Arby’s 2016 Worldwide Franchise Convention – September 10th – 14th, 2016 – Orlando, FL

NWKFC Fall Meeting – September 24th – 27th , 2016 – Palm Desert, CA

AKFCF Super Regional – October 10th – 13th, 2016 – Savannah, GA

AKFCF Northeast – Fall Franchisee, November 7th – 10th, 2016 – Orlando, FL

AKFCF Southeast – November 13th – 16th, 2016 – Atlanta, GA

The NAFEM Show – February 9th – 11th, 2017 – Orlando, FL

AKFCF Convention – February 26th – March 1st – Austin, TX

NRA Show – May 20th – 23rd, 2017 – Chicago, IL

Employee of the Month

February – Hugo Meija

For the month of February, we are excited to announce that our SaaS Technical Support Specialist, Hugo Meija, has won Employee of the Month! Hugo provides technical support and troubleshooting services to end-users who need assistance with their equipment, both hardware and software. This month marks Hugo’s 17th year with us here at Kitchen Brains. He is the first one here in the morning and the last one to leave. Hugo’s loyalty, generosity and ambition are traits we are so grateful to have on our team. Congratulations to Hugo!

January – David Nemeth

Congratulations to our IT Systems Administrator, David Nemeth, for winning January’s Employee of the Month. David has only been here for a few months, but his work has positively impacted nearly every one of us here at Kitchen Brains. Not only is David an incredibly nice person to be around, but his hard work and dedication help our company function to its highest potential. Whenever there is a problem, David has an answer and for that, we are so grateful to have him as a member of our team. Congrats to David for being the first Employee of the Month of 2018!

December – Walter Ruilova

A special congratulations to our Materials Supervisor, Walter Ruilova, in our Shipping Department for winning December’s Employee of the Month. Walter has been with us since 1999 which speaks volume to the kind of hard-working, dedicated, and loyal employee he is. Walter stays late to ensure shipments get out the door and personally drops off at UPS or Fedex if need be. Today, we thank Walter for continuing to demonstrate such an inspiring work ethic during his many years with us. Congratulations, Walter! We are very lucky to have you around.

November – Andrew Pinto

For the month of November, Kitchen Brains is proud to award our Sales Operations Associate, Andrew Pinto, with Employee of the Month. Having only worked here for a few years, Andrew brings broad innovation and ambition to the Sales team. This month, Andrew implemented a new technology tool that helps with procurement and production. This has significantly increased the quality of communication between the not only the Sales department but also the Service department. Congratulations, Andrew, you deserve it! Keep up the hard work.

October – Ben Koether

Congratulations to October’s Employee of the Month, Kitchen Brains very own President, Founder, and CEO, Ben Koether. For nearly 50 years, Ben has led this company with the same passion, dedication, and determination that he encompassed when he first founded (FAST.)®, now known as Kitchen Brains. Today, we thank him for all of his hard work and for continuing to be so involved with his company. This place would certainly not be the same without him. Congrats, Ben, you have long deserved this recognition.

September – Vince Navikas

A very special congratulations to our Hardware Engineer, Vince Navikas, for winning September’s Employee of the Month. Having worked here for over 25 years, Vince has become a key asset to our bottom line – some even say he is the glue to the foundation of our company. We thank Vince so very much for always coming through on the various projects he’s a part of and we applaud him for all of the time he has put in here. His hard work and work ethic certainly do not go unnoticed. We are lucky to have an employee like Vince on our team. Congratulations!

July – Nikol Gray

Congratulations to our Team Lead for the Wave & Post-Wave Group, on our Manufacturing Floor, Nikol Gray. Nikol is in charge of the Wave Solder and the Post-Wave area. Responsible for overlooking both areas, he ensures all of the hand placed components are properly set. Nikol is a dedicated worker who is always willing to help when needed. Besides his area, Nikol also supports test engineering and backs up Modularm and QPM. He is a vital asset to our company and we are so grateful to have him working on our team since 2013. Thank you for hard work, Nikol!

June – Richa Padmadeo

Kitchen Brains is proud to name Richa Padmadeo, our SaaS QA, as June’s Employee of the Month. Responsible for the quality assurance of our products, Richa’s attitude, ambition and knowledge for technical specifications is instrumental to the Engineering Department. Working long hours and extra days to make sure the products we develop meet the requirements we have, Richa’s attention to detail and dedication speaks for itself. As Ben Koether, Kitchen Brains Founder and CEO said, “Richa is not only this month’s Employee of the Month, she is Employee of the year.” Everyone should not only get to know this incredible woman, but should learn from her impeccable work ethic. Congratulations, Richa!

May – Sophorn Kong

For the month of May, Kitchen Brains is proud to announce Sophorn Kong, Kitchen Brains Test Operator, as Employee of the Month! Having worked for us for nearly ten years now, Sophorn is instrumental in product rollout. When it comes to planning and organizing large customer orders, Sophorn’s experience speaks for itself. Time and time again, she has proven to be an extremely valuable and reliable team player, and for that, we are so grateful to have her on our team. Thank you so much for all that you do for us, Sophorn! Congratulations!

April – Andy Rivera

Congratulations to our SMT Operator, Andy Rivera, for winning April’s Employee of the Month. Having worked for Kitchen Brains for over 15 years, Andy is a vital asset on our manufacturing floor. His knowledge, experience and dedication is obvious in his work. He goes above and beyond to meet strict deadlines and customer demands, and is creative in his thinking when it comes to company savings. We are so proud to have someone like Andy on our team and we thank him for his hard work. Congrats, Andy – you have long deserved this award!


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Community Events

Weight Loss Challenges

For the past year, one of Kitchen Brains top initiatives was promoting wellness and being active. Since spring of 2015, we have participated in three different weight loss challenges. The most recent one, the “Double Down Challenge” came to an end on April 26th. Overall, the company lost over 1,057 pounds from our last four challenges! We are proud to announce the top three teams with the highest percentage of weight loss; “Step Of” coming in first place, followed by “Team Low Cal” in second and “Shake it Off” in third! The top three individuals with the highest percentage of weight loss were Yahaira Garcia, Ed Musial and Charles Parniawski. Within the next couple of weeks, we will continue our mission to stay active with another weight loss challenge! Congratulations to all members of #teamGENIUS who are working towards a healthy life.

Double Down Challenge

The Double Down Weight Loss Challenge is another company initiative to stay healthy and active. Teams of two work hard over the next eight weeks to achieve their weight loss goal. The top three teams with double digit percentage of weight loss win prizes and bragging rights. #teamGENIUS #teamGENIUSgetshealthy

Fun with Fitness

As part of the company’s wellness initiative, Kitchen Brains is having a Fun with Fitness activity challenge. The idea is to stay active – receive points for different activities you do. The more active you are, the more points you receive. This challenge runs March 1st – April 30th. #teamGENIUS #teamGENIUSgetshealthy

Food Drive/Toy Drive

To get ready for the upcoming holidays, Kitchen Brains will be having a Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas Toy Drive! Boxes will be placed in both upstairs and downstairs cafeteria from the beginning of November to the end of December. Keep your holiday spirit alive and donate to those in need!


Fairfield University Fall Career Fair – Wednesday, September 28th – 11AM – 2PM

Fairfield University Career Fairs are popular among job seekers and employers alike. They offer opportunities for individuals seeking employment, or in some cases internships, to meet with several employers. Fairfield University creates a community that challenges students academically while connecting talents and values with societal needs. The typical Fairfield student has a strong work ethic, analytical and communication skills, leadership, and problem solving ability.

University of New Haven Fall Career Fair – Thursday, September 29th – 10AM – 2PM

The University of New Haven provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The Career Development Center helps students with the assessment of career skills and interests, the exploration of career and major options, preparation and assistance in locating internships and experience-based opportunities. The University of New Haven gives their students the opportunity to attend a Career Fair in the fall and spring semester which previews the skills learned from the Development Center and the discussion for potential future employment.

Sacred Heart University Fall Career Fair – Wednesday, October 19th -1:00PM – 4:30PM

At the annual Sacred Heart University Internship and Career Fair at the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, over 400 students and alums meet face-to-face with prospective employers, allowing them to display their personalities and demonstrate a passion for the work they seek, something cyberspace just can’t capture and convey.