Lindsay Render, Great Lakes West, Southfield, Michigan
Lindsay has been in the foodservice industry for eight years, beginning when she joined Great Lakes West as an estimator. Over the years, she took on more responsibilities, until eventually landing in a Project Management position.
Lindsay is the Project Management Lead for the National Accounts Department. “We handle airport and travel plaza concessions, as well as a few other chain accounts across North America and Canada. My department handles everything from a single replacement piece, to a full new construction kitchen, and everything in between,” says Render.
Lindsay loves the fact that no day is ever the same. “Even though I do generally the same thing for each project, every project has its own unique challenges to figure out, which keeps me on my toes. I love being a problem solver, and having the freedom to think “outside of the box” when providing solutions for my customers,” says Render.
“Every time I come home from a SEFA conference, I just feel good. It’s like I’ve had my motivation and inspiration lit on fire!”
Lindsay earned and attended the SEFAPro celebration trip last year. She is very focused and takes SEFA training very seriously. “SEFA training has helped me tremendously from a knowledge and self-confidence standpoint. When I am on site for project installs, I’m not only managing the project, but my customers and their operators always have equipment questions that are unrelated to my current project (as they are usually in charge of multiple restaurants). Having the equipment training provides me with a great knowledge base, knowing at least a little bit about everything, so I can have those conversations on the spot. On top of that, the networking we get to do at these conferences is unmatched. We get so much time to meet new people that are working hard just like us and constantly trying to do right by their customers. We are able to bond over common issues and help each other come up with solutions. We learn from each other’s experiences. Being able to get face time with the manufacturers and being able to call them when you have an issue, is amazing! Every time I come home from a SEFA conference, I just feel good. It’s like I’ve had my motivation and inspiration lit on fire!” says Render.
Here’s what Lindsay said when asked if there is anyone who inspires her, “I want to give a shout out to Mary Martin from Great Lakes West, who saw potential in me and gave me the opportunity to be part of her team. She spent so much time helping me learn and grow, and making sure I had the tools I needed to be successful. I’ve never had someone put so much time and effort into me and I think it really helped me start my career at Great Lakes West on the right foot. She handed down her passion, and “do whatever it takes” attitude and I hope that I’m able to inspire others the way she has inspired me,” says Render.
Lindsay lives in SW Michigan with her husband, Jeremy, and their two cats, Thor & Loki. “We love traveling to new places, the outdoors, hanging out with friends and family (of course centered around food and drinks), and movies (to keep us busy during those inevitable Michigan winter months),” says Render.
SEFA is proud to recognize Lindsay as Featured SEFAPro! Her attitude, hard work, passion, and ability to really maximize the training and networking, exemplifies what the SEFAPro program is all about. Lindsay is friendly, focused and determined. Foodservice professionals are definitely in good hands when working with Lindsay. Congratulations, Lindsay!