Cleveland — Eleven industry leaders will be recognized with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, FL, on Saturday, October 14. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their careers to giving back for the overall benefit of the confectionery industry.
The 2017 Candy Hall of Fame inductees are:
Peter Blommer, Blommer Chocolate Co.; Rick Brindle, Mondelez International, Inc.; Sara Clair, Brown & Haley; Ray Cote, American Chocolate Mould Co.; Basant Dwivedi, The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc.; Mary Beth Geraci, Carlin-Group; Richard Hartel, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Scott Hartman, Rutter’s Holdings Inc.; Rob Nelson, Elmer Chocolate; Dave Taiclet, 1-800-Flowers.com/Fannie May Confections; and Mary Villa, URM Stores Inc.
“The Candy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is an impressive group of individuals and we are honored to be recognizing their accomplishments,” says John Leipold, NCSA president and CEO, noting the diversity of the disciplines represented among the inductees.
The Candy Hall of Fame weekend will take place during the NCSA 118th Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, October 13 to 15. The induction ceremony will be preceded by a gala black-tie dinner featuring audio/visual presentations highlighting the honorees’ professional and personal lives.
The weekend also includes the announcement of the NCSA Scholarship recipients during Friday’s Welcome Reception.
The association reports it will again host the five participants in the 2017 NCA YPN Future Leadership Program. As a sponsor of this program, the NCSA will recognize the five individuals during the Friday evening reception.
Leipold says the Candy Hall of Fame weekend draws hundreds of industry leaders, family members and friends from around the globe to celebrate the candy category’s best and brightest.