Erin is BACK!

Erin Breczinski rejoined the team after a four year hiatus…

When did you join BI Worldwide? I worked at BIW from 2005-2009 and have recently rejoined the Coalition Marketing Team.

What do you do for Foodservice Rewards? I am the Account Manager for the program.  This means I help with new Sponsor orientation, product/point set-up, promotion set-up, reporting, banner ad management, creative and print coordination, Sponsor Meeting planning and invoicing.

What’s your first job/worst job? My first job was as a Dietary Aide at a nursing home.  My worst job was as a college work study student in the Admissions office stuffing THOUSANDS of envelopes.

What is your guilty pleasure? Shopping!

What’s the one thing about you that no one would guess? I am a country music fan.



Jeff Johnson Joins The Foodservice Rewards Team

Marketing and sales expert Jeff Johnson joins the Foodservice Rewards team…

Welcome the newest member of the Foodservice Rewards Team, Jeff Johnson.  Jeff joined our company in December 2013 as a Business Development Director and brings a wealth of sales and marketing expertise from his previous roles in the industry.

What do you do for Foodservice Rewards? I am focused on growing Foodservice Rewards by sharing the value and power of the program with new and existing sponsors.

What was your first job/worst job? My first job was working at a car wash. My worst job was working nights and cleaning a butcher shop after they closed to prepare for the next day.

What is one thing about you that no-one would ever guess? I was sailing with 2 cousins when I was about 14 and my sailboat was struck broad side by a power boat. The boat was destroyed, fortunately no one was hurt.

What is your favorite possession? Friends and family, especially my wife, 2 kids and our Golden Retriever – Josie.

What was your first concert? Foreigner and the warm up band was the Ramones!



Amazon Exiting the Incentive Business

News of Amazon’s departure from the incentive merchandise business surprised the industry…

Last week, announced it was exiting the incentive merchandise business.

Larry Schoenecker, BI’s President, writes “In my 30+ years in the business, I have seen several retailers (and now one e-tailer) come into the business with a big splash, win some clients, and then decide to exit. In the 80’s it was the Spiegel catalog company, in the 90’s it was Target (who had over 100 employees in their incentive division when they closed up several years ago), and now Amazon.

But we’re still here. And now with over 28,000 items in our award selection, 13,000 of them under $100. And more on the way. We have a bigger selection of TV’s, PC’s, computer peripherals, and video games than Best Buy. More housewares than William Sonoma, more musical instruments than Guitar Center, and more watches than Macy’s. We are buying at lower supplier costs and have reduced margins across all categories. Our prices are better. And all backed up by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and free extended warranties on everything.

And don’t forget we do 3000 unique auctions per year, have 500 travel packages +2,100 Marriott properties, and tickets to 15,000 events annually.

Amazon had the largest selection of merchandise available for incentive programs and my guess is that we were a distant second.

Until now. We have a good story to tell.”


Minnesota Business Hall of Fame Inductee

Guy Schoenecker, Founder of BI, is being inducted into the 2008 Twin Cities Business Minnesota Business Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Guy Schoenecker, Founder of BI, is being inducted into the 2008 Twin Cities Business Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Guy joins a group of 46 Hall of Famers who have been honored since 1999.

Twin Cities Business published this tribute to the outstanding accomplishments Guy has made in the last 58 years, impacting the lives of thousands of associates, customers and suppliers worldwide.


“We Were Up And Running In Four Months”

“We were up and running in under four months” shares Hans Khote, Marketing Manager, Basic American Foods in this video testimonial…

Foodservice Rewards’ subject matter experts are committed to helping you enjoy a smooth launch as evidenced in this testimonial by Hans Khote, Marketing Manager, Basic American Foods:

Our parent company, BI, is a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient in the service category, which means you’ll find that quality processes are embedded in our corporate DNA.

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