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WFFC Announces 2018 Gala Honoree: Suzanne McCormick, Method

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce that Suzanne McCormick, Senior Director of Fragrance, method products, will be honored at the 36th WFFC Annual Gala on October 18, 2018, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Suzanne McCormick, 2018 Annual Gala Honoree

For more than 25 years Suzanne has played roles ranging from sales to development in the fragrance industry.

She was hired by Firmenich in 1992. After completing their training course, she was sent into the field as a salesperson in Personal Care covering the Midwest and West Coast. In 1997 she transitioned to their Fine Fragrance team in NY.

Olfactive training was an ongoing priority at Firmenich, ranging from attending courses at ISIPCA to weekly classes conducted by perfumers. This continuous training prepared Suzanne to transition to the development side of the business.

Suzanne joined method products in 2006 and has led the fragrance pillar for the brand since then. She has enjoyed working across their broad portfolio made up of personal care, home care, fabric care and baby + kids lines. She is a proud member of the Formulation + Fragrance team (Formulance) which is made up of 90% women. One of the most rewarding parts of her role at method products is mentoring and collaborating with her fragrance colleagues.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2018 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Glen Rock, NJ – The WFFC is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Recognition Award recipients. They are Celine Roche, Givaudan (Nancy Poulos Leadership Award), Kathi Sparks, ADM Nutrition (Flavorist Recognition Award), Susan Arslaner, Symrise Inc. (Perfumer Recognition Award) and Linda Lakind, Firmenich (Innovative Excellence Award).

The award recipients will be honored at the WFFC Annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Celine Roche

Celine Roche, senior marketing account manager, Givaudan, will be receiving the Nancy Poulos Leadership Award. Celine is an executive and client advocate with 19 years of experience in the flavor and fragrance industry. She began in Southern France working for Calchauvet (now Firmenich), where she specialized in natural ingredients and collaborated on fine fragrance development with renown perfumers. Her lifelong affinity for the US then led her to the West Coast and on to NYC, where she settled for 17 years. She worked for Mane as vice president specialty ingredients and fine fragrance account executive and now as senior marketing account manager for Givaudan. To further her commitment to the fragrance community, she joined the WFFC in 2002, and presided over the organization from 2012 to 2014, creating innovative educational events and gatherings to empower women. Celine studied international trade at the Institut Superieur Marseille Cadenelle in France and contemporary business methods at San Diego State University.

Kathi Sparks

Kathi Sparks, Chief Flavorist, ADM Nutrition, will receive the Flavorist Recognition Award. Sparks has 24 years of flavor industry experience. In her current role of chief flavorist, at ADM Nutrition, she enjoys mentoring her team through professional development, flavor creation collaboration and project management while continuing to develop across categories in sweet, beverage and savory. She began her career at Wild Flavors, encompassing various roles including quality assurance and food applications, before obtaining a position in savory flavor creation. She began her flavor training in the savory lab focusing on vegetarian reaction flavors and flavor top-notes. Kathi achieved membership in the Society of Flavor Chemists in 2004. To expand her knowledge, she began creating for beverage applications in 2007, focusing on indulgent sweet and fruit flavor creation. Kathi is an active member of the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), as well as the Society of Flavor Chemist (SFC) membership committee.

Susan Arslaner

Susan Arslaner, senior technical perfumer, Symrise Inc. will receive the Perfumer Recognition Award. Susan’s quiet entry into the fragrance industry began in 1983, as a perfumery lab technician in the Ramsey, NJ offices of PPF, Ltd. a British fragrance house. Prior to that Susan had graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. degree in biology. Susan spent the next 13 years as a lab technician in the perfumery and application departments of both Bush, Boake, Allen and Dragoco. In 1996 she was promoted to perfumery specialist and began training as a technical perfumer. Over the next 22 years, Susan progressed to her current position as Symrise North America’s senior technical perfumer.

Linda Lakind

In 2016, the WFFC Board created the “Innovative Excellence Award,” honoring an individual who offers novel contributions to the industry, and acts as a role model for guiding change and innovations. This year’s Innovative Excellence Award recipient will be Linda Lakind. Linda is the flavors marketing director for North America at Firmenich. For more than 25 years Linda has been monitoring and forecasting consumer, market and flavor trends, sharing these observations with innovative new product concepts to a wide range of food and beverage customers. She is passionate about providing companies with insights to create great tasting products for their consumers around the globe. She has an M.S. in public relations, and a B.A. in psychology, both from Boston University.

Registration is now open for the June Recognition awards.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2018 Board Members and New President – Chicago

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce is pleased to announce the 2018 Chicago Chapter Board of Directors. The officers are: President – Mary Maile (Innova Flavors), Vice President – Marissa Piazza Pasky (H.B. Taylor Company), Treasurer – Kelli Heinz (Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.), and Secretary – Cheryl Schaul Udzielak (Givaudan). The board members include: Stacey David (Belle Aire Creations), Marilynn Kelly (Belle-Aire Creations), Dafne Diez de Medina, Ph. D. (Innova Flavors), Lindsey Oostema (Synergy Flavors, Inc), Jane Pinda (ChemSalesNow, LLC) and Kris Watson (Frutarom).

Back Row, L-R: Marilynn Kelly (Belle Aire Creations); Kris Watson; Dafne Diez de Medina (Innova Flavors)
Middle Row, L-R: Stacey David (Belle Aire Creations); Marissa Piazza Pasky (H.B. Taylor, Co.); Kelli Heinz (Bell Flavors & Fragrances); Lindsey Oostema (Synergy Flavors)
Front Row, L-R: Mary Maile (Innova Flavors); Cheryl Udzielak (Givaudan); Jane Pinda (ChemSalesNow)

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2018 Board Members and New President – Cincinnati

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce is pleased to announce the 2018 Cincinnati Chapter Board of Directors. The officers are: President – Sarah Gutierrez (Mane, Inc.), Vice President – Erica Boyd (Givaudan Flavors Corp.), Treasurer – Lisa Sanders (Independent), Secretary – Katherine Miller (Clearbrook Farms). The board members include: Melinda Baldauf (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients), Becca Bush (Flavors Producers), Tracey Coffey (Mane, Inc.,) Karen DeWitt (Skidmore Sales and Distributing Company), Janine Gage (Mondelez International), Melissa Harman (Mane, Inc.), Amy Horn (MCI Miritz Citrus International LLC), Rhesa Johnson (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients), Megan Nolan (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients) and Lew Weeks (Flavors Producers).

Top Row, L-R: Melissa Harman (Mane Inc.), Rhesa Johnson (ADM/WILD Flavors),
Becca Bush (Flavor Producers), Amy Horn (MCI Miritz Citrus), Tracey Coffey (Mane Inc.),
Lew Weeks (Flavor Producers), Erica Boyd (Givaudan), Sarah Gutierrez (Mane Inc.)

Bottom Row, L-R Katherine Miller (Clearbrookfarms), Lisa Sanders (Independent),
Karen Dewitt (Skidmore Sales), Melinda Baldauf (ADM/WILD Flavors),
Janine Gage (Mondelez), Megan Nolan (ADM/WILD Flavors)

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2018 Board Members and New President – New Jersey

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce is pleased to announce the 2018 General Board of Directors. The officers are: President – Erica Lermond (The Lermond Company, LLC), Vice President – Jessica Reichert Weber (Premier Specialties Inc.) Treasurer – Patricia Halle (consultant), and Secretary – Marie Worsham (Givaudan Fragrances). The board members include: Gillian Bleimann Boucard (Berje Inc.), Christina Christie (Fragrance Resources, Inc.), Paige Crist (Allured Business Media), Joan Huang (Symrise Inc.), Cathianne Leonardi (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients), Amy Marks-McGee (Trendincite LLC), Jeanine Pedersen (Creative Marketing, Trends & Insights Professional), Alpa Roman (Flavor & Fragrance Specialties), Joy Wilson (Firmenich, Inc.), and Marie Wright (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients).

L-R: Amy Marks-McGee (Trendincite LLC), Alpa Roman (Flavor & Fragrance Specialties),
Cathianne Leonardi (WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients), Paige Crist (Allured Business Media),
Erica Lermond (The Lermond Company, LLC), Joan Huang (Symrise Inc.),
Jeanine Pedersen (Creative Marketing, Trends & Insights Professional)

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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