FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal CEO/President Maine Innkeepers Association 207-213-2060 PFG FOOD NORTHCENTER RECEIVES ALLIED MEMBER AWARD OF THE YEAR FROM MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION AT 94TH ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE Freeport MaineNovember 22 2015……Greg Piper of Performance Food Service (PFG) in Lewiston/Auburn received the Allied Member of the Year recognition at the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) held their 94th Annual Meeting and Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Freeport on November 4 and 5 2015 announced Greg Dugal MEIA President and CEO. The 2015 Annual MEIA Awards were presented to outstanding members of the tourism industry who had greatly contributed to the lodging/hospitality and tourism industry in the state. Piper who is Regional President of PFG accepted the award from MEIA President/CEO Greg Dugal The recognition is given annually to an allied member of MEIA that is active in the hospitality industry and has made a significant contribution to it on behalf of the supplier community. The history of Performance Food Service began in 1963 when the Joseph Kirschner Company started a small division to sell Kirschner meat products to restaurants and drive-ins. In order to help these sales mustard ketchup and other products were added. This started a product line expansion that now stands at approximately 12000 items. In 1982 Allen Ryan purchased Kirschner Food Corporation from Kirschner’s and changed the name of the company to NorthCenter Foodservice. When the company first started it operated out of a four-story building on Water Street in Augusta. In 1975 land was purchased on Dalton Road and a 12000 square foot building eighteen feet high was built. Currently NorthCenter’s facility measures 3 million cubic feet with 1.9 million cubic feet of dry storage 858000 cubic feet for freezer storage and 260400 cubic feet in cooler and storage space. In March of 1999 NorthCenter Foodservice merged with Performance Food Group of Richmond Virginia becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary. Performance Food Group is one of the largest foodservice distribution companies in the United States with an outstanding growth record. It has distribution centers primarily in the east and south. Greg Piper has served this fine company for 39 years taking over as president and CEO in 2000 from Allen Ryan Photo: Greg Piper accepts the Allied Member of the Year Award from Maine Innkeepers Association President/CEO Greg Dugal at their Annual meeting. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors represents nearly 700 B&Bs camps cottages hotels inns motels and resorts across Maine and their suppliers. Through communication education promotion and government affairs the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Augusta ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. # # MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS AT THEIR 94TH ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE Freeport Maine November 23 2015……The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) held their 94th Annual Meeting and Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Freeport on November 4 and 5 2015 announced Greg Dugal MEIA President and CEO. The 2015 Annual MEIA Awards were presented to seven outstanding members of the tourism industry who had greatly contributed to the lodging/hospitality and tourism industry in the state.