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Greater Akron Chamber Presents Mark Smucker as the Speaker for the October 14 Morning Buzz


Greater Akron—Sponsored by SummaCare, The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, October 14, 2016, join us to hear Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company discuss “Creating and Maintaining a Brand: Building an Emotional Bond With Consumers.”

The J.M. Smucker Company, headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood® and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles ’n Bits®, Natural Balance® and 9Lives®. 

Smucker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Over his 19-year career with the company, he has managed virtually every major business, including the company’s significant coffee business, Foodservice, Canada and International, and, most recently, Consumer and Natural Foods. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a member of the fifth generation of the founding family that has led the business since its establishment in 1897.

The Morning Buzz will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron, 1307 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44305.  Business connections, registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  The cost is $20 for members, $40 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet.  To make a reservation, call the Greater Akron Chamber at (330) 376-5550 or register on-line at www.greaterakronchamber.org.  RSVP by noon on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
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