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Pillars of the ICA 

In 2012, the Board of Directors of the International Caterers Association developed a new action plan and four Pillars that will help strengthen the catering industry. 

In 2013, we added a Marketing Pillar and a Culinary Pillar to our fold.  Below is a brief breakdown of each Pillar. If you are interested in volunteering for a Pillar and want to be a part of making a difference in our industry, please contact ICA Headquarters at 410-931-8100.




This committee assists in recruitment and retention of members as well as identifying and reviewing member services.

Chairs: Heidi Brice and Sandy Hammer

Suzi Shands
Bill Pannhoff
Joann Roth-Oseary
Fausto Pifferer
Robin Selden

Melissa Tibben


This committee develops educational opportunities for members that include but are not limited to:  Catersource, Webinars, ICA Roundtable, Tradeshows and other opportunities.


Chair:  Karen O'Connor

Jennifer Perna
Jeffrey Selden
John Barsotti

Ken Barrett-Sweet
Keith Lord

This committee develops marketing strategies for ICA Branding, membership outreach, industry outreach including member communications and industry articles.


Chair: Steve Sanchez

Frank Christian
Pat Christofolo

Cory Gosik
Sabdy Pacheco-Williams

Board Development
Strengthens the board processes and procedures and keep the pipeline of new potential board members full.


Chair: Karen O'Connor

Jennifer Perna
Robin Selden

Pat Christofolo


Culinary Council
To elevate the awareness and perception of the Catering Industry, both within the Industry and the Public, through the sharing of our unique skills, knowledge and experience in a positive environment.


Culinary Council Chair: Bonnie Kravitz

Paul Larson

Ken Barrett-Sweet
Keith Lord
Karen O'Connor

Adam Gooch

Rachanee Teipen

Paul Larson

Task Forces Committees:

BizBash Partnership
Creating a partnership between the ICA & BizBash to further the ICA Brand.


Culinary School Catering Intern & Education Program

Develop a program to leverage a recruitment resource for the ICA Membership.  This will increase brand awareness with speaking & developing mentoring and intern programs for schools and assist with members recruiting challenges.


Pop Up Event: Mentor/Mentee:

This goal is important to continue to grow the Mentor/Mentee Program.


Virtual Garage Sale: 

To establish an e-market to buy and sell used equipment and supplies, linked to the ICA Website.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  This will promote new ideas throughout the catering community.




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