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Industry Growth Committee
 

We are a committee committed to industry growth and advancement. We’re a group of diverse food and beverage industry professionals from entrepreneurs to innovation, sustainability and business development professionals, to those making decisions on which products will make their shelves, to those who make it easier to make your product and grow your business. We share a common ambition to grow an industry that will feed and quench our own, and the world, better...together. 


iFaB’s ROLE

iFaB’s role is to maximize our industry growth, advancement and business support systems. Our work is to facilitate collaboration, communication - and when needed - the development of resources and capabilities of industry stakeholders for sustainable business and industry growth and advancement.
 

We continue to review and develop easy ways to communicate resources at FaB’s online Grow Your Business site section and look for ways to increase value from our Membership Listing and Marketplace Directories. 
We know that we can be doing more to connect the resources you need for sustainable growth, and invite our food and beverage member companies to have representation on our committee. 

OUR INVITATION TO SERVE

If your company wants to see the food and beverage industry grow and advance – to see your food and beverage business grow and advance – iFaB could be a good fit.  
Interested in serving on the iFaB Committee? Please see below to determine if your interests align with our body of work. To explore serving on iFaB, please contact Brad Rostowfske, FaB’s Director of Industry Growth.

iFaB’s 2016 STRATEGIC ACTION ITEMS

Realign Committee to increase the value offered to – and participation by – our food and beverage member companies, while leveraging the industry expertise of our technical and professional support-providing members.
  • Change committee emphasis on innovation to industry growth and advancement
  • Conduct targeted outreach to food and beverage companies and partners
  • Conduct committee strategic planning
Graduate the first class of FaBcap Business & Finance Capacity Building Accelerator Program for growing businesses
  • Concluding Capstone event includes the FaBcap Investor Pitch Event and Graduation Ceremony in September 2016
Launch the second class of the FaBcap Accelerator in February 2017
Improve access to, connectivity with, and capabilities of industry resources, including member and partner expertise, to start, grow, scale, innovate and fund your food and beverage business while we feed and quench the world better.
  • Form additional Partnerships. New in 2016: UW-Center for Dairy Research, Nutrition Capital Network, WWBIC
  • Improve the industry business support system and key resources needed in areas of high demand industry assistance (starting, growing, scaling and funding a food and beverage manufacturing business, and tapping industry technical and professional assistance such as legal, accounting, financial, sales, marketing, operations, distribution, safety, export, human resources, engineering, IT, etc.)
  • Refine the FaBtie – Tapping Industry Experience program to enable better connectivity to the expertise of our member professionals and partners
  • Assist DATCP’s development of a Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Starter Guide
  • Continue work with the Food Finance Institute and others on the development of resources to start, grow, scale, innovate and fund a food and beverage business
  • Join FaB Partners on the Food and Beverage ExporTech – Feeding the World program
  • Better connect our Industry Business Support System via the FaB Grow your Business resource site
  • Better connect our Industry Business Support System by offering three best practice sessions in conjunction with an existing committee meeting or FaBcap Cohort meeting

 

 2017 MEETING SCHEDULE

The full committee on the second Monday morning of the month, with meetings running for 90 minutes. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the MMAC.  

Monday, January 9
Regular Meeting

     MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, February 13
Regular Meeting


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, March 13
Regular Meeting

MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, April 10
Regular Meeting


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, May 8
FaBstarter Event


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400


Monday, June 12
FaBscaler Event


TBD


Monday, July 10
Regular Meeting


MMAC 
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, August 14
Regular Meeting


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, September 11
FaBcap Kick-Off


TBD


Monday, October 9
Regular Meeting


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, November 13
Regular Meeting


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

 


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

Brad Rostowfske

Director of Industry Growth
FaB Wisconsin 

 

Tera Johnson
Director
Food Finance Institute 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

JoDee George

Food and Beverage Group Leader

Bader Rutter

 

Phillip Glass, Jr.

Product Development Specialist

Campbell's Soup Co.


Mike Showalter

Relationship Manager

Chase Bank 


Mark Albrecht

Partner

Chortek

 

Bob Wills

Founder

Clock Shadow Creamery

 

Dan Kipp

CFO

Create-A-Pack Foods

 

John McMahon

Founder & CEO

Door County Brewing Co.

 

John Ross Ferrell

Founder & CEO

Ecos Beverages

 

Stephen McDiarmid

Founder & CEO

Gorilly Goods

 

Kevin Ladwig

Vice President of R&D

Johnsonville Sausage

 

Joe Cesarz

Managing Director

Lakeview Equity Partners

 

Martha Davis Kipcak

Owner

Mighty Fine Food

 

Nick Fallucca

Vice President of R&D and Innovation

Palermo's Pizza

 

Bob Heinrich

Shareholder

Reinhart Boerner van Deuren

 

Rod Hogan

Vice President of New Business Development

Sargento Foods

 

Brian Schauf

Innovation Technologies Program Director

Schreiber Foods

 

Dave Ausprung

Director of Center Store

Sendik's Food Markets

 

Barry Cameron

Director of Fermentation

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Ron Crass

Vice President of Commercial Lending

Waukesha State Bank

 

Carol Rosenthal

Vice President of Commercial Lending

Waukesha State Bank


Cate Rahmlow

Sector Development Manager

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

 

Scot Trojanowski

President

Z.T. Distribution

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