11 Industry Leaders To Be Inducted Into Candy Hall of Fame In October


Cleveland — The Candy Hall of Fame Class of 2023 includes inductees representing several disciplines in the confectionery industry, from sales and marketing to engineering and research and development professionals, as well as brokers, distributors, retail buyers and category managers and suppliers. The 2023 class will be formally inducted at a ceremony held during the National Confectionery Sales Association’s (NCSA) Annual Meeting, October 19 to 22, in Tampa, FL.

Candy Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees are:

  • Brad Carlin, C.A. Carlin
  • Tony Frankenberger, McLane Co.
  • Adolph Goelitz, Goelitz Confectionery Co. (now Jelly Belly Candy Co.)
  • Mitchell Goetze, Goetze’s Candy Co., Inc.
  • Susan Grassey, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, LLC
  • Patrice Guy, The Walt Disney Co.
  • Shawn Houser-Fedor, The Hershey Co.
  • Rose Potts, Blommer Chocolate Co.
  • Arne Sandberg, PPC Prototype Packaging LLC
  • David Shaffer, Just Born, Inc.
  • Brian Sisitzky, L.H. Sisitzky Sales, Inc.

“We are looking forward to honoring these 11 leaders who have significantly impacted our industry at this year’s induction ceremony,” says Shelly Clarey, NCSA President, and senior vice-president sales & marketing for Adams & Brooks, Inc. “This is the highest honor in the confectionery world, and the class of 2023 is extremely deserving of this recognition.”

Since 1971, the Candy Hall of Fame has recognized lifetime career achievements in the confectionery industry. Candy Hall of Fame members come from all disciplines within the confectionery industry, must have at least 20 years of service to the confectionery industry (buyers must have at least 10 years of experience) and must be 50 years of age at the time of nomination. Honorees should demonstrate loyalty to building and supporting the confectionery industry through active participation over and above job requirements.

The association says that registration for the 2023 Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be available in early summer.