Geneva, IL — Joseph J. Slawek, founder, chairman and CEO of flavor developer FONA International, has been inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Leadership Academy.
A 1972 graduate with a degree in marketing and management, Slawek thanked the university, saying that its “recognition of business excellence encourages us to be faithful, to be creative, to develop character, to be responsible, to plan ahead and to come together to profitably grow.”
Founded in 1987, FONA has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. seven consecutive years, the 2012 SQFI Manufacturer of the Year, and was awarded Best Mid-Sized Company to Work For in the Nation in 2012 by the National Association for Business Resources, which also has recognized the company with its 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and Best of the Best in Chicago ratings. In 1999 Slawek was inducted into the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year for Manufacturing in the Midwest.
Prior to founding FONA, Slawek was a senior national account executive at Food Materials Corporation.
He is vice-chairman and executive committee member of The McGraw Wildlife Foundation board of directors, sits on the advisory boards of U.S. Polymers and Kane County Economic Development and is a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Kane County Regional Planning Commission, Illinois Manufacturing Association, Chief Executive Network, Administer Justice Executive Board. Slawek also is president and co-founder of the C-Level Christian CEO group.
ALA inductees are nominated by their peers as exemplars of the College of Business Administration’s commitment to leadership, teaching, research and service.