We think of Willy Wonka as an inventor, a scientist, a chef and a little bit of an oddball. But have you ever considered he was also a tradesman? Building and running a chocolate factory and a great glass elevator required some serious operational, technical and mechanical skills!
Now is your chance to learn more about real careers in confectionery industry and ways to bring your own skills and trade to this fast-moving industry. In order to make all those sweet treats and stock them on store shelves, we need all kinds of skilled workers to join us in making the world a sweeter place.
The Confectionery Foundation and NCA invite you to join us to learn more about confectionery industry careers during our virtual Confectionery Manufacturing Day.
The Confectionery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to support American confectionery industry manufacturing through building career connections.
Tessa J. Porter – Moderator
President & Owner
Tessa is the president and owner of Sprinkk, a Nebraska-based start-up focusing on confectionery process design and small-scale manufacturing. Sprinkk opened in 2019 to create opportunity and reduce manufacturing hurdles for both new products and new businesses. Tessa joined the industry while developing a honey taffy line in college and developed her career at Ferrara Candy Company from R&D scientist to head of innovation and technology. Tessa serves on the board of directors for NCA’s The Confectionery Foundation and is a 2019 NCA Future Leader and an active member of the American Association of Candy Technologists Education Committee. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in food science respectively from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Tap Packaging + Design
Mike is the Manufacturing Manager for Tap Packaging and Design, a manufacturer of Confectionery packaging and specialty consumer packaging. Mike has a 32-year career in Manufacturing and Quality Assurance while working in converting with Cenveo, The Rohrer Corporation and Tap Packaging. Mike is responsible for overseeing package manufacturing from print to finished product. Of great importance is producing top quality packaging in a lean manufacturing environment. Mike holds a BS in Computer Science and his MBA, both from Baldwin Wallace College (OH) and earned his six sigma Black Belt certification from the University of Akron.
Value Stream Manager
Christina graduated from Michigan State with a degree in supply chain management and received her MBA from DePaul University in leadership & change. She began her career at IBM as a logistics consultant within the St. Louis area. Christina joined Mars Wrigley Supply Chain in 2011 as a supply planner, building on her previous logistics experience. She then transitioned into a regional industrial engineering role leading capacity planning and various capital projects. After enjoying the regional industrial engineering role at Mars Wrigley, she became a global industrial engineer supporting the gum & mints business. During the role, she had the opportunity to partner with multiple regions across the globe to build the supply capability for the five-year innovation pipeline. As of June 2020, Christina transitioned to an operations role as a value stream manager for the sugar gum portfolio at the Yorkville, Illinois location. Christina and her husband, Alex, enjoy hiking, biking and traveling to new destinations in their free time.
Raymond Lundy, PhD.
Sr. Director, R&D & QA
Bazooka Candy Brands
Raymond is currently senior director of research and development/quality assurance at Bazooka Candy Brands. Bazooka Candy Brands sells Bazooka® gum, Ring Pop® and Juicy Drop Pop® among many other confectionery brands. Dr. Lundy holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers University as well as degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Clemson University. Ray has worked for over 30 years in the food industry on the bench and in management roles in product development and quality/food safety at Hain Celestial, Nabisco, Kraft and T.J. Lipton.
Sr. Manager, Industrial Design
Judy leads the industrial design team at Ferrara, and her team is responsible for breakthrough innovations by understanding consumer needs, leading ideation sessions, synthesizing ideas and developing creative concepts with the design thinking process. Judy’s expertise is in industrial design, new product development, human-centered design and design strategy. She designed numerous consumer products such as Graco and Baby Jogger baby gears, Nike running shoes, Sunbeam electronics, Contigo water bottles and many others. Judy received bachelor’s degrees in industrial design and art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in product design and development management from Northwestern University
Director, Global Asset Management
Barry Humphries is director of global asset management for Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate and chocolate company. He has worked for Barry Callebaut for 23 years holding various positions beginning in the UK in project engineering, before moving to the United States to continue his career in maintenance, plant management and regional operations management. Barry has gone through his career with a focus on using technology in order to improve energy and operational efficiency, and he is now focused on asset life cycle. He is passionate about enabling people to reach their potential in their careers and enjoys mentoring engaged employees through professional development and growth. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and currently lives in Washington State.