Randy Lait Receives Silver Plate Award

Randy Lait was honored on May 18 with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate award for his contributions to the advancement of college and university foodservice, specifically for his work at NC State University. He was among several other leaders representing nine segments of the foodservice industry.

“Being an IFMA Silver Plate recipient is a tremendous honor, knowing the names and reputations of the industry leaders who have received this award previously and the respect I have for them, said Lait, who now serves as senior director for administrative services for NC State’s Campus Enterprises division. “Now that my 35 years working in and then leading the dining program at NC State has come to an end, I have a unique opportunity to reflect on my career spent here and consider where we started, the challenges we overcame together, the great things we accomplished together, and my NC State family that has meant so much to me and of whom I am so very proud.

“Receiving the IFMA Silver Plate is the crowning achievement to my career in food service.  The success we experienced together is what made this award possible and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.” Lait continued. “I want to thank everyone here at NC State, my colleagues in the industry, and the two companies that nominated me: Basic American Foods and Coca-Cola for their support in this achievement.

Lait attended the ceremony with his family, Rich Berlin, NC State associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises, and several members of the NC State Dining team.