Restaurant Operational Efficiency and Smart Commercial Kitchens

About the webinar:

Industry-leading foodservice companies are increasingly improving operational efficiency by connecting commercial kitchen equipment to the cloud, including refrigeration, ovens, and fryers. In this webinar, you’ll hear from thought leaders at connected equipment manufacturers Traulsen, Alto-Shaam, and Henny Penny, hosted by connectivity and analytics platform provider Powerhouse Dynamics.


Chris Henderson, TraulsenChris Henderson, Engineering Manager, ITW Refrigeration

Chris Henderson is the Engineering Manager for New Product Development at ITW Refrigeration North America. Their product line includes the Traulsen and Kairak brands of commercial refrigeration and hot holding equipment. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been with ITW Refrigeration for 10 years and has been heading new product development for the last 2 years.      


Jeff McMahon, Alto-ShaamJeff McMahon, Director of Product Management, Alto-Shaam

Jeff is responsible for the development and release of product improvements for Alto-Shaam’s Halo Heat® cooking, holding, and merchandising equipment. As a highly skilled, organized and respected leader, Jeff has elevated Alto-Shaam’s product development plans initially focusing on the company’s new line of heated shelf merchandisers available in early 2017. Previous to joining Alto-Shaam in 2015, Jeff worked in engineering and product development roles in the foodservice equipment industry for nearly 30 years.


Rick Cartwright, Henny PennyRichard W. Cartwright, Director, Product Development & Innovation, Henny Penny

Richard (Rick) Cartwright holds a Bachelor of Sciences, Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Rick joined Henny Penny Corporation in 2013. Rick has over 35 years of experience in the foodservice industry working in various Engineering and Business roles. Rick currently serves as the Director of Product Development & Innovation at Henny Penny Corporation. Rick has served as the Chair of the NAFEM Technical Liaison Committee and the NAFEM Data Protocol Steering Committee.  He has also been the President of the Board of Trustees for the Troy (Ohio) United Way and is on the board of Child Care Choices. 

Hosted by:

Jay Fiske, VP of Business Development, Powerhouse DynamicsJay Fiske, President, Powerhouse Dynamics

Jay is a cleantech executive and investor with 17 years’ experience building businesses and bringing innovative and emerging technology products to market. Before joining Powerhouse Dynamics, Jay was actively involved in numerous cleantech start-ups, both through his consulting firm, 5312 Consulting LLC and as Vice President of Operations for Wakonda Technologies, a Boston-area start-up developing high-efficiency, low-cost, flexible photovoltaic modules. Prior to Wakonda, Jay was a General Partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund (MGEF), a venture capital fund focused on making early-stage investments in clean technology companies. Jay also held various leadership positions in business development and product management for Teradyne, Incorporated.  Jay holds an MBA and MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Fellow in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Yale University.

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