December 2015
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WFFC 33rd Annual Gala

By Bea Hornedo (Bontoux, Inc.)

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 the WFFC held their 33rd Annual Gala at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ. 550 industry professionals enjoyed the opportunity to network while recognizing the efforts of the honoree. This year, the WFFC chose Shawn M. Houser, Director Snacks and Grocery Product Development at The Hershey Company, to be honored for her impressive contribution to the flavor industry. Shawn earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College and a master’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at the Campbell Soup Company as a Research Associate. Houser joined The Hershey Company in 1996 as a Research Scientist in chocolate product development. Shawn worked in roles of increasing responsibility in &D, successfully developing and commercializing many chocolate products including filled Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Caramel Kisses and Hershey’s Pot of Gold.

WFFC President, Amy Marks-McGee, welcomed gala guests and introduced a video, produced by The Hershey Company, that elucidated the history of the company and highlighted relationships and accomplishments built with Shawn’s collaborative leadership. Following the video presentation, Darwin Bratton, VP R&D The Hershey Company, introduced Shawn. Shawn graciously delivered a message of gratitude for the honor and expressed pride in the recognition. She commented on her love and enjoyment of the flavor and fragrance industry and thanked those who helped her reach a high level of professional achievement. She ended her speech encouraging women to professionally support other women by “pulling up a chair at the table for another woman” to succeed in the business of flavor and fragrance. For this occasion, The Hershey Company generously donated many tasty treats. Gift bags included the always popular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and new items from the Brookside product line. Shawn selected The Children’s Miracle Network at M.S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center as the 2015 charity to support. New features included a much loved sponsored step and repeat, made possible through the generosity of INDUKERN SA. Cocktail hour sponsors were M & U International and Vigon International, while The Panzarasa Group sponsored a drawing for five complimentary annual WFFC memberships. The WFFC would like to thank Shawn M. Houser, The Hershey Company and each sponsor for their time, attention and generous support of this event.
Shawn M. Houser, The Hershey Company

L-R Front: Delores Roher, Shawn M. Houser, Scott Fedor, Cheryl Houser, Maddie Bennett. L-R Back: Ben Houser, Nathan Lee, Zach Lee, Ed Houser (Honoree’s Family)

 L-R: Conxa Ferrer and Marina Sampietro (Indukern F&F); Tara Lermond Melchionne (The Lermond Company); Rosanna Dotro (IFF); Marie Worsham (Custom Essence); Megan Nolan (Allen Flavors); Erica Lermond McDonnell (The Lermond Company)  

L-R: Sandy Baldini, Celine Roche, Natalie Brand, Laura Engelsman-Bowser (Givaudan Fragrances Corp.)

L-R: Marilynn Kelly (Belle-Aire Fragrances, Inc.); Jane Pinda (Flavor & Fragrance Specialties); Dafne Diez de Medina (Innova Flavors); Christa Gibson (Pearlchem Corp.); Kristin Watson (Frutarom)

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