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John ZimmermanJohn Zimmerman

VP, QA & Food Safety
First Watch Restaurants

John Zimmermann has over 30 years of experience in the quality assurance and food safety field within the food processing, distribution and foodservice industry. In this position, he serves as brand protector and ambassador by creating, implementing and maintaining a world class, end-to-end quality assurance and food safety philosophy that ensures that only high quality and safe food is served to all First Watch customers. This position is responsible for establishing food safety and quality standards and developing, implementing and leading programs and practices that will have direct impact on food safety, quality, customer satisfaction and innovation. A graduate of the State University of New York at Morrisville with a degree in Food Processing Technology. He holds a Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) credential, HACCP certification and is Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified. He is an active member of the National Environmental Health Association, International Association of Food Protection, Conference for Food Protection, State of Tennessee Food Safety Task Force, National Restaurant Association Quality Assurance Executive Study Group and FDA Restaurant Food Safety Partnership.