Flynn, Manufacturers Chefs Group
Bill “Pops” Hahne, Eatem Foods, Inc. 

1999

Gary Freeman, American Saucery
Michael Leonard, Food Product Design magazine 

1998

Jeff Cousminer, Firmenich, Inc.
Lisa Marie Morse, The CBORD Group