Ron Kochman, the co-founder of foodservice design technology specialist, Kochman Consultants Limited (KCL) has passed away at the age of 85.
Ron’s son Kevin, KCL co-founder and president, paid tribute to his father, saying: “Ron was a visionary who used technology to help make his foodservice design and consulting firm more productive. He and I founded KCL to help others do the same.”
Kevin and Ron saw the potential for AutoCAD to enhance the foodservice industry. In 1985, the pair founded KCL to deliver computer aided design (CAD) to the foodservice industry. They built their brand on the promise of helping designers, dealers, consultants, and architects save time and money.
In addition to training industry professionals on computer basics like how to use a mouse, one of their early decisions was to standardise their symbol library on 5.25” floppy disks.
The Kochman duo also worked with industry leaders to set CAD-based design standards.
Serving two audiences – manufacturers and designers – was not simple, but Ron’s reputation as a food facilities consultant and passion for customer service attracted people to his symbol libraries and other “new-fangled” tech products.
Kevin said: “If you met Ron in person, you know his passion for and knowledge of the foodservice industry. He was sad to miss the 2019 NAFEM Show, and now the industry will miss him.”
Ron is survived by his wife Judy, children Kevin (Eve), Kim (Brad) and many grandchildren and nephews.