LEADERSHIP COUNCIL


FaB’s Leadership Council is focused on elevating Wisconsin’s food and beverage industry and national and international leadership. They inform and seize opportunities for us to firmly and refreshingly establish Wisconsin’s leadership role in creating a resilient food and beverage scene that is the talk of the world, the pride of Wisconsin, and good for business.

They’re among the first to offer insights and to take actions to maximize our goals while achieving theirs.

How does a company receive a seat on the FaB Council?
The Council is comprised of FaB’s Executive Board and confirmed food and beverage industry chief officers, presidents, or owners – one each from our Choice, Select, and Premium level member companies – along with an identified industry professional from each of our Premium level service member companies. Learn more about upgrading your membership here.

What is the time commitment?
To conduct Council work, confirmed Council members will receive Outlook invites to convene via Zoom four times in 2021:

  • February 22, 2021 | 7:45-10:00 AM
  • May 24, 2021 | 8:00-9:45 AM
  • July 26, 2021 | 7:45-10:00 AM
  • October 25, 2021 | 7:45-10:00 AM

Additionally, we anticipate that Council members will participate in three to five of FaB’s online CEO Briefings

 

PAST & CURRENT COUNCIL WORK

  • May 24, 2021: Council met to discuss Wisconsin’s international trade, relationships, and resources with features by Giacomo Fallucca of Palermo's Pizza, Jim Holliday of Chr. Hansen, Tom Benner of Lesaffre Red Star Yeast, Mark Rhoda-Reis of Wisconsin DATCP, Roxanne Baumann of WMEP, Stacy Peterson of Connoils, Jeff Reigle of Regal Ware, and Marc Hill of Stella & Chewy's.
  • February 22, 2021: First Council meeting of 2021, featuring new consumer research presented by C.O.nxt and Menu Matters, as well as group discussion on measuring Wisconsin’s food and beverage industry.
  • October 22, 2020: Council met to learn of five items being taken to the FaB Executive Board for strategic review to be included in our 2021-2022 Strategic Agenda.
  • July 14, 2020: Council met and polled on use of FaB resources leads to 50/50 recommended split of FaB resources to go between, helping members take care of business; and seizing opportunities to lead the industry.
  • June 2020: Council spearheaded a food and beverage ceo/owner questionnaire to garner input for WEDC’s Legislative Plan.
  • February 28, 2020: Council was reconstituted and met to discuss how IOT can be helpful.

 

MEET FaB'S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

     

MIKE SCHLAGENHAUFER
Manufacturing Business Development Consultant
Acuity Insurance

KIM WALL
President
Baensch Food Products
SAM MILLER
Managing Director
BMO Harris Bank
 
CRAIG BRIESS
CEO
Briess Malting & Ingredients
EVAN HUGHES
Co-Founder
Central Standard Craft Distillery
JOHN WINEGARDEN
CEO
Central Storage & Warehouse
   
MARCY TESSMANN
CEO
C.O.nxt 
DAVID CARPENTER
Executive Advisor
Board Chair Emeritus
JIM HOLLIDAY
President
Chr. Hansen
   
STACY PETERSON
CEO
Connoils®
ANDY GEHL
President
Contract Comestibles 
LUKE MUSCHINSKE
Business Unit Manager
Eurofins
     
FRANK JIMENEZ
President
Evolve Brands
SHELLEY JUREWICZ
Chief FaBricating Officer
FaB Wisconsin
 
PATTI HABECK
President
Feeding America Eastern WI
 
     
RICK LaBERGE
COO
HARIBO of America
BILL BREWSTER
Owner
Kingsway Kombucha
RUSS KLISCH
President
Lakefront Brewery
     
SHANE LAUTERBACH
President & CEO
Lauterbach Group
TOM BENNER
President & CEO
Lesaffre Red Star Yeast
SAM MAGLIO
President
Maglio Companies
     
 JEFF GENTINE
President & CEO
Masters Gallery Foods
 
PAUL BENSON
Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich
KATIE WESSEL
CEO & Co-Owner
Milwaukee Pretzel Co.
     
LOGAN KRUEGER
VP, Food Processing
Miron Construction 
ERIC OLESEN
President & Owner
O&H Danish Bakery
STEVE WALLACE
Founder & CEO
Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co.
     
KEVIN SCHUELE
Owner & CEO
PAK Technologies
GIACOMO FALLUCCA
Chairman & CEO
Palermo's Pizza
JEFF REIGLE
Chairman
Regal Ware
      
VICKY WASKIEWICZ
Founder & CEO
Safe Food Resources
KEITH LINDSEY
President & CEO
Salm Partners
TED BALISTRERI
Owner
Sendik's Food Markets
     
MARC HILL
CEO
Stella & Chewy's
PETER PELUSO
Region President - Great Lakes
Sysco
BRIAN DURST
Chairman & CEO
Tribe 9 Foods
   
KEITH SMITH
President
Vonco Products
ARTHUR IRCINK
Founder & Executive Producer
Wisconsin Foodie
 PETER GOTTSACKER
President & CEO
Wixon   
 
 

THANKS TO OUR PREMIUM MEMBERS