Stephanos, Five Star Earn Industry Honors

CHATTANOOGA, TN – For the second consecutive year, staff members from Five Star Food Service were recognized as ‘Pros to Know’ by leading industry publication Automatic Merchandiser. Five Star received honors in both the “Individual” as well as “Team” categories.

Mark Stephanos, Vice President of Micro-Markets, was on Mark Stephanos, Five Star Food Servicee of twenty-two industry leaders given this year’s “Pros to Know” individual designation. Stephanos has led Five Star to become an industry leader in the micro-market space which expects to open its 500th market shortly after the New Year.

Along with Stephanos, his micro-market staff was one of nine teams awarded withthe “Pros to Know” designation for 2015. The team is comprised of the following individuals (pictured below): Joseph Aguado, Jessie Brown, Jeff Veres, Kevin Clark, Rusty Lawson, Brady Dillard, Tiffany Hawkins, Devin Ingram, Danelle Layton, and C. J. Recher.

“My hat goes off to Mark, this team, and our entire team of support staff in the micro-market line of business that has aided in our success story. They are an integral part of the company’s success,” noted President and CEO Alan Recher.

In 2014, Five Star’s executive leadership team (Alan Recher, Jean Bouchard, and Gregory McCall) was recognized in the “Team” category for its success in leveraging innovation and technology to continue the company’s growth.

Five Star Micro Market Team

To read the full article and list of recipients from Automatic Merchandiser, click here.

About the Pros to Know Award

The second annual Automatic Merchandiser and Pros to Know Award recognizes vending, micro market and office coffee service professionals who are proven leaders in the industry. These teams and individuals have worked hard all year to move their company, organization and the industry forward and have faced this year’s challenges head on.

About Vending Market Watch

Over 50 years serving the vending and office coffee service industry Automatic Merchandiser serves the business management, marketing, technology and product information needs of its readers including vending operators, coffee service operators, product brokers, and product and equipment distributors in print. For more information visit

About Five Star Food Service
Five Star Food Service is one of the largest full-line vending, micro-market, coffee service, catering, and dining providers in the Southeast servicing the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.  For more information visit