Daniel Reese – CFESA Director of Training

BIO: Dan began his career in the foodservice equipment industry in 1979. Since then, he has filled the roles of Tech in Training, Service Technician, Supervisor Technician, Assistant Service Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Service, and Company Co-owner. Dan’s favorite part about his job as CFESA’s Director of Training is giving back and seeing the technicians reach the “ah-ha” moment, where the information being taught becomes knowledge learned. Dan was awarded the CFESA Dedication to Training award in 2019 and is passionate about teaching the younger generation of technicians. When he is not teaching, he enjoys cooking and playing golf.


CFESA sets the Standard for Service Excellence. One of the ways we achieve excellence is through our custom designed continuing education and training programs.

CFESA has developed five extensive training programs for foodservice equipment technicians.

Our technician training programs cover the basic elements of gas, electric, steam, water and refrigeration. All CFESA technician training programs include classroom and hands-on education and testing to identify, troubleshoot and repair problems on many types of equipment. Hands-on training is provided utilizing our custom-designed modules in addition to the equipment our manufacturer partners donate for our use in training sessions. The flexibility of having our training facility equipped with four training kitchens allows us to ensure that the students receive the essential live hands-on time needed with the equipment.


  • October 3, 2022 - October 7, 2022
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This is a specialized training course designed for those looking to enter, or recently hired into the foodservice equipment repair industry. The candidates for this training will have little to no knowledge or skill set of the industry. This five-day class will act as the springboard of their career. The training will consist of company (more…)

  • Installation Training 10.11 - 10.13
    October 11, 2022 - October 13, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Training Refund Policy Effective Jan. 1, 2017: (applies to ESGW, Refrigeration, NTT, & Management Training) There will be no refunds issued for any CFESA training classes. If a company is not able to send their participant to the course, 50% of the course registration fee will be automatically forfeited. The remaining 50% registration fee will (more…)

  • EGSW 10.24 - 10.29
    October 24, 2022 - October 29, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The EGS&W course focus is hands-on troubleshooting. This course is designed for the technician that has worked in the field for two years or less or needs a confidence boost to work independently. Technicians must be familiar with electric, gas, and steam theory and possess a basic mechanical aptitude. Course Cost = $850 for CFESA (more…)

  • November 7, 2022 - November 11, 2022
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Requirements CFESA Electrical Certification (or approval from CFESA HQ) EPA recovery line I & II (technicians who have not earned the CFESA Electrical Certification must contact Dan Reese, CFESA Director of Training, for approval to attend this class) (336) 346-4700 Refrigeration Training Class is a five-day course specifically designed to cover the basic principles of (more…)

  • Ice Machine Training
    November 14, 2022 - November 18, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is for CFESA Members ONLY. This Ice Machine Repair Training Class will host equipment and factory trainers from Follett, Hoshizaki, Ice-o-Matic, Manitowoc, and Scotsman. This is a unique opportunity for technicians to learn the specifics of five different brands in one five-day session. Hotel Link HERE Course Information Times: 8am – 4:30pm each (more…)