Deron Lichte Volunteers at St. Vincent’s

The executive committee receives instructions before starting their day of service at St. Vincent de Paul, Madison, Wisc.
The executive committee receives instructions before starting their day of service at St. Vincent de Paul, Madison, Wisc.

Recently, Food Warming Equipment Company’s President, Deron Lichte, and his fellow NAFEM executives took time out of their day to travel to Madison, Wisconsin. While there they went to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry to volunteer with the staff there.

“NAFEM is an association of 550+ foodservice equipment & supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage & table service.”

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is an organization that helps disenfranchised families in a certain area with food costs.  Here is how the Madison pantry operates:

FWE President, Deron Lichte, stands with the other NAFEM Executives as they prepare to volunteer at the Madison St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
FWE President, Deron Lichte, stands with the other NAFEM Executives as they prepare to volunteer at the Madison St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

“We run one of the largest, busiest food pantries in Dane County. Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry operates on a customer-choice basis. Using “points” based on your household size, you can shop our pantry like a grocery store for the food you and your family prefer and will eat.”

Deron and the group getting down and cheesy for their volunteer work!
Deron and the group getting down and cheesy for their volunteer work!
Deron getting cheesy!
Deron getting cheesy!
Deron Lichte (L) presents Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker (R) with a NAFEM Chef Coat!
Deron Lichte (L) presents Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker (R) with a NAFEM Chef Coat!

After getting into some cheesy situations at the food pantry. Deron Lichte along with the other executives met with the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, to discuss the importance of the manufacturing industry to the American economy.

FWE is proud to have a President that is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help his fellow men and women in need.

The NAFEM Executive Committee with Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.
The NAFEM Executive Committee with Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.

PRESIDENT OF FOOD WARMING EQUIPMENT ELECTED TO NAFEM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT OF FOOD WARMING EQUIPMENT CO.,INC. ELECTED TO NAFEM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deron Lichte newest NAFEM Board Member

Portland,Tenn. (March 2, 2015) – The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has elected Deron Lichte to the board of Directors. The board members are elected by existing members. Newly elected members serve three-year terms. Deron is a seasoned NAFEM volunteer, having worked on various committees and task forces throughout his service to the organization. NAFEM is a trade association of more than 600 foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service. For more information, visit www.nafem.org.

Deron Lichte, President of FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc.
Deron Lichte, President of FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc.

“I welcome the opportunity to grow and guard the NAFEM brand at the board level. With nearly 30 years of experience in the commercial foodservice equipment industry and a history of undertaking NAFEM agenda’s and professional committee opportunities, I am passionate about the challenges and opportunities available to our industry, both domestically as well as internationally. As an owner of an independent manufacturing company, I have brought a depth of fresh, relevant, and responsive experience and entrepreneurial spirit from the mid-size member’s perspective on how to keep NAFEM relevant for all our businesses long-term. It would be an honor to represent you on the board.”

Deron Lichte joined Food Warming Equipment Co., Inc (FWE) in the ‘80s in general administration, working through the ranks to President until purchasing the company in 1994. His first official board meeting will be in June. He was nominated to run for a seat on the board because of his years of engagement in NAFEM, volunteering/serving on committees and attending NAFEM-hosted events.

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com

Deron Lichte (third from left, back row) at the 2015 NAFEM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Deron Lichte (third from left, back row) at the 2015 NAFEM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Custom Banquet Transport – Special Delivery

Duane Welch, Director of Stewarding for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, partnered with Food Warming Equipment Owner and President Deron Lichte to design special equipment, including rolling refrigerated and delivery carts, to be used in the hotel’s banquet areas.  “We were able to create a shelving piece that allowed better security for the sheet pans holding the food,” says Welch.  “During transport, we don’t have salads falling all over the place.”

The team created labor- and storage-efficient mat delivery carts that don’t drip on and destroy mats in the hotel’s kitchen.  Additionally, the Cosmopolitan uses FWE’s single-drawer, electric- and sterno-approved heated cabinets, which allow heat to be built back up to the food during transport.

FWE also Offers double speed Racks that are cross-functional for moving plated products to banquet rooms and accepting trays of dirty dishes afterward, allowing for the use of a single cart rather than taking up valuable hallway space with the multiple carts, says Welch. -MP

Contact:  800-222-4393, www.fwe.com

from:  Hotel  F&B | January February 2012