We are happy to announce that the keynote speaker at the 32nd Hermes Expo will be Mr. Phil Kafarakis, President & CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association based in Chicago, IL.
The 32nd Hermes Expo will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge, New Jersey, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Phil Kafarakis is a global food industry executive with more than 30-years of leadership experience in food manufacturing as well as managing non-profit organizations. Currently, Phil serves as President & CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), a U.S. trade group representing food manufacturing companies within the $1.2 Trillion Food-Away-From-Home business segment. Prior to his IFMA appointment, Phil served as President of the Specialty Food Association (SFA) representing more than 4,000 small and emerging food entrepreneurs in the $160 Billion U.S. Specialty Food Industry and previously, as Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer at the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the leading business association for the $900 Billion restaurant industry. Prior to his association executive roles, Phil successfully led and directly managed businesses at McCormick & Co., Cargill, Jones Dairy Farm, and Kraft.
Mr. Kafarakis was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. with his family as a child. He holds an International Executive MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BSBA from Northern Arizona University.
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