Gary Gunderson: Principal and COO
As Principal and Co-Founder of IHS, I am often referred to as the “ambassador” of the firm. I have spent my entire career in the onsite foodservice industry. I was on the leadership team for Motorola Food Works the leading self-operating foodservice program in the United States and had the opportunity to create world class foodservice operations in Brazil, China, Mexico, and Singapore. After leaving Motorola, I joined MBNA America Bank in Wilmington, Delaware as Executive Vice President and Director of Dining and Hospitality Services. In this position, I worked with some great team members and am grateful for meeting Matt Mundok who is an incredible leader and person. One of the highlights of my career was receiving the IFMA Silver Plate Award for Business Dining in 2004. Our vision for IHS is to be recognized as the leader in onsite foodservice management consulting. My role is to ensure high quality products and services for our clients and mentor/develop future leaders for IHS.
In the circle of life, you need to play the cards you been dealt. I believe everything happens for a reason and we are constantly learning from our experiences. It is not what happens to you in life, but how you react. I always believe the glass is “half full” and am an optimistic person. I am blessed with two great children who continue to amaze me. I always enjoy having dinner and spending time with them. In my free time, I enjoy going to Philadelphia Flyers hockey games and riding my Harley Davidson on summer weekends. Going forward, all roads lead back to Scottsdale, Arizona. I love the weather and topography of the “Cactus” state.