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Leadership Forum
   


With a focus on industry leadership and awareness, the Leadership Forum will focus on Wisconsin’s status as an industry leader, creating and seizing opportunities for us to demonstrate our leadership and strengthen our ecosystem for business growth and economic impact.


This Forum is comprised of member food and beverage company owners and C-Suite executives, as well as representatives from our Annual Gold Sponsors.



ROLE

The role of this Forum is to garner input from, and offer opportunities for, its members to:

  • Share best practices and discuss common issues facing their businesses and our ecosystem
  • Shape FaB’s strategic direction, actions and member offerings, including our signature initiative, The Future Food Center


FORUM CHAIRS

The Leadership Forum is led by members of our Executive Board, a small group of successful chief executive officers representing some of Wisconsin's most successful food and beverage companies. Their role is to ensure FaB's organizational health and industry impact. 



GIACOMO FALLUCCA
Chairman & CEO
Palermo's Pizza

DAVID CARPENTER
Executive Advisor
Chr. Hansen



FORUM PARTICIPATION

The CEO Forum is an invite-only body open only to food and beverage C-suite professionals and owners, as well as our sponsors' industry leaders. New FaB members may be automatically added to the CEO Forum based on their job titles (e.g. CEO, president, owner.)

At the end of each year, the most active CEO Forum participants are recognized at our Annual Meeting and on this Forum page.

 

2018 MOST ACTIVE FORUM PARTICIPANTS 

Ted Balistreri
Owner

Sendik's Food Markets


Tom Benner
President & CEO

Lesaffre Red Star Yeast Co.

 

Paul Benson

Partner

Michael Best & Friedrich

 

Buckley Brinkman

Executive Director & CEO

Wisconsin Center for
Manufacturing and Productivity

   

Tom Danneker

President & CEO

Klement Sausage Co.

 

Bryan Dieckelman

Business Unit Leader

Eurofins

 

Brian Durst

Chairman & CEO

Tribe 9 Foods

Jeff Gentine

President & CEO

Masters Gallery Foods


Peter Gottsacker

President

Wixon, Inc.

 

Rob Huether

President

Sysco Eastern Wisconsin

 

Evan Hughes

Co-Founder

Central Standard Craft Distillery

 

Frank Jimenez

Co-Founder & Partner

EVOLVE Brands

 

Tera Johnson

Executive Director

Food Finance Institute

Jim Kanter

General Manager, Wisconsin

MillerCoors

  

Russ Klisch

President

Lakefront Brewery

Rick LaBerge

COO

HARIBO of America

  

Sam Maglio

President

Maglio Companies

Colin McDermid

Business President

Kerry, Inc.


John McMahon

Founder & CEO

Door County Brewing Co.

 

Sam Miller

Managing Director

BMO Harris Bank

  

Eric Olesen

President & Owner

O&H Danish Bakery


Richard Parkhurst

Accounts Manager

Siemens


Cate Rahmlow

Sector Development Manager

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

 

Keith Smith

President

Vonco Products

 

Aaron Stamm

Retail Specialist

Acuity Insurance

 

Fritz Usinger

President

Usinger's

Dan Voss

Vice President of Food Processing

Miron Construction

 

Kim Wall

President

Baensch Food Products

 

Cory Wendt

Director

Baker Tilly

Katie Wessel

CEO

Milwaukee Pretzel Co.


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