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

The inaugural 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 of the future for 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:

2015 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 107 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.

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General Reception
5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m.

Valet Parking Available $36/Self Park $25
Additional Parking Information
​Lauane Addis
Stahl Cowen

Don Batterson
Jenner & Block

Susan Bond
Abbott Nutrition

Robert Brackett
Institute for Food Safety and Health

​​Howard Brandeisky
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Randy Bridgeman
Perkins Coie
Fred Floberg
The Chicago Corporation

Gail Longmore
Global Midwest Alliance

Maria Madda
Berry Plastics

Dean Matthews
Marathon Foods

Anthony Nasharr III

Lou Pagano II
Ferrara Candy Company
Wendy Prosser
Werner Enterprises, Inc.

Jeff Risch

Mark Shambo

Jim Sanfilippo
Clear Lam

Julie Yurko
Northern Illinois Food Bank

JUNE 23, 2015 | 5:30-9 P.M.
Program Co-Chairs
​A portion of the 
proceeds will benefit
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Northern Illinois Food Bank is leading the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,000 people each week. As a nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on community partners -- the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals -- who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois.