Cleveland — Registration is open for the 51st Candy Hall of Fame weekend, honoring 12 industry leaders who have significantly impacted the confectionery industry. The 2022 Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, October 15.
The Candy Hall of Fame, which is administered by the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), features a welcome reception on Friday, October 14, followed by the induction ceremony on Saturday, October 15. The ceremony consists of a gala dinner and presentations highlighting the honorees’ professional and personal lives. The event will conclude on Sunday, October 16, with a farewell breakfast.
“We are thrilled to induct our newest class into the Candy Hall of Fame,” says Joe Melville, NCSA president. “Each individual has proven their dedication to the industry with more than 20 years of service and experience. Whether they continue to lead or have led as a manufacturer, salesperson, broker, buyer or through another leading role in the confectionery industry, each inductee has greatly contributed to the health and success of our industry.”
According to the NCSA, attendees who register by September 2 can take advantage of Early Bird rates, noting full details and registration forms are available on the association website — candyhalloffame.org.
Twelve industry leaders will be inducted: Doug Boes, Shankman & Associates, Inc.; Jennifer Dilts, Dollar General Corp.; Peter Greweling, Culinary Institute of America; Jeff Grossman, YummyEarth, Inc.; Dwayne Hallan, Long Grove Confectionery Co.; Terri Hoggatt, Jelly Belly Candy Co.; Mark McArdle, McArdle, Inc.; Troy Pearley, Divine Chocolate Ltd.; Stacey Rutherford, Burdette Beckmann Inc.; Edward Seibolt, Fannie May Confections/Ferrero; and Paul Adams and Emmert Brooks, Adams & Brooks, Inc., who are being honored posthumously.
Boes has been part of the industry for 51 years. He started as a broker when he was 21 years old and at 32 became an owner of Wolverine Associates, which would ultimately become part of Shankman & Associates in 2010, where he currently serves as the senior vice-president of sales. Boes has guided and mentored buyers, manufacturers and coworkers in the Michigan market, dedicating his entire career to this industry.
Dilts, senior director of merchandising at Dollar General, has been a strong leader for many years and has dedicated herself to the development of the industry. She proved her leadership skills in preparing Dollar General stores for post-pandemic shoppers, has stepped up to mentor women she works with and has given countless hours back to her community through programs including Habitat for Humanity.
Greweling has more than 30 years as an educator at The Culinary Institute of America. During his time there, he has taught more than 8,000 students. For 20 years, Greweling taught the Chocolate & Confectionery Technology and Techniques class that he wrote himself, instructing more than 5,000 young professionals in the science and techniques of candymaking.
Grossman has held the title of vice-president and director of sales in the candy industry for more than 37 years. Currently, he is vice-president of sales and brand development at YummyEarth, and he previously worked for Ford Gum & Machine Co., Inc. and Imaginings 3 Inc. In his current role, Grossman travels worldwide looking for ways to develop better-for-you candy and environmentally friendly packaging.
Hallan began his career in 1978 at Long Grove Confectionery as a maintenance technician, where he learned the ins and outs of the chocolate industry. Hallan worked his way up in the company and has served as the director of operations for the past 20 years. He oversees day-to-day operations, including production, purchasing, sales, shipping and receiving, human resources, retail operations, and championing the research and development department.
Hoggatt has been in the candy industry for nearly 30 years and has worn many hats. Her retail background and sales and production experience have been an asset to any team she works on. Hoggatt recently assumed the role of director of specialty sales for Jelly Belly and guided her team through COVID-19, supply chain issues and tight production capabilities.
McArdle has been involved in the confectionery industry since 1963, working for his father at their family business – McArdle Brokerage. Over the years, Mark grew the brokerage, representing many candy and specialty food lines, including becoming the first importer of Swedish Fish. Today, he is still very involved with specific projects and customers, including Trader Joe’s and the five major Hispanic market chains.
Pearley, executive vice-president and general manager of North America for Divine Chocolate, has dedicated more than two decades to the confectionery industry. During the past 10 years, he has established Divine’s Mass Channel business, managed its broker network, and built a culture of accountability and performance, with a startup mentality. His prior decade at companies including Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. and Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. gave him the experience to transform Divine’s social enterprise into a globally recognized brand.
Rutherford serves as national account manager of Burdette Beckmann and has been the face of BBI at Family Dollar during the past 20 years, building an impressive business and an excellent reputation. Rutherford has also been a leader in industry participation, serving on many NCA committees.
Seibolt has dedicated more than 20 years to a career in candy, including special efforts in promoting confectionery products on QVC and leading the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo during a global pandemic. Seibolt currently serves as the vice-president of sales and business development, where he is responsible for the Fannie May Confections wholesale business.
Adams and Brooks, founders of Adam & Brooks, Inc., went into business together after discovering Adams’ exceptional sales skills and Brooks’ knack for the science behind candymaking. They caught the eye of Walt Disney, and he asked them to manage all the concessions in the theme park he was opening in Anaheim, CA. Their business took off, and the two founded their wholesale company, Adams & Brooks.
“This year, we are welcoming an extraordinary, diverse group of members into our Candy Hall of Fame,” says Mark Lozano, chairman of the NCSA. “We are looking forward to a memorable evening of celebrating and honoring their contributions to the industry we are all so fond of.”