National President’s Award

CAFP President Carol Schell, CFE presenting Will Chan with the President's Award

2012 CAFP President’s Award Recipients

The National President’s Award, may be given to members in good standing who have shown outstanding or exceptional initiatives in any of the following categories.

  • Student Development and Mentoring
  • Leadership in special Branch or National initiatives
  • Community Involvement
  • Conference participation
  • CAFP membership growth and development
  • Personal Achievement in their professional field

The National President’s Award, which is presented at our annual conference, is given to members in good standing who have shown outstanding or exceptional initiatives in any of five major categories.  These categories include one for student development and mentoring.  This year, Brenda Hanlon, CFE, was one of two recipients of a National President’s Award, given in recognition for her work with students.

As the status of many of the student branches was in flux, Brenda contacted each one and offered her support and expertise to assist in individual branch development.  She drafted letters to faculty advisors and professional branch liaisons encouraging them to promote a Student CAFP Branch at their respective institution. She also worked to promote and establish new branches at several institutions.  This effort will provide more students with opportunities to learn about the foodservices industry through direct contact with industry leaders and also giving them continuing education activities.  

Brenda's professionalism, dedication and genuine concern for the food service industry leaders of tomorrow merit this well-deserved recognition.  

Another category for the National President's Award is leadership in special Branch and/or National initiatives.  The second award recipient is William (Will) Chan for his work as Member at Large President for the past few years.  During his tenure as MAL President, not only has Will grown the Branch in size, but he has developed a Student MAL membership and recruited several MAL members to serve on his Executive.

Will's diligence, tenacity, and innovation make him a deserving candidate for recognition of his accomplishments.


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