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R.W. Smith Design Appoints New GM: Gary Coburn January 31, 2014
By: RW Smith

COSTA MESA, CA – January 31, 2014 – R.W. Smith & Co. (www.rwsmithdesign.com), a premier provider of foodservice and restaurant design and build services, has appointed Gary Coburn to its leadership team as General Manager. Coburn, a long-term industry executive and consultant, will report to Allan Keck, President and CEO of R.W. Smith & Co.

"We are pleased to have Gary join our leadership team,” says Allan Keck, President and CEO. "With over thirty years of industry experience, Gary has an extensive background in developing, building, branding and running foodservice operations of all types. He will provide our team with new insights into growing our brand and will help our customers to build their brand as well. We look forward to working with Mr. Coburn to advance our design/build business.”

Prior to joining R.W. Smith, Gary Coburn held several executive-level leadership positions in the hospitality industry, including restaurant ownership. With over 30 years of experience, he has converted, managed, franchised, rebranded and consulted for facilities ranging from full-service to casual restaurants, billiards, country dance halls, start-ups, professional sporting venues, grocery stores and commissaries.

Of new role as General Manager, Coburn states, "I am excited to find a home with a company with such a great history and team. With my experience in all facets of the hospitality industry and understanding the needs of the owners, I am looking forward to leading the R.W. Smith design/build division in the years to come.”

About R.W. Smith & Co.
R.W. Smith & Co. began supplying the foodservice industry in 1935. For over 75 years, the company has provided finely-crafted dining room collections and high-quality kitchen essentials. R.W. Smith was twice honored to be named "Dealer of the Year” by one of the industry’s most recognized publications, FE&S Magazine. Information about R.W. Smith & Co. can be found at www.rwsmithco.com.

Media Contact:
Erica Bishop
Marketing Manager
8555 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126


Gary Coburn, GM, RW Smith Design
R.W. Smith Unveils Alani Porcelain for Restaurants and Hotels November 21, 2013
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co. has expanded its tabletop collections to include new Alani Porcelain dinnerware. Enhance the dining experience with brilliant white dinnerware that combines timeless style with long-lasting durability.

Designed to inspire today’s restaurants, hotels and catering services, Alani sets the standard in concept, design and style. Show off the colors and textures of food on a classic white backdrop to create an enticing dining experience. This versatile collection is suitable for both special occasions and casual settings.

Alani dinnerware is crafted of exceptionally durable porcelain and is resistant to scratches, chips and discoloration. Pieces in this collection include plates, bowls, cups, saucers and a selection of accompaniment items. Flat plates come with a two year chip warranty.

View Alani Brochure › | Shop the Alani Collection

Alani Porcelain
Introducing Venu: A Premium Tableware Collection for Restaurants and Hotels October 4, 2013
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co. is proud to announce its latest tableware collection, Venu. The range features elegant bone china dinnerware and four distinctive patterns of stainless steel flatware.

Venu bone china dinnerware is the preferred choice of restaurants, hotels, resorts and casinos. Crafted of 45% bone, its beauty is backed by superior durability and strength.

Also available is Prado flatware, the first in the series of flatware collections. Comprised of 18/0 stainless steel, it is visually pleasing and boasts a symmetry that is sure to make a statement on virtually any tabletop.

Unveil Excellence
Discover the unmatched quality and refined style of Venu. Now through November 22nd, 2013, receive a $50 Visa gift card for participating in a complimentary tabletop presentation with one of our foodservice experts. Send your presentation request to atyourservice@rwsmithco.com, then complete a brief post-presentation survey to claim your gift.

View the Venu Look Book › | See Offer Details

Trade-In Event
Donate your existing china dinnerware to a local aid organization and receive an instant trade-in value on any Venu bone china purchase of 50 dozen or more.

  • Strongest china on the market
  • Includes a 5-year chip warranty on flat plates
  • Choose from plates, cups, bowls and accessories
View the Venu Trade-In Event Flyer
Venu Bone China
CRA San Diego Nominates Gina Patterson to Board of Directors September 26, 2013
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co.’s Business Development Director, Gina Patterson, recently won a coveted seat on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. When a seat opened up on the Board, Patterson was invited to apply, and she received unanimous nomination. The board boasts 36 members, 15 of whom are Service Providers, including Patterson.

Board seats carry a three-year term, and members are required to serve on at least one committee during their tenure. Patterson has served on the Special Events Committee for the past two years, and will continue to participate on this committee through the duration of her term. The committee focuses on organizing industry events for CRA members, such as networking mixers, San Diego Restaurant Week, and the distinguished Gold Medallion Awards.

The CRA provides leadership, direction, training and educational tools for the restaurant industry. It also builds community relationships among customers and restaurant operators by organizing local food events. For more information, visit www.calrest.prg.

Gina Patterson
R.W. Smith & Co. Names Stuart Sharp New Chief Operating Officer August 22, 2013
By: RW Smith

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 22, 2013 – R.W. Smith & Co. (http://www.rwsmithco.info/), a leading provider of foodservice supplies and equipment, has appointed Stuart Sharp to its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer, a new position within R.W. Smith & Co. Sharp is the former Vice President of Division Sales at Carlisle Foodservice Products and will report to Allan Keck, President and CEO of R.W. Smith & Co.

"We are pleased to add Stuart Sharp to our executive management team, "says Allan Keck, President and CEO. "His decades of experience in our industry plus his knowledge in manufacturing, importing, and exporting of our products will provide additional strength to our team.”

Prior to joining R.W. Smith, Stuart Sharp held several leadership positions, including three Vice Presidency roles at Carlisle Foodservice, based in Oklahoma City, OK. Recently, Sharp was responsible for restructuring Carlisle’s sales management team by market segment and leading continued double-digit growth in their global markets, including Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Of new role as COO, Sharp states, "I’m very excited about the opportunity to expand my experience in the foodservice industry by joining such a respected and well-run distribution company as R.W. Smith & Co. The combination of R.W. Smith’s unique go-to-market strategy for high-end tabletop products with my experience leading a smallwares-focused sales organization will provide a strong base to accelerate the company’s profitable growth in the future.”

About R.W. Smith & Co.
R.W. Smith & Co. began supplying the foodservice industry in 1935. For over 75 years, the company has provided finely-crafted dining room collections and high-quality kitchen essentials. R.W. Smith was twice honored to be named "Dealer of the Year” by one of the industry’s most recognized publications, FE&S Magazine. Information about R.W. Smith & Co. can be found at http://www.rwsmithco.info/.

Media Contact:
Erica Bishop
Marketing Manager
8555 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126

Stuart Sharp, RW Smith COO
FE&S Honors Jason Sem with DSR of the Month, April 2013 April 10, 2013
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co.’s Sr. Business Development Manager, Jason Sem, was named Dealer Sales Rep of the Month by FE&S Magazine for April 2013.

For more than eight years, Jason has cultivated a diverse client base and established trusted relationships with his clients, which he feels are akin to friendships. After advancing from dishwasher and busboy to food and beverage director, Jason’s career took an unexpected turn when a sales opportunity arose at R.W. Smith & Co.

In his interview, he reveals his key selling strategies, his approach to working with a variety of industry segments, and the importance of flexibility.

Read the full interview with Jason at www.fesmag.com.

Image courtesy of FE&S Magazine.

Jason SEM
R.W. Smith & Co. Attends NAFEM February 8, 2013
By: RW Smith

The NAFEM Show February 7-9, 2013 in Orlando, FL. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers offers an exciting showcase for industry leaders to exhibit their newest products. In a recent interview with us, NAFEM President Tom Campion explained all the opportunities the show has to offer, "From product training to one-on-one meetings with company presidents, engineers and product specialists - it's all on the NAFEM floor."

With ServSafe classes, LEED workshops for greening businesses, and displays from top manufacturers such as Steelite, Vollrath, Libbey, Cambro and more, there is no end to the knowledge and foodservice insights gained at The NAFEM Show.

Our people are committed to bringing excellence and ingenuity to the table every day. While at The NAFEM Show, we will be looking to find the most innovative products and services to better serve our customers.

April Snow
FE&S Honors April Snow with DSR of the Month, June 2012 July 17, 2012
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co.'s Sr. Business Development Manager, April Snow, was named Dealer Sales Rep of the Month by FE&S Magazine for June 2012

For more than five years, April has pursued her passion for bringing chefs' menus to life. A former customer service representative for R.W. Smith & Co., she now provides her clients with a competitive edge by applying her support training to opportunities in the field. In her interview, she reveals how, regardless of operation, food trends influence tabletop designs. Inspired by the top chefs she works with, April welcomes the challenge of creating unique customer experiences for high-end restaurants and casinos.

Read the full interview with April at www.fesmag.com.

April Snow
NRA Show 2012 April 16, 2012
By: RW Smith

R.W. Smith & Co. will be attending the National Restaurant Association Show 2012. The event takes place from May 5-8 in Chicago at the famed McCormick Place.

For R.W. Smith & Co. to remain an industry leader, we participate in this popular conference to learn about new trends, hear from business leaders, meet up and coming vendors, and discover innovative concepts that we can share with our customers.

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. The event attracts 58,000-plus attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100-plus countries, and showcases the latest products, services, pioneering ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues and other growth opportunities.

NRA Show 2012
Event Highlights
  • Special keynote presentation by President Bill Clinton on Sunday, May 6
  • Free education sessions, panel sessions, and cooking demonstrations
  • Exhibitors from over 900 foodservice categories
  • Smart solutions for profitable business success

For more information, visit www.restaurant.org/show.

R.W. Smith & Co. Launches new Ecommerce Website March 29, 2012
By: RW Smith


R.W. Smith & Co. Launches New Ecommerce Website

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 2012) - R.W. Smith & Co., a leading provider of foodservice supplies and equipment, has launched its new business-to-business, custom designed website. The company's website, www.rwsmithco.info, has become a robust ecommerce platform designed to offer customers an easy and secure method of purchasing top-quality product from an expansive online catalog. Customers will have 24/7 access to their R.W. Smith account to manage orders, invoices and more. R.W. Smith & Co. has developed its new online store with enhanced features to bring convenience and expediency to the shopping experience.

"Through leading ecommerce technology, we have developed an online, interactive method of helping our customers to advance their business," says Allan Keck, CEO. "The addition of ecommerce affords us the opportunity to highlight our extensive product range and provide our customers with resources for making informed and smart purchases. RWSmithCo.com allows us to strengthen our core services from tabletop solutions to kitchen efficiencies."

RWSmithCo.com now provides several contemporary and user-friendly merchandising features to facilitate buying activities and inquiries. Visitors to the website are able to:

  • Shop our online catalog of approximately 20,000 products
  • Use faceted navigation to refine product searches
  • Save shopping lists and carts for future purchases
  • Manage their account online
  • Access industry resources and decision tools
  • Chat "live" with friendly and knowledgeable Customer Service representatives

The website showcases hundreds of top-brand product lines, including R.W. Smith's proprietary tableware collection, Tria.

R.W. Smith & Co. began supplying the foodservice industry in 1935. In 2010, the company celebrated 75 years of service, and in 2011 we were honored to be named "Dealer of the Year" by one of the industry's most recognized publications, FE&S Magazine.

Media Contact:
Erica Bishop
8555 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126

Ecommerce Launch
R.W. Smith Releases New Line of China, "Tria" November 1, 2011
By: RW Smith
From now through November 15th, R.W. Smith & Co. is holding a Tria Trade-In Event. In exchange for donating their reusable china to a local aid organization, businesses can receive huge savings on our stunning new collection of Tria dinnerware.

Just in time for the holidays, the Tria Trade-In Event extends an immediate discounted price on purchases of 50 dozen Tria Bone China or Porcelain dinnerware products. Select products include plates, cups, saucers and more.

Give back to local communities by donating reusable tabletop supplies. Homeless shelters, women's shelters, and similar non-profit local aid organizations prepare hundreds of meals per day. Donations will provide valuable support and help them better serve their patrons. In support of their over 60 years of serving the greater San Diego community, R.W. Smith & Co. has proudly partnered with Father Joe's Villages by providing donated kitchen supplies and equipment. For this trade-in event, we welcome donations of reusable china to Father Joe's Village or to any local aid organization supporting those in need.

Please contact R.W. Smith & Co. Customer Service for more information about this event.
Tria Trade-In Event
R.W. Smith & Co. Celebrates
75 Years
June 1, 2011
By: RW Smith

In 2010, R.W. Smith & Co. celebrated 75 years of service in the foodservice industry.

Established in 1935 by Rube Smith, we have grown vastly throughout the years, from a local bar supplier to a leading U.S. dealer of restaurant supplies and equipment. In 1975, our Commercial Kitchen Design & Build division was launched. Today, the division provides project and field management, contract administration, preventative maintenance, estimating, and CAD operation services by a team of trained design professionals with combined experience of over 150 years.

In 1984, the Controlled Environmental Rooms division was developed to meet the needs of bio-tech and other industries. Since its inception, the division has installed hundreds of customized rooms for a multitude of organizations, including universities, pharmaceutical companies, drug manufacturing facilities, and research and development companies.

Over the years, we have celebrated many accomplishments. In 2002, R.W. Smith & Co. became 100% employee owned and operated, and each employee-owner shares the responsibility for our growth and prosperity. In 1989, and again in 2011, we were recognized as "Dealer of the Year" from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, the leading publication in the foodservice industry. We also received FE&S' Top Achiever award in 2006.

Our success comes from exceptional customer relationships and a commitment to the highest standards in our products and services. We hope the next 75 years will continue to demonstrate our unwavering dedication to serving the foodservice industry with distinction.

R.W. Smith Celebrates 75 Years
R.W. Smith wins 2011 Dealer of the Year May 1, 2011
By: RW Smith
In May 2011, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine honored R.W. Smith & Co. with their most prestigious award. The company was recognized as the FE&S 2011 Dealer of the Year as a result of its open corporate culture, ongoing training and employee-driven success.

According to FE&S, the publication "is the one media source that connects equipment and supplies manufacturers and service providers with the full distribution channel including foodservice operators, E&S dealers, and facility design consultants."

Each year, FE&S recognizes the best of the foodservice industry at their annual industry awards gala. This is the second Dealer of the Year Award for R.W. Smith & Co, who first received the honor in 1989. The company was also recognized by FE&S as Top Achiever in 2006.

Click this link to view FE&S's full article: 2011 Dealer of the Year: R.W. Smith & Co., San Diego
R.W. Smith wins 2011 Dealer of the Year

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