American Culinary Federation National Officers Announced


Mark Kent, CEC, AAC, chair of the American Culinary Federation Inc.’s (ACF) Nominations & Elections Committee, announced June 11 the results of the ACF national officers election for the 2013-2015 term. National officers serve on ACF’s board of directors, which oversees the federation and works with national office staff to guide the organization’s growth and member benefits.

According to results tallied by Survey & Ballot Systems, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the following candidates secured a majority vote and will serve as ACF national officers for a two-year term that begins at the board’s installation during the President’s Grand Ball at the 2013 ACF National Convention, Las Vegas, July 25.

“The ACF Nominations & Elections Committee is pleased to have these qualified chefs as our national officers,” says Kent. “The candidates have made a commitment to serve the American Culinary Federation to the best of their ability. Ultimately, the American Culinary Federation is the big winner, because we believe that these culinarians will do a great job in serving our organization.”

President: Thomas “Tom” Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, product specialist manager/executive chef, US Foods, Philadelphia.

Secretary: James “Jim” Taylor, CEC, AAC, ACE, MBA, professor, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio.

Treasurer: William J. Tillinghast, CEC, AAC, MBA, director of culinary/pastry programs, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

Vice President, Central Region: Kyle Richardson, CEC, CCE, AAC, CHE, ACE, professor, culinary arts, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Vice President, Northeast Region: George O’Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC, associate professor, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Vice President, Southeast Region: Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC, ACE, executive chef, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta.

Vice President, Western Region: David Goodwin, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, executive chef/director, culinary operations, Culinary Solutions A La Carte, Minden, Nevada.

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, chef/owner, MT Cuisine LLC, Las Vegas, will continue to serve on the board as immediate past president; Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, corporate executive chef, PCI Gaming Authority, Atmore, Ala., will continue to serve on the board as American Academy of Chefs chair; and R. Douglas Martinides, vice president, food/beverage development, ARAMARK Strategic Assets, Philadelphia, will remain on the board as an at-large member.

The current ACF board of directors has served since July 2011 and will remain the governing body until the new board is installed.


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