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Hospitality Technology Announces 2017 Top Women in Foodservice Technology Award Winners


Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Top Women in Foodservice Technology Awards. In its inaugural year, the Top Women in Foodservice Technology Awards seek to honor outstanding women from both restaurants and technology suppliers for reimagining restaurant processes and operations while demonstrating excellence in leadership, inventiveness and skill.

"We were thrilled to be faced with the task of culling through so many deserving nominations of highly qualified women in the foodservice technology industry," said Dorothy Creamer, editor, HT magazine. "The achievements of all the nominees are truly outstanding and we will be paying attention to what the future holds for each of them. We expect even greater triumphs in the years ahead and look forward to having the opportunity to honor many more as ‘Top Women.’ While it was incredibly difficult to limit our selection, ultimately these 10 individuals have distinguished themselves among their peers in their respective categories. It is our great privilege to recognize them for their achievements and impact on the foodservice technology industry."

Winners were recognized in one of three categories:

Rising Star: 

Presented to women from any level of an organization with less than five years' experience in the industry, who have demonstrated leadership and are already making a mark in foodservice technology at an early stage in their careers.


Presented to women who are forward thinkers and who have executed on tools and strategy to transform the foodservice technology space in a positive manner by creating or deploying emerging technologies that reimagine how things are done while paving the way for future technologies.

Lifetime Achievement: 

This award is presented in recognition of a lifetime (no less than 15 years) of service and accomplishments in the foodservice technology industry. We seek to honor women who have had an impact on the foodservice technology industry as well as their colleagues and industry peers through enthusiasm, mentorship and commitment, while also showing how technologies can provide new ways of doing things.

The 2017 Top Women in Foodservice Technology Awards are:

Rising Star 

Kristen House of Paytronix Systems, Inc.

Mukta Joglekar of BlueCart Inc.

Stephanie Nardini of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc.

Joy Ugi of Orderly


Sherrill Kaplan of Dunkin' Brands

Anita Klopfenstein of PANERA BREAD

Stefania Mallett of ezCater, Inc.

Na'ama Moran of Sourcery Technologies, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement 

Karen Bird of Buffalo Wild Wings

Pat Darling of Ctuit Software

Winners will be profiled in the March 2017 issue of Hospitality Technology. An awards program will also honor the winners at the 22nd annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), being held March 7-9, 2017 at The Rio in Las Vegas.

About Hospitality Technology 

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes nine times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and Restaurant Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality Technology is published by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.

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