Five Industry Notables To Be First Inductees Into SJU Hall Of Honor

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To cap off its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University will conduct the Food Marketing Hall of Honor Day on Thursday, November 1, 2012. At that time, five alumni of the university’s food marketing education program will be inducted in the Hall of Honor.

The inductees, who represent five decades of excellence in food marketing, were selected based on their demonstrated achievements, responsible decision-making, focus on human excellence, appreciation of diversity and concern for the betterment of the industry in general.

Daniel Cassidy, a graduate of the class of 1979, is currently president and CEO of Key Impact Sales & Systems, a leading food service sales agency with nationwide operations comprised of more than 600 trained professionals.

Cassidy  began his career in food service in 1980; in 1984, at the age of twenty-six, he established his own business Cassidy and Myers Food Brokerage in Rancocas Woods, NJ; in 1985, Cassidy and Myers merged with Tony Odorisio and Keith Dwyer forming Key Food Brokers. In 2001, Key Food Brokers merged with Impact Sales forming KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc.

Under Cassidy’s guidance, KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc. has successfully completed 36 strategic acquisitions since inception, enabling the Company to expand its geographic footprint to 33 states and strengthen its coverage of existing markets.

Cassidy’s  leadership has led KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc. to be successful in its ability to execute a strategy of strengthening market presence and industry position by employing best-in-class systems, executing strategic acquisitions, and implementing employee training and development initiatives.

Cassidy’s vision for KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc. to become the leading sales agency in each market and product category in which the company serves, derived by delving into what occurred back in the late 90s, when the retail industry rolled-up creating four major players. Cassidy always thought that the foodservice industry was five to six years behind retail, and even though it took a little longer than expected, his vision is now coming to fruition.

For the past six years, Cassidy  has served as a member of the Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association (FSMA) board of directors. Prior to his current board role, Cassidy served on numerous manufacturers’ advisory committees.

Cassidy graduated in 1979 from Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in food marketing.

He  is the proud father of three outstanding boys Robert (27), Brian (24), and Kevin (21), and is married to his loving wife Kathy.

In his free time, Cassidy enjoys all athletic sports, but by far basketball is his passion. While a senior at Saint Joseph’s University, he was the assistant coach for women’s basketball at Villanova University from 1978 to 1983. He currently coaches the 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball at Saint Joan of Arc in Marlton, NJ and has done so for the past 15 years.

Timothy G. Fallon, president and CEO of Columbus Foods, Inc., graduated fromSaint Joseph’s University in 1976.

Fallon joined Columbus Foods in 2010 after an extensive background in sales, marketing, operations and distribution. Prior to joining Columbus, he led private equity backed Kettle Foods through explosive growth nationally and internationally being sold to Diamond Foods in April 2010. He previously led management teams at: Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd.; Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New York City; Cadbury Beverages North America; and Procter & Gamble. He was also a former chairman of the board of Annie’s Homegrown.

John B. Lord, Ph.D, is a professor of marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. He received his bachelor of science degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Food Marketing in 1971, an MBA from DrexelUniversity and Ph.D. from Temple University.

He joined the food marketing department in 1975. He served as dean (1987-92) and associate dean (1997-99) of the business school, plus multiple terms as chairperson in the food marketing department before moving to marketing in 2007, where he served as chair from 2009-2012.

John Machuzick is the retired president of bakery and foodservice at General Mills. Machuzick joined General Mills in 1978 as a retail sales representative and went on to hold various sales and sales management positions before being named vice president of trade and promotion marketing in the Big G Cereal division in 1994 and vice president of trade marketing and promotion for General Mills, Inc. in 1997. In 1999, Machuzick was named SVP-consumer food sales for strategic channels. Concurrent with the company’s acquisition of Pillsbury 2001, Machuzick joined the General Mills Bakeries and Foodservice division as SVP and general manager of the convenient food solutions group. He was named SVP and president of General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice in June 2003.

Machuzick earned a bachelor’s degree in food marketing fromSt. Joseph’s University in 1978, and an MBA fromPepperdineUniversityin 1990.

John M. Orbono is senior vice president of supply chain at Aramark, a leader in professional services, providing food services, facilities management and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.

Orobono joined Aramark in 1994. Prior to taking that post, he was a procurement manager for Sambo’s and purchasing director for Gino’s. He graduated fromSaint Joseph’s University in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree.

In announcing the Hall of Honor inductees and event, the university said, “The Hall of Honor induction and reception will close a day’s celebration of 50 years of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University with alumni and friends of food marketing coming together to reconnect with classmates and faculty, see the remarkable changes on campus, network with other food marketing leaders, learn about global trends that will fundamentally change the way we think, work and live, and join in the tribute to golden anniversary of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University.”