Aramark celebrates young leaders at annual 40 Under 40 Awards

May 10, 2022
Employees were honored during Aramark’s 40 Under 40 Awards virtual symposium.

Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, recognized 40 of the company’s brightest young leaders with the second annual Aramark 40 Under 40 Awards.

Aramark’s exceptional young professionals were nominated by their leadership teams, across the enterprise and internationally, based on their line of business and Aramark impact, broader industry influence and community reach. Members of this year’s 40 Under 40 cohort were given an opportunity to participate in two days of professional development programming hosted by the Aramark Young Professionals (AYP) employee resource group (ERG), which aims to connect, engage and empower young professionals recently entering the workforce.

“Congratulations to the 2022 40 Under 40 Awards class and our two A2L emerging leaders — thank you for creating experiences that matter every day,” said Carl Mittleman, executive sponsor of AYP and chief operating officer, International. “As I look toward the bright future ahead for these individuals, I am in awe of what they’ve been able to achieve in such a short time in the workforce and thank them for their contributions in making Aramark a great place to work.”

The 40 Under 40 Awards professional development program includes a career pathways panel featuring various Aramark leaders, LinkedIn best practices training, learning session dedicated to creating a healthy work/life balance, and more. The two-day event concluded with a virtual awards ceremony May 5.

The following award recipients were recognized for their impact within the organization, industry and community.

Avendra Group

  • Judy Breen – Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Zach Cocco – Transactional Services Accounting Supervisor


  • Max Cavanaugh – Director of Brand & Innovation
  • Michael Pettinelli – Vice President, Global Risk & Insurance
  • Patrick Shea – Assistant General Counsel
  • Pia Monasterio Blanco – Assistant General Counsel
  • Scott Sullivan – Senior Director, Investor Relations and M&A
  • Shaady Ghadessy – Service Excellence Director

Correctional Services

  • Brianna Rushing – Food Service Manager
  • Nicole McVaugh – Director, IN2WORK


  • ·Brian Smith – Conference Planning Manager
  • Jerod Viers – Director of Operations

Education (K-12)

  • Molly Bortin – General Manager
  • Stephanie Goodson – Chef Manager
  • Vanessa Mowrer – General Manager


  • Brooke Miner – Operations Manager
  • Elcra Brown – District Manager
  • Katie Pokorny – General Manager
  • Melinda Molnar – Quality & Standards Manager
  • Tonya Gray – Director of Innovation and Quality


  • Adrienne Gebele – General Manager
  • Frank Peacock – General Manager

Higher Education

  • Dwayne Pursley – Director of Operations
  • Michael Wilson – Regional Culinary Director


  • Gabriella Carrier – Sustainability Manager – Canada
  • Joe Farrell – Executive Chef – Canada
  • Shara Beaton – Senior Human Resources Manager – United Kingdom
  • Suki Li – Talent Acquisition Senior Manager – China
  • Susann Immig – District Manager – Germany
  • Vanessa Yurchesyn – Account Manager – Canada

Refreshment Services

  • Kate Warfield – Business Process Manager
  • Laura O'Donnell – Zone Sales Manager
  • Robert Stevens – Zone Sales Manager

Sports + Entertainment

  • Shameka Akinleye – Executive Chef

Uniform Services

  • Andrew Childers – General Manager
  • Greg Daily – Service Manager
  • Joshua Simpson – Finance Supervisor/Controller

Workplace Experience

  • Brian Gregorowicz – Food Service Director
  • Ross W. Chasko – General Manager
  • Shelley Double – Food Service Director

This year, Aramark also recognized two emerging leaders from its Accelerate to Leadership (A2L) program, which offers recent graduates an accelerated career path to a leadership role within Aramark. A2L takes a dynamic “learn-by-doing” approach where program participants receive hands-on training and a depth of people management experience right away. The A2L honorees are:

  • Alexander Yannopoulos – Operations Associate Manager (Healthcare+)
  • Mia McGuin – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist (Corporate)


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