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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 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. 


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.


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



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

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, February 13
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, March 13
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, April 10
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, May 8
FaBstarter Event

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, June 12
FaBscaler Event


Monday, July 10
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, August 14
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, September 11
FaBcap Kick-Off


Monday, October 9
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, November 13
Regular Meeting

756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400




Brad Rostowfske

Director of Industry Growth
FaB Wisconsin 


Tera Johnson
Food Finance Institute 






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




Bob Wills


Clock Shadow Creamery


Dan Kipp


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


Mighty Fine Food


Nick Fallucca

Vice President of R&D and Innovation

Palermo's Pizza


Bob Heinrich


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


Z.T. Distribution

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