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Industry Growth Committee
 

We're a committee committed to industry growth and advancement. We’re a group of diverse food and beverage industry professionals from entrepreneurs to innovation, sustainability and business development professionals, to those making decisions on which products will make their shelves, to those who make it easier to make your product and grow your business. We share a common ambition to grow an industry that will feed and quench our own, and the world, better...together. 


gFaB’s ROLE

gFaB’s role is to maximize our industry growth, advancement and business support systems. Our work is to facilitate collaboration, communication, and when needed, the development of resources and capabilities of industry stakeholders for sustainable business and industry growth and advancement.
 
We’re the force behind the FaBcap programs: Starter, Scaler, and Accelerator.  

We continue to review and develop easy ways to communicate resources at FaB’s online Grow Your Business site section and look for ways to increase value from our Membership Listing and Marketplace Directories. We know that we can be doing more to connect the resources you need for sustainable growth, and invite our food and beverage member companies to have representation on our committee. 


OUR INVITATION TO SERVE

If your company wants to see the food and beverage industry grow and advance – to see your food and beverage business grow and advance – gFaB could be a good fit.  

Interested in serving on the gFaB Committee? To explore serving on gFaB, please contact Brad Rostowfske, FaB’s Director of Industry Growth.


2018 STRATEGIC ACTION ITEMS
  • Debut new and improved FaB Co-Pack Directory
  • Reconfigure Grow your Business section of website
  • Run FaBcap 2 program
  • Finalize fundraising for FaBcap 2
  • Host FaBcapstone event in June
  • Restart FaBcap Series
  • Begin funding and prepare for FaBcap 3
  • Continue expansion, attraction, and international and export support   
  • Coordinate private Innovation Dinner Fundraiser
  • Explore benefits of reintroducing professional profiles


 2018 MEETING SCHEDULE

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 10:30 am-12:00 pm at the MMAC. A call-in meeting option is provided. 

Monday, January 8
Full Committee

    MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, February 12
Steering Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, March 14
Full Committee

MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, April 19



No meeting


Monday, May 14
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400


Monday, June 12



No meeting


Monday, July 9
Steering Committee


MMAC 
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, August 13
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, September 10



No meeting


Monday, October 8
Steering Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

Monday, November 12
Full Committee


MMAC
756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400

 


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

Brad Rostowfske

Director of Industry Growth
FaB Wisconsin 

 

Tera Johnson
Director
Food Finance Institute 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

JoDee George

Food and Beverage Group Leader

Bader Rutter

 

Wendy Lawler

Senior Vice President

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 

Darci Miller

Senior Vice President

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 

Phillip Glass, Jr.

Product Development Specialist

Campbell's Soup Co.

 

Vic Grassman

Commercialization Manager

Center for Dairy Research


Mike Showalter

Relationship Manager

Chase Bank 


Mark Albrecht

Partner

Chortek

 

Jeremy Walker

Strategic Account Manager

Consolidated Construction


Dan Kipp

CFO

Create-A-Pack Foods

 

John McMahon

Founder & CEO

Door County Brewing Co.

 

John Ross Ferrell

Founder & CEO

Ecos Beverages

 

Johnathan Morris

Project Manager

Gehl Foods

 

Stephen McDiarmid

Founder & CEO

Gorilly Goods

 

Joe Cesarz

Managing Director

Lakeview Equity Partners

 

Logan Dawson

Director of Corporate Attraction & Expansion

Milwaukee 7

 

Nick Fallucca

Vice President of R&D and Innovation

Palermo's Pizza

 

Bob Heinrich

Shareholder

Reinhart Boerner van Deuren

 

Rod Hogan

Vice President of New Business Development

Sargento Foods

 

Brian Schauf

Innovation Technologies Program Director

Schreiber Foods

 

Tracy Sabol

Commercial Insurance Executive

Society Insurance

 

Barry Cameron

Director of Fermentation

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Ron Crass

Vice President of Commercial Lending

Waukesha State Bank

 

Jack Heinemann

Bureau Director, WIBAC

Wisconsin DATCP


Cate Rahmlow

Sector Development Manager

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

 

Wendi Devan

Director of Strategy & Business Development

Wisconsin Foodie

 

Scot Trojanowski

President

Z.T. Distribution

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