READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Vending Operator of the Year
David A. Kwarciany Jr.
D&S Food Services Inc.
Menomonee Falls, Wis.
By Emily Refermat, Managing Editor
David Kwarciany Jr. believes ongoing investment
in the business holds the key to success in
automatic merchandising, economic conditions
D avid A. Kwarciany Jr. knows the way to run a suc-
cessful business is to be good to employees, offer
top quality service and consistently ask for what’s
needed. That’s how, as vice president, he’s helped grow
D&S Food Service Inc. from a small vending company
to reexamine all of
his operating costs
and keep them in line with
Having been working at D&S since childhood, Kwarciany
started by his father into a multi-million dollar indepen- knows it inside and out. “I’ve worked in the family business
dent that remains competitive in the Milwaukee, Wis. from a very young age; it was my part-time job; it’s what
market. “When I became vice president, we were relatively we did as a family,” he said.
insigniﬁcant in our market,” said Kwarciany, the 2008 The vending business was run out of the Kwarciany fam-
Automatic Merchandiser Vending Operator of the Year. ily house then, and when he was eight, Kwarciany became
“I saw a lot of opportunity.” the warehouse manager (the title he gave himself) of the
basement and garage storage areas. The coin counter was
ONGOING REINVESTMENT in the closet and ham salad sandwiches were his mother’s
One opportunity Kwarciany saw was to invest in the recipe. Through the years, Kwarciany continued to assist
company itself. “We have never stopped reinvesting in our the business in a variety of roles. “As in the case with most
company,” he said. Even in slow times, such as 2008, small family owned vending businesses, (I wore) all the hats
Kwarciany still plans to reinvest and grow the business. at some time or another,” said Kwaricany. He ﬁxed ma-
Another key strategy Kwarciany believes in is being a chines, ﬁlled machines, delivered machines, searched for
good employer to employees. Although D&S has experienced customers, le