The Nominations and Elections Committee Mission

To maintain strong leadership in the ACF, the Nominations and Elections Committee is charged with identifying and elevating those who are willing and able to serve on the ACF Board of Directors. The Nominations and Elections Committee shall facilitate the nominations process and supervise the election of the national and regional officers within the American Culinary Federation in accordance with policies and procedures established by the committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The committee shall accept nominations from eligible ACF members, verify the qualifications of the nominees, and present the list of qualified nominees to the ACF Executive Director for publication purposes at the close of nominations.


John A. Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF

Committee Members

  • Northeast - Wilfred R. Beriau, CEC, CCE, AAC
  • Southeast - Philip L. Mastin, CEC
  • Western - Jay Marshall, CEC, AAC
  • Staff Liaison: Heidi Cramb, Executive Director

American Culinary Federation 2019 Election
Official Results

John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF, Chairperson of the Nominations and Election committee, is pleased to announce the results of the ACF National Board of Directors election. According to the results tallied by Survey & Ballot Systems, the following candidates secured the majority vote and will be installed during the President's Grand Ball at the ACF National Convention, Orlando, Florida on August 8, 2019.

President: Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

National Secretary: Mark G. Wright, CEC, AAC

National Treasurer: James Taylor, CEC, AAC, MBA

Central Region Vice President: Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC

Northeast Region Vice President: Barry R. Young, CEC, CCE, AAC

Southeast Region Vice President: Kimberly Brock Brown, CEPC, CCA, AAC

Western Region Vice President: Robert W. Phillips, CEC, CCA, AAC

Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, will serve as immediate past president.