Join Ecolab food safety expert Mandy Sedlak, and Richard Sterling, Director of Food Safety for Circle K, as they discuss the food safety implications in an era where C-Stores are transforming to meet consumers changing needs. These experts will discuss the variables that impact food safety and cleanliness, how they have seen food safety taken to the next step, and what solutions exist to help you and your teams build a strong and effective food safety and cleanliness culture.
Director of Food Safety @ Circle K
Richard Sterling is Director of Food Safety North America for Circle K Stores, a position he has held since September 2013. He is responsible for developing and providing strategic leadership for comprehensive food safety systems, education, and risk-based preventive controls in support of all stores in Canada and the US.
Prior to his current position, for 30 years Richard held a variety of in-plant and corporate FSQA, regulatory compliance, and internal auditor roles across all categories of food manufacturing, including RTE and raw meat, snack foods, bakery/ bakery ingredients, frozen desserts, cereal, and aseptic products. Richard is also a certified GFSI Practitioner and Auditor with an extensive background in continuous improvement.
As a passionate influencer, Richard is committed to insuring Circle K’s strategic goals of (1) preventing foodborne illness and injury, and protecting public health, (2) continuously improving food safety monitoring and compliance systems and (3) consistently achieving food safety operational excellence.
Richard holds a Bachelor degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Howard University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
RS/REHS, Food Safety and Public Health Manager @ Ecolab
Mandy is a Sr. Manager of Food Safety and Public Health at EcoSure and a member of the Ecolab Global Food Safety and Public Health team. She partners with internal and external industry leaders to provide technical and strategic expertise in food safety and brand protection. She is responsible for supporting customer partnerships as they build and maintain systems, adopt best practices, mitigate risks in their day-to-day operations, work through industry challenges and help find solutions.
Mandy has 20+ years of experience in industry operations, quality assurance and additional area of experience leading food safety and procurement teams with leading foodservice brand.
She is also a member of multiple organizations including the board of Business Industry Affiliates, (NEHA BIA), Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), CFP (Conference for Food Protection), and State Health Associations.