For President & Vice President
In preparation for the upcoming ballot email, we have a 3-Part series of email newsletters introducing you to all of the candidates for the 2016-17 Board of Directors and all of the nominees for the 2015 Chef of the Year Award.
In this part, we introduce you to the candidates for Vice President and President. They each have a brief message for you.
For Vice President – Richard Cote, CEC
I am Richard Cote, CEC, and I am asking you to vote for me as Vice President of our chapter. I hope to continue our progress with membership, educational seminars, and other community projects to bring awareness for our Chapter. We need to do more in the self-promotion area and in community outreach to help prospective members realize who we are in relation to the food industry. Having been a member of our Board of Directors for a long time, I am familiar as to how the system works for the optimal benefit of the organization, I am again, asking for your vote.
For Vice President – Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE
Membership in a professional organization is a cornerstone to success in many industries. Food & Beverage is no different, but the American Culinary Federation Central Florida Chapter is unique in its ability to not only provide excellent networking with colleagues, but also more benefits which I would like to promote among our membership including education, certification and competitions.
Education is essential because knowledge can never be taken away from you: once you have it, it’s yours for a lifetime. Certification attests to our skills and sets us apart from our competition as we vie for promotions and new opportunities. Competitions hone our proficiencies, enrich our minds and bodies and awaken in us a sense of rivalry that is unparalleled anywhere else in the industry. For each and every member who wants to be certified, to compete or wants to know just a little bit more, and I pledge to help get you there!
As your Vice President I will help you achieve your goals and in the process also help elevate our chapter in the eyes of the employers, suppliers and fellow chefs throughout the country. I look forward to your vote and our continued work together as members of the Central Florida Chapter. Thank you for all you do.
Peter Vossenberg, M.Ed., CEC, CCE, ACE, CFBE, CHE, CS
For President – Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
Most of you know me pretty well. I’ve been involved with the Board of Directors for over 24 years and I have served on the Board in many different positions: 2 years as membership chair; 9 years as treasurer; 2 years as vice president; and 4 years as president.
Needless to say, I have become very comfortable with the business of guiding this chapter. Some people have asked me, “Why would you want to do this again? What motivates you?” I have a very simple answer.
All of you motivate me. The passion and respect you show for this industry. The fact that you attend meetings hoping to learn something new or learn a new way to do something that some of you have been doing for years. The fact that when we advertise on the website about an upcoming event, so many of you take time from your personal lives to help the chapter be successful. That’s what motivates me.
I look forward to the next two years, working with you and the highly dedicated group of chefs who will be your chapter Board of Directors. They all are the hardest working group of volunteers that I have ever had the privilege to work with. I am proud to call them peers, and even more proud to call them friends.
I know I will have a tough act to follow. Chef Alfano set the bar up a few notches higher as far as educational seminars go. But working together I promise you that we will do our best to make sure that what is presented to you is timely and informative. I also promise you we will have some fun. Our meetings are designed for you to not only learn something but to give you the chance to network and let off a little steam.
Our chapter’s commitment to the community will not change. We will continue to support the groups that we have in the past, and we are looking forward to cultivating some new partnerships. In 2017, we will again be asked to host the ACF National Convention, and I am sure we will once again do a great job.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Chef Alfano for his leadership. He started his term running and has never slowed down. We have worked very close during his tenure on the board, and I look forward to working with him again as we move forward. Thank you, Chef.
In closing, I want you to know that I will do my best to insure that any decision I make as Chapter President will be made with the best interest of you and the chapter in mind. You have all worked very hard to get us where we are today, and with continued hard work and teamwork, we can only get better.
A Reminder: The ballots will go to the email address you have on file with the national ACF office. Please keep an eye out for that ballot and please vote. This is your chapter and every vote counts.