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I spent last Thursday and Friday in the excellent company of two of this industry’s most knowledgeable and personable executives – David King and Patricia Ryan – judging the entries in the first-ever Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, to be held at Manchester Airport on 24 January 2011.
David, former Managing Director of Alpha Retail, and now running his own consultancy (The David King Partnership) is Convenor of Judges for the event, which was conceived and is being run by The Moodie Report. He knows the food & beverage sector inside out and his knowledge and drive makes him the perfect individual for a highly challenging role.
Patricia’s credentials are equally impeccable. Currently CEO of her own consultancy (Florida-based Decision Services International), Patricia is one of the industry’s foremost experts on airport commercial revenues. Among her many senior posts, she spent time as Division Director, Commercial Operations, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, where she was responsible for managing Miami International Airport’s commercial revenue-generating activities.
They make for a great team. That’s just as well, for judging 150 entries from all around the world was a difficult task. Some of the entries were first-class in their presentation and insight; but others left something to be desired. All warranted equal examination.
Our collective job was to establish the best of the best and to have absolute credibility and integrity for these important, first-ever awards. We think the shortlists (to be announced soon) will underline those principles emphatically.
Airport Food & Beverage has never had its own dedicated event. That will all change at Manchester Airport. We hope to see you there.