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Industry Growth Committee
 

We're a a group of diverse food and beverage industry professionals committed to industry growth and advancement. Comprised of entrepreneurs, innovators, business development professionals, those making decisions on which products will make their shelves, and 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. 

 

gFaB’s ROLE

gFaB’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’re the force behind the FaBcap programs: Scaler and Accelerator.  
 
We continue to review and develop easy ways to communicate resources in our online Grow Your Business resource listing 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 – gFaB could be a good fit.  

Interested in serving on the gFaB Committee? To explore serving on gFaB, please contact Brad Rostowfske, FaB’s Director of Industry Growth.

 
 

2018 STRATEGIC ACTION ITEMS
  • Debut new and improved FaB Co-Pack Directory
  • Reconfigure Grow your Business section of website
  • Run FaBcap 2 program
  • Finalize fundraising for FaBcap 2
  • Host FaBcapstone event in June
  • Restart FaBcap Series
  • Begin funding and prepare for FaBcap 3
  • Continue expansion, attraction, and international and export support   
  • Coordinate private Innovation Dinner Fundraiser
  • Explore benefits of reintroducing professional profiles

 

 2018 MEETING SCHEDULE

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 10:30 am-12:00 pm at the MMAC. A call-in meeting option is provided. 

Monday, January 8
Full Committee

     MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, February 12
Steering Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, March 14
Full Committee

MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, April 19



No meeting


Monday, May 14
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400


Monday, June 12



No meeting


Monday, July 9
Steering Committee


MMAC 
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, August 13
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, September 10



No meeting


Monday, October 8
Steering Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, November 12
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

 

  

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

Brad Rostowfske

Director of Industry Growth
FaB Wisconsin 

 

Tera Johnson
Director
Food Finance Institute 

 

Rod Hogan

Vice President of New Business Development

Sargento Foods 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Amanda Goers

Founder 

88|West

 

Colleen Grams

Account Director

Bader Rutter

 

Joel Herriges

Vice President of Commercial Banking

BMO Harris

 

Vic Grassman

Commercialization Manager

Center for Dairy Research 


Mark Albrecht

Partner

Chortek

 

Jeremy Walker

Strategic Account Manager

Consolidated Construction

 

Dan Kipp

CFO

Create-A-Pack Foods

 

John McMahon

Founder & CEO

Door County Brewing Co.

 

Frank Jimenez

Co-Founder & Partner

EVOLVE Brands

 

Lauren Sammel

Enabling Technologies Coordinator

Johnsonville Foods

 

Brian Forston

Project Manager

JP Cullen

 

Mary Pellettieri

CEO & Founder

La Pavia Beverage

 

Adam Haen

Consultant

madllama Consulting

 

Nick Fallucca

Vice President of R&D and Innovation

Palermo's Pizza


John Ross Ferrell

Founder & CEO

Philoçoffia Coffee Co.

 

Katie Mleziva

Founder

Real Food Brands 


Bob Heinrich

Shareholder

Reinhart Boerner van Deuren 


Brian Schauf

Innovation Technologies Program Director

Schreiber Foods

 

Linda Kath

Marketing Manager

Society Insurance 


Barry Cameron

Director of Fermentation

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Jeff Bartlett 

Mergers & Acquisitions Partner

von Briesen & Roper

 

Kyle Vlasak 

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Vonco Products


Jack Heinemann

Bureau Director, WIBAC

Wisconsin DATCP

 

Cate Rahmlow

Sector Development Manager

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

 

Andy Broderick

Business Development Leader

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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