R.W. Smith & Co.'s Senior Business Development Manager, Amanda Janasik, was named Dealer Sales Rep of the Month for April by FE&S Magazine.
For more than ten years, Amanda has built a diverse client base and established long-lasting relationships with her customers through dedicated service, friendship and trust. Whether it's a small restaurant or a large hotel, Amanda goes above and beyond to find the best solutions for her customers that help to enhance their operation and keep them ahead of the competition. Her dedication to delivering quality results is evident in every project.
We asked Amanda to share her inspiration for a career in the foodservice industry, her passion for the industry and all-time favorite dishes.
1. What inspired you to embark on a career in foodservice?
My love for food was passed on to me at a young age from my dad who had always been obsessed with the kitchen and cooking (and all of the tools and gadgets found in the kitchen). I always looked forward to my afterschool and summer jobs waitressing, and actually took an event planning class in high school which led to selecting Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management as my major at Penn State.
2. As an employee-owner of R.W. Smith & Co. for over ten years, you've learned a lot about the industry. What is it about the industry and its people that drive your passion and enthusiasm?
Over the past ten years, I've learned that this industry is really the best one to be in! It's a lot of fun, and the people in the industry are a passionate and enthusiastic breed. It's inspiring to work with others who are truly excited by what they are doing.
3. Share with us a customer experience that was memorable and special.
The best part about working with a customer on a large project or a restaurant opening is hearing about all their successes after the project is complete and the restaurant is up and running. We see firsthand how much of their hearts and souls (and money and hours) our customers put into their business. The special moments are times when I visit a customer and see a packed dining room or whenever I read a rave restaurant write-up. Our customers' successes are well-earned and truly deserved.
4. Let's face it. We are all foodies here! What are a couple of your all-time favorite dishes?
Hands down, my all-time favorite meal is Old Bay seasoned Maryland blue crabs with a tomato and Hungarian hot pepper salad, corn on the cob and a cold beer. There's nothing better! The bratwurst burger at Draft at Belmont Park is a close second though.
To view the FE&S article about Amanda, click here.
A company-wide congratulations to Amanda for this well-deserved honor!