Chris Lane, EVP of Wakefern Food Corp., will present the keynote address during the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) 2017 Trade Relations Conference, to be held at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City on June 6. The event runs from 3-6 p.m.
Lane’s responsibilities at Wakefern include guiding the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the company, a cooperative that reported $16 billion in retail sales for its most recent fiscal year.
During the event, Stan Barrasso, SVP of Acosta Sales & Marketing Metro Mid-Atlantic, will be honored with the NJFC Max Stone Trade Relations Award. The Max Stone award is named in honor of the longtime trade relations leader for Best Foods/CPC in recognition of his accomplished career in trade relations in New Jersey.
The conference will conclude with a Curtain Closer golf event at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway at 9 a.m. June 7.
In other NJFC news, the group recently hosted an event at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe to honor 2017 scholarship recipients. The recipients and their families were joined by NJFC’s board of directors as well as sponsors of the individual scholarships.
Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2011, NJFC’s three scholarships have grown from $2,000 to $5,000; the program also includes an additional 17 member-supported scholarships. In all, 20 scholarships totaling $67,000 will be awarded this year.
“We are proud of how significantly our scholarship program has expanded over the last few years,” said NJFC President Linda Doherty. “When we created this small scholarship program in 2011 to help grow the future of our industry and to benefit our members and their families, we had no idea that it would grow so quickly. The incredible support of our members and the opportunity to make such as significant impact on the lives of our associates and their families makes this one of the most rewarding programs we offer.
“NJFC received 124 applications for consideration. The selection committee was overwhelmingly impressed with the number and quality of applications. Our scholarship winners and all applicants are a shining example of the youth of today and their goals to succeed in today’s competitive business climate.”