George Eversman, EVP, retail and business development for Dot Foods, was presented with the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) Dean of the Industry award at the Convenience Distribution Business Exchange awards luncheon on Sept. 10 in Chicago.
Eversman grew up just 40 miles from Dot Foods’ headquarters in Sterling, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he headed to Arizona State for his master’s degree, before joining Dot Foods in 1995 as foodservice marketing manager, heading up supplier relationships.
He was promoted to regional sales manager for the southern region two years later, before taking on his current role as EVP of business development and retail in 1999. He has been the face of Dot Foods in most retail segments over the last 20 years and has been integral to its success.
“George has supported CDA and distributors with a high level of input and improving the flow of products and information,” says Corey Cooper of Stephenson Wholesale Co. in Durant, Oklahoma. “I know of no one who doesn’t like George. The support he’s given CDA is unparalleled and extreme. He deserves the award due to his dedication; no one works harder than George.
“George is a man of integrity, has true passion for our industry and carries commitment to the industry and his people,” says Kellie Janssen of Henry’s Foods in Alexandria, Minnesota. “He’s a man of true humbleness, which is admirable.”
“George has been a prominent figure in the industry and dedicated to CDA in which he is very involved,” says Kimberly Bolin, CDA president and CEO. “He epitomizes what the Dean of the Industry award represents.”
Eversman enjoys golfing and spending as much time with his family as possible. This includes his wife Michelle and children William, 21; Beth, 19; Meredith, 12; and Marie, 10.