The IFE Group was established in 2000 to become the premier dealer on the institutional side of the food service equipment and supplies sector. In January 2003, IFE Marketing was conceived to handle the GSA schedule 73 foodservice equipment and supplies contract, along with installation and other related services that we offer to our Federal Government buyers.
IFE Marketing has grown substantially over the last fifteen years to become the highest quality, most responsive Federal Government contractor of foodservice equipment, supplies and installation services in the industry. Our team offers our Federal Government buyers over 75 years of combined experience. As a company which manages over 85 GSA approved manufacturers, IFE has completed thousands of projects both domestically and worldwide. IFE Marketing also offers its services to other Government agencies, including State, County, Municipal and City buyers.
IFE Marketing’s high level of experience, professionalism and our excellent track record of success in completing a diverse group of food service equipment projects worldwide, ensures that we will complete your project on a timely basis and on budget. We thank all of our loyal clients over the last fifteen years and look forward to continuing our mission of providing the Government market with the highest level of service in the industry.
Michael Benson – President; Encinitas, California
After graduating from Providence College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Michael began his career with Consolidated Freightways in Portland, Oregon where he worked between 1986 and 1989. He also worked for APA Transport in North Bergen, New Jersey between 1989 and 1991 as a sales executive. Here, he gained an insider’s understanding of how to ship products efficiently by truck, air, sea and rail. He learned how to find the best rates and the best delivery time frames, as well as how to identify potential delivery problems and other unanticipated events before they affected customers. This experience now serves IFE Marketing by allowing the coordination of realistic, efficient delivery times at the best rates from manufacturers to government customers.
In 1992, Michael was hired by Design Specialties, Inc., of Hamden, Connecticut. They recognized his transportation abilities and saw in him the ability to improve the service they gave to their customers and appointed him as their West Coast Regional Sales Manager. Design Specialties manufactures tray systems and small wares for the Institutional Food service industry and Michael was tasked with improving business with county jails, state prisons and federal prisons. He spent eight years in the field interacting with end users, packaging equipment and services; working together to meet their food service equipment needs. During this time he was able to substantially increase the company’s government sales and build long-lasting relationships in the industry.
In 2000, Michael formed the IFE Group as an independent representative company to specialize in institutional food service equipment sales and services. Because of his experience at Design Specialties, Inc., he was able to recognize his clients’ needs and address them on a customer-by-customer basis. Unlike his competitors who treated all food service equipment buyers as if they were restaurants, IFE improved the quality of service their customers received by addressing their specific circumstances and unique needs. At the urging of several food service administrators in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, IFE pursued and was awarded a GSA Contract in 2003. In the years since receiving this contract, Michael has greatly increased IFE’s business with federal buyers because of his recognition of their unique needs. IFE is now recognized as one of the top foodservicie equipment contractors by Federal Government Food Service Equipment buyers domestically and worldwide.
Walt Grisby – Director of Operations/Western Regional Sales Manager; Bend, Oregon
Walt had his first experience with federal government food service in the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. As his time in the Marine Corps progressed, he moved into a management position with a staff of ten under his supervision. He worked in management until his end of service in the Marine Corps in 2001. At that time he founded his own business in Information Technology and began working with IFE Group as their Information Technology Consultant. In January 2005, he made a lateral move, joining IFE as the Operations Manager. His responsibilities in this capacity were to continue to manage company technologies, improve the company’s operating procedures, and manage the Western U.S./Pacific Rim/Eastern Asia regional sales territory.
Walt is currently the Director of Operations and works extensively to develop and nurture customer and manufacturer relationships, oversee administration of IFE’s GSA contracts, identify new products for inclusion in IFE’s product/service offerings, and help to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the organization.
Walt has developed an advanced working knowledge of the food service dish-room/scullery. He serves as IFE’s Resident Dish-room Specialist by providing expertise for dish-room equipment installations and renovations, large and small. He provides turn-key project management from specification to purchase and installation for a diverse number of “open market” and GSA standard food service equipment projects as he can offer knowledge on all aspects and elements of the food service equipment industry.
Misty Perinne – Central Regional Sales Manager; Houston, Texas
Since graduating from Texas Tech University in 2001, Misty has been employed in the Food Service Equipment industry. She has worked in GSA food service equipment sales as the Key Accounts Manager for a marketing company holding multiple GSA contracts. She has been with IFE Marketing since 2003. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States developing customer relationships as well as introducing food service equipment products and services to government customers. Misty has worked on a large number of diverse projects and offers strong knowledge in all aspects and elements of the food service equipment industry. She has initiated new GSA contracts and identified new products to meet government customer needs. Misty has coordinated numerous large projects and the installation of equipment, working directly with installers and government facility personnel. She provides her expertise in specifications and installations in all styles of customer applications. Misty’s current sales territory is the central part of the United States, South America and Europe.
Tanguy Perinne- Eastern Regional Sales Manager; Houston, Texas
Tanguy has been employed in the Foodservice Equipment industry since 1997. Beginning with a position in inside sales for a marketing company holding multiple GSA contracts, he developed a solid product knowledge foundation and created key relationships within the industry and his customer base. In 2003, Tanguy decided to take an advancement opportunity with a manufacturer as Director of Sales at CounterCraft Kitchen Equipment Fabricating Company (Houston, TX). Over the course of nine years, he was a key component of creating and developing a new brand of custom serving lines under the new CounterCraft name. This position allowed him to expand relationships on the manufacturing side of the industry as well as working closely with top Foodservice consultants and Manufacturer’s Representatives across the country. Upon his departure in 2012, the company had achieved a solid presence in the industry as the premier fabricator of high quality custom serving counters.
Returning to government sales, Tanguy has been with IFE Marketing since early 2012 as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Bringing 20 years of foodservice equipment experience with him and in depth knowledge of multiple sides of the industry, he has strengthened his Eastern Region sales territory contributing to the continuing growth of IFE Marketing. Doubling as the company’s ‘Serving Line Specialist’ he has been able to expand the company’s involvement in this market segment and creating new business. With a strong orientation towards quality customer service, Tanguy is able to use his knowledge and experience to address every need of the government’s contracting officers, contract specialists, and end users.
Shukri (Chuck) Alfa – Middle East/Europe Sales; Washington, DC
Chuck joined IFE Marketing in 2009. He lives in Washington, DC and is based in our Beirut office. He is a food service industry veteran with over 18 years experience working with commercial kitchen equipment and spare parts. Besides being fluent in Arabic, French and English, Chuck also brings a wealth of Middle Eastern/European experience as he has traveled around the region for more than 30 years.
Josh Ladick – GSA Contract Administrator; Birmingham, Alabama
During his studies at University of California, San Diego, Josh worked as a project manager and warehouse supervisor for a small publishing company. After graduation with a Bachelors degree in cognitive science, Josh entered into an executive position within the security industry. There, he developed and honed his skills in business systems, financial management, and GSA Contract administration. These responsibilities included processing of product and service additions, price changes, and many other proposal modifications.
At IFE, Josh oversees and maintains our GSA Contract with an emphasis on working alongside food service equipment manufacturers to prepare and process documentation and subsequent submissions for approval in accordance with GSA requirements. He is also responsible for updating GSA Advantage, overseeing GSA audits, and making sure that IFE and its represented manufacturers comply fully with all regulations set forth by the GSA food service equipment office in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Jessica Zarley – Comptroller; Encinitas, California
Jessica is the Finance Department head overseeing financial operations, cash flow and forecasting for the company. She has a dedicated staff at the corporate office along with a sales and support team in the field. Jessica has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting within several industries including the government sector, travel industry and ecommerce.