The CFESA Cares Scholarship Program
CFESA Cares Mission Statement:
Providing support and resources to inspire and educate those servicing commercial food equipment.
CFESA invites eligible applicants to compete for scholarships that will provide education opportunities to pursue a career in the commercial food equipment service industry.
CFESA will award two $2,500 scholarship for use towards tuition, fees, and educational materials during the 2021-2022 academic calendar year.
Do I qualify?
Deadline: May 28, 2021
Check back if you found this after the deadline! CFESA has scholarship opportunities regularly
The mystery started with a service call from an assisted-living facility in Connecticut that reported an overheated booster heater had blown off the relief valve on a conveyor-type dishmachine. “It was a brand-new booster heater on a relatively new dishmachine, just a couple of years old,” says Chris Evans, service manager at Gary’s East Coast Service, Oxford, Conn. “We replaced the thermostat, high-limit valve and relief valve, and then ran a cycle and found everything in working order.” read more
Are you interested in starting a career as a commercial appliance repair technician? Are you looking to further your education and need the tools to do it? Check out the CFESA Cares scholarship!
Application Deadline: December 11, 2020
Scholarships are awarded twice yearly.
Angela Petitti, our VP, gained recognition as a 2020 innovator in Foodservice Equipment Reports (FER) magazine for utilizing video messages to our employees during COVID-19!
Check out this Q&A article that Zach was interviewed for FE&S Magazine!
Chris Evans, our Service Manager, was interviewed by Kate Bernot of Foodservice Equipment Reports (FER) about what should be done if you need to close down your kitchen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out 6 quick tips on how to properly care for your equipment if a temporary close is needed in the article below
Jay, one of our senior technicians, was featured on the Service Calls podcast. He talks about a strange fryer experience that he had. Listen here or on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify!
Recently Gary's Gear was spotted all the way in Zurich, Switzerland! We love seeing where our #gecsfamily and #extendedfamily are traveling to!
This article was originally published in CFESA Magazine for their Company Spotlight Jan/Feb 2019 Issue
Rooted in Family:
Through the Eyes of the Bosses’ Daughter
Communication and Technology Facilitator
Gary’s. A word that, in my household, is more than just my father’s first name. It is the affectionate nickname given to our family’s business, Gary’s East Coast Service, Inc., based in Shelton, Connecticut. A concept that began with two people in 1994 and now encompasses eighteen dedicated employees. We work hard to keep the hot side equipment in restaurants, food trucks, and other foodservice providers of Connecticut, Southwestern Massachusetts, and parts of New York cooking.
Being a part of the second generation of Gary’s has allowed me the privilege of getting to experience the growth of the business for myself. My parents, Angela and Gary Petitti, are the founders of Gary’s East Coast Service, Inc. and have successfully rooted family values and personable service into the very essence of the company.
The name of the company pays homage to Gary, as he brings over thirty years of knowledge and experience to the table—he will get your kitchen equipment working better than it did before. Angela works behind the scenes; she has created the strong business base that the we have stood on for 25 years. She is also credited for the seeds of quality that attest to the stability and growth of Gary’s.
My co-workers and I often joke that Gary’s feels like one big, dysfunctional family. This comes from the culture that Gary and Angela have ingrained into the company from the start. There is a strong emphasis on our employees and their strengths, family life, community involvement, and overall happiness.
Gary’s has a strong focus on service. After all, how can we service the hospitality industry if we ourselves are not very hospitable? Chris Evans, our Service Manager, sees the importance in this. I am constantly impressed by his talent in orchestrating the best skills of our technicians alongside the diverse needs of our customer base. We take our job in customer service seriously.
CFESA has given us the ability to enhance our service standard. Since becoming a CFESA Certified Company in 2004, we have gained a plethora of training, the opportunity to form relationships with manufacturers, and insight into the hospitality industry. Gary and Angela have long recognized the value of these items; Gary has also worked as an Ambassador for First Timers at CFESA conferences, while Angela has diligently worked as a co-chair on the Membership Services Committee since 2017.
We have grown from a two-person team, to an eighteen-person family, with goals to develop more in the future. Gary’s has solidified our business model, expanded our service territory and embraced new technology. All these attributes have contributed to Gary’s East Coast Service, Inc., a company that has become a powerful dynamic of great people with a unified goal: to keep you cooking!
Most recently, we made a special announcement in preparation of our 25-year celebration. Curious? Visit bit.ly/OMGWHATISIT or our website www.garyseast.com
See full magazine: bit.ly/cfesajan2019
It is the highest achievement of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA). Only a few companies in the organization have managed to follow the strict guidelines of becoming a CFESA Certified Company--and have maintained that title every 5 years.
Company Certification requirements include:
Gary's East Coast Service has been a CFESA Certified Company since 2004.
Read "The Value Of Being A Certified CFESA Company" at Foodservice Equipment Reports to learn more.
A hidden gem in the blue collar world...an opportunity to continually learn without the burden of a college debt.