...at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Foodservice Management (SFM), held in Montreal, Canada. At SFM’s closing dinner, outgoing SFM President Sally Minier introduced Emily Pacifico, who joined her to make the special presentation, named to posthumously honor one of SFM’s longest-tenured supporters and members.
[You can view a video clip of SFM’s Robert Pacifico "Above and Beyond" award presentation by clicking here: Bob Pacifico Award
The award’s recipient was Rod Collins, principal of Rod Collins Associates and another long-tenured member and supporter of SFM. In his acceptance speech, Collins observed that SFM had lost "a great friend and the industry a great man.
"My 2-year friendship with Bob made me a better person," Collins said. "I have never met a more skilled designer, one who was never out there to design for himself to design to win awards. He designed for the client, to make your operations better, to make you look better. He was there to listen to you and his eyes and ears were always on you because of that.
"I have been fortunate in this industry to have known some of the best and the brightest, and they are the ones who are out to make this industry better and who share the most. Bob was one of these.
"Understand me when I say that, even though I miss him, Bob has never really left us. Stand with me and congratulate him on a life well lived."