Diane Cole, Reinhart Foodservice, Lee’s Summit, MO

Diane joined the foodservice industry thirty-five years ago. While attending college, she took a position  as a fill in foodservice manager at Target in Iowa. She was promoted and transferred to Nebraska for a new store opening. Her successful foodservice career path was launched into high gear when she became a district foodservice manager for over twenty-two stores in California.

When a great opportunity to become a buyer for a local food distributor came her way, she jumped on it. She was able to join Reinhart Foodservice when they purchased the food distributor in 2012.  She said the acquisition of this company by Reinhart opened a whole new set of doors to a variety of new opportunities.  Diane has been with the company for fifteen years and couldn’t be happier. Her responsibilities include the purchase of disposables, smallwares, and larger foodservice equipment. She also purchased all dry grocery for twelve years. “Reinhart and SEFA training gives me the opportunity to learn more about non-food items, smallwares and equipment, which has been a goal of mine. I am very excited to expand sales in this area of business for Reinhart,” says Cole.

“I enjoy the constant change in this industry. Never a dull moment! There’s always something new and exciting on a daily basis,” says Cole.

Diane is very successful in the SEFAPro program.  “I look forward to SEFA conferences and SEFA Academy. The motivational speakers expand not only professional, but personal areas of growth,” says Cole.  Diane is excited to announce that she is now a ServSafe trainer.  “Lee Davis inspired me to become a ServSafe trainer. He is a wonderful teacher and I enjoy gaining knowledge from him. My previous foodservice background made it easier to become a trainer, but he was very encouraging and has helped me many times along the way. SEFA has so many opportunities to learn about equipment whether it is at the conferences training with top manufacturers directly, or through online webinars,” says Cole.

Diane always expresses gratitude for the people in her life that have been instrumental to her success, when we asked if there was someone in particular that has inspired her she said, “My high school and college choral directors both inspired me to know that I had the ability to lead and go as far as I wanted to in life.”

Diane was born and raised on an Iowa farm. She loves her farm girl roots. Diane was a voice major in college and still enjoys singing. She lives in Lee’s Summit, MO, part of the Kansas City Metro area. Life is good for Diane. “I am happily married to my husband Dan for 33 years. We have two beautiful daughters and our first grandchild was born in March. We love to spend weekends at the lake on our pontoon and sip Margaritas! We also love to travel to any tropical area with white sand and sunny beaches, and of course we enjoy following the Nebraska Cornhuskers!” says Cole.

SEFA is proud to recognize Diane as Featured SEFAPro. She works hard and is very focused. She operates with a strong sense of daily gratitude and loyalty to everyone in her life. Basically, she is loving life and it’s contagious.  She is a joy to be around. Congratulations, Diane!