Five Star’s Director Of Business Intelligence Selected For 40 Under 40 Award

Sep 19, 2022

Automatic Merchandiser released 2022’s 40 Under 40 honorees and amongst them is Five Star’s own, Mark Stubblefield. This award is given out to those who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to advancing convenience services for vending, micro markets and office coffee service.

To be eligible for this award, candidates had to be 39 years old or younger as of June 30, 2022, and working in the vending, micro market or office coffee service fields. Nominations were accepted from all industry segments, including operators, product and equipment distributors, brokers, machine manufacturers, technology and payment system providers, and CPG companies, among others. Automatic Merchandiser’s team studied the nominees and selected the top 40 Under 40, Class of 2022, featured in the September/October 2022 issue.

Since joining Five Star Food Service in 2013, Mark Stubblefield has been a part of the leadership team to streamline and automate accounts receivable, accounts payable, acquisition sampling and valuation, expense reporting, financial reporting and operational reporting. In 2020, Stubblefield started building a business intelligence department and has utilized his understanding of the industry and knowledge of the systems to continue building a set of business intelligence tools and processes for the Five Star leadership to be more effective. He believes in an iterative approach to success where each mistake along the way is a learning opportunity to do better next time, and he is learning that expectations and communication are critical to that recipe of success. His success comes from his aptitude to learn and understand how processes and procedures by asking critical questions and his aspiration to improve upon them by challenging assumptions. He appreciates those around him who helped him achieve success.

Mark had the following to say about what making 40 Under 40 means to him, “I am thankful for the culture in Five Star where I was given opportunities and challenges to both succeed and fail without fear. Through these challenges, I have learned and grown within the company and industry more than I could have imagined when I first started nearly a decade ago. During that time, I was fortunate to have leaders and mentors who helped me realize and grow my aptitude. My goal is to build upon that culture such that others can enjoy the same opportunity given to me.”

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