Join us for an important gathering of food industry leaders from the Midwest. 

The 2nd Annual Midwest Food Matters Leadership Award gala will bring together leaders, suppliers and service providers from the many faces of the food industry for an evening of networking and to celebrate the impact, accomplishments and bright promise for the future of the food industry in the Midwest.

Whether you're an industry member, service provider or supplier to food companies, this promises to be a memorable evening of renewing friendships, making new connections for global business opportunities and celebrating our award winners:

2016 Leadership Award Honoree

​Involvement in this campaign provides a number of very valuable benefits for these industry supporting organizations. A portion of the revenue generated through this initiative is a critical part of annual food industry sector funding and support. This allows Global Midwest Alliance to pursue and fund groundbreaking, innovative programs that will help support, expand and enhance the success and impact of companies throughout the Midwest, with a strong focus on the currently critical areas of innovation, sustainability and global growth.

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Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 160 groups in 100 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.


General Reception
5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m.

Valet Parking Available $37/Self Park $26
Additional Parking Information
Susan Bond
Abbott Nutrition

Robert Brackett
Institute for Food Safety and Health

​​Randy Bridgeman
Perkins Coie

Joe Ford
Harris and Ford

Bill Freed
JES Foods

Chris Gerges

Aaron Graham
Bell Flavors

Steve Hubbard
Griffith Foods Worldwide Inc.
Gail Longmore
Global Midwest Alliance

Lisa N. Johnson
Wells Fargo

Amy McDonald

Pete Mulvey

Tony Nasharr, III

​Donald E. Palm, Jr.
AmTech Ingredients

Robert Patti
PTX Food Corp.

Tom Pluss
Lockton Companies

Scott Rangus
Ingredients Solutions

Rob Ritchie

Jeffrey Sanfilippo
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Peter Schottland
American Packaging Corp.

George Todd
Kalsec Company

Tom Vierhile

John Yonover
Indiana Sugars, Inc.

​Joe Ziegler
Berry Plastics

MAY 24, 2016 | 5:30-9:00 P.M.
Program Co-Chairs
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proceeds will benefit
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Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to people each year. Together, we are the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Our network serves virtually every community in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit
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