This Thursday I will be in Phoenix speaking at the Stagnito Top Gun Executive Food & Beverage Forum. It is a great opportunity to learn from other industry leaders on the constantly changing marketplace and to get ideas
on how to continue to build our business.

My topic is “Targeting Foodservice.” The invitation came about in May after Harry Stagnito, the CEO and Founder of Stagnito Publishing visited our booth at McCormick Place during the NRA Show. Among the hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, Harry saw the quality of our products and our ability to tell our story to the trade as well as to our customers and fans.

My dad and our founder, Eli Schulman, would be very proud of that invitation as the NRA Show and McCormick Place were so important to him. For a number of years, Eli served as an appointee of Governor James R. Thompson
to the McCormick Place Board. As a person who was so committed to the convention and visitor industry, Eli wanted every visitor to McCormick Place to have a great experience. Below is a photo from May of 1981 showing Eli helping cut the ribbon to open the NRA Show that year.

You can imagine Eli’s pride in 1985 when his cheesecake had grown enough to take it to this most important national show for the foodservice industry. We have been in the NRA Show every year since… and we are delighted
that the show will be staying in Chicago.