Active participation affords opportunities for meeting and building relationships with top executives in all walks of the grocery industry. With the widespread downsizing of customer and member companies, we need more than ever to keep open the channels of communication. If you qualify, apply for membership now!

 

During the year, FISMC honors and makes charitable contributions to many organizations, including the City of Hope and Olive Crest.

FISMC OFFICERS 2014

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014

2014 FIRST YEAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

• Chuck Balassa             • Pam Bonds

• Michelle Cassatt         • Debbie Longston

2014 SECOND YEAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

• Frank Pestana               • Dave Thatcher

• Belinda Vant Hul           • Cathy Yochem

Food Industries Sales Managers' Club of Los Angeles

about

who we are

Founded in 1934, FISMC offers a forum for relationship building with both customers and associates who share your goals and challenges. To qualify for membership you must manage sales people or broker representatives. You must be employed by a company which manufactures, produces, or represents a product or service sold to the food industry.

 

PRESIDENT

Jill Elroy

 

 

president@fismc.org

VICE PRESIDENT

Perry Sanders

 

 

 

vicepresident@fismc.org

 

TREASURER

Mike Cirza

 

 

treasurer@fismc.org

PAST PRESIDENT

Kent Sandie

 

 

pastpresident@fismc.org

Kristal Clark

 

 

secretary@fismc.org

SECRETARY

HISTORIAN

Lorna Bjorklund

 

 

historian@fismc.org

looking  back

history

The Food Industries Sales Managers' Club celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. FISMC has been in existence since 1934 and was incorporated on September 22, 1939.

 

 

From an original membership of eighteen, FISMC has grown into one of the most highly respected organizations throughout the food industry. Its membership is limited to those of management level within suppliers of food and related products and services to the food industry. The club honors grocers and holds business meetings throughout the year. At the annual Hi-Jinks event, FISMC thanks customers for their business and accepts donations to Olive Crest to make Christmas better for underprivileged children.

past presidents

1934 Stanley West

1935 Stanley West

1936 George Salm

1937 Oliver Seegelken

1938 Roy Heinz

1939 Dumont Hirsch

1940 Sy Ferguson

1941 Cyril C. Nigg

1942 William B. Massie

1943 Tony Whan

1944 Lyman Dunbar

1945 James A. Camp

1946 Alex Smith

1947 Lester Irvin

1948 Jack L. Hall

1949 Irvin E. Damon

1950 Paul J. McKinney

1951 Spencer D. Redfield

1952 Anthony Hebner

1953 Verne L. Mishler

1954 Ivan A. Nielson

1955 Floyd W. Williams

1956 Charles F. Fuller

1957 Fred Heaton

1958 Andrew J. Dossett

1959 Carl D. Finn

1960 Ray Kidd

1961 Fred C. Hawkins

1962 Richard W. Burns

1963 Will L. Higgin

1964 Ray C. Parks

1965 John A. Mooney

1966 John B. Coker

1967 James P. Curry

1968 David J. Ford

1969 James C. Martin

1970 William H. Coulson, Jr.

1971 J. E. Johnson

1972 Harold R. Lohmuller

1973 N. R. Maitino

1974 Ernie J. Ales

1975 Robert W. Hutto

1976 Robert L. Lord

1977 Fred E. Marsic

1978 Robert A. Kunz

1979 Larry Moore

1980 Warren C. Lattin

1981 Jack R. Hinrichs

1982 John Vander Giessen

1983 Jack Targon

1984 Ron West

1985 Virgil Zappe

1986 Sid Borie

1987 Arnie Gamboa

1988 Larry Taylor

1989 Bob Stokes

1990 Roy Roudine

1991 Bill Manwarren

1992 Harry Little

1993 Kent McLain

1994 Bob Gilmore

1995 Jerry Whitmore

1996 Gerry Martin

1997 Don Davis

1998 Lorna Bjorklund

1999 Joe Wertzberger

2000 Eddie Gales

2001 Mickie Sharp-Villanueva

2002 Victor Gwinn

2003 Orv Harpole

2004 Dana Gilbert

2005 Dave Dimond

2006 Warren Langley

2007 Cricket McNeill

2008 Joel Yochem

2009 Cynthia Weifenbach

2010 Susan Bremer-Rossow

2011 Robert Mayo

2012 Jeff Hansen

2013 Kent Sandie

take a look

The Food Industries Sales Managers’ Club of Los Angeles proudly donates to selected charitable organizations. Each customer-oriented event raises funds to support causes specified by the honored retailer. Through these events FISMC gives back to the community.

charities

The following are some of the charitable organizations

that have benefited from FISMC’s events.

American Red Cross

Boys and Girls Club

Children’s Hospital of Orange County,

Children’s Miracle Network

City of Hope

 

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank

National Brain Tumor Society

Olive Crest Homes for Abused Children

Stater Bros. Charities

Weingart Center

requirments

who is eligible for membership with FISMC?

 

membership

Click here to submit an application today!

frequently asked questions...

 

Q. CAN OTHER QUALIFIED PEOPLE FROM MY COMPANY JOIN AS WELL?

A. Yes, but they have to submit an application and be presented to the membership for a vote.

 

Q. WHAT DOES THE PROCESS OF INDUCTION INVOLVE?

A. At your induction, you will be given your FISMC badge, FISMC pin and pen, and a copy of that year’s Club Roster. We will also ask you to tell us something about you and your company so that we may get to know you better.

 

Q. I TRAVEL FREQUENTLY. ARE THERE A REQUIRED NUMBER OF EVENTS THAT I MUST ATTEND?

A. We all understand that our jobs come first and there are no attendance requirements during the year. However, if you don’t attend events you won’t reap the maximum benefits the Club has to offer.

 

Q. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET INVOLVED?

A. Go to our website and look at the list of Committees. Decide where you would best serve the Club and volunteer by contacting the Chair or Vice Chair of that Committee.

 

Q. WHAT ARE THE FISMC “EXCLUSIVE” EVENTS?

A. During the year we will have at least one event where we will honor a retailer that is “exclusive” to FSIMC members in good standing and one special guest. These are more intimate affairs, which is why we restrict attendance to a member and a guest. The retailer invites individuals from their senior management, so it is an excellent opportunity to socialize with our accounts top management.

 

Q. HOW DOES ONE SERVE ON THE BOARD OR AS AN OFFICER?

A. Board members are selected by the Nominating Committee. Selection is based on how active a member is on event attendance and/or Committee participation, as well as how the member interacts within the membership. Nomination to the Board is a two-year term, with monthly Board Meeting on the first Monday of the month. If selected to be an Officer, this is a five year process serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President, and then Immediate Past President of the Club.

FISMC committees oversee club functions and events.

 

ARRANGEMENTS

Plan and select menus for all scheduled luncheons and dinners. Designate proper seating arrangements and prepare name badges.

 

ATTENDANCE

Record membership attendance and conduct registration at events.

 

AUDITING

 

EMPLOYMENT

Maintain and update Employment Packet. Act as a conduit to open positions within the industry and communicate to members.

 

GREETERS

Welcome and direct members and guests to event locations.

 

HI-JINKS

Organize and stage highlight of year thanking retailers, recognizing the current Officers and Board and welcoming the incoming Officers and Board members.

 

HISTORIAN

 

LEGENDS / INDUSTRY

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS' DAY

Select site, date, time, and make all necessary arrangements for annual FISMC golf tournament.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Interview and process the applications of prospective new members.

 

PROGRAM

Arrange suitable programs for the education and entertainment of the club.

 

PUBLICITY / WEBSITE

Contact all trade publications offering information on present and future club events. Maintain and update website.

 

ROSTER

Prepare and mail to every member in good standing a copy of the revised roster, and maintain up-to-date identification badges for the members.

 

SERGEANT AT ARMS

Attend all meetings and follow directions of the President. Collect fines, run drawings, etc.

 

WOMEN / INDUSTRY

chairperson of the day responsibalities...

The Chairperson of the Day is responsible for a well-planned, properly organized and well-executed program. Working with the honored guests, President, Vice President (Program Chair) and the various committees involved, the Chairperson of the Day will coordinate all activities pertaining to the event.

• You must be a sales manager employed by a food and/or grocery merchandise manufacturer

   or a sales manager directly selling products or services to the retail food trade channels.

• Employees of wholesale or retail grocers or buying organizations are not eligible.

• Application to the Club is first approved by the Membership Committee.

• Applicants must be then elected to membership by the Club.

• Membership is strictly social in nature and cannot be used to further business interests.

• Membership is not transferrable to another person or company.

• Dues are annual: $150 per year with a one-time $100 initiation fee.

committees

Each committee plays a vital role in the success of the club. Committees consist of a chairperson, a vice-chairperson and members to perform assigned committee tasks. We can think of no better way to get involved in FISMC functions and events than to volunteer for a committee. By doing so, you not only raise your profile in the club, but also in the industry as well. In committee participation, you have the opportunity to work closely with retailers at many levels, including senior management. Please look over the FISMC Committees below to see where you may contribute.

1. CONTACT GUEST

      • Secure commitment of appearance, date and time.

      • Obtain resume of speaker(s).

      • Verify names of head table guests.

      • Acquire list of names of other guests.

      • Arrange for publicity photo. (Often guests have publicity photos available. If all else fails, set a meeting with the guest and take

        a Polaroid or digital image.) You may want to delegate this responsibility to the Publicity Chairperson.

 

2. PUBLICITY

      • Create a flyer for publicity. Secretarial service has a format, or create one yourself.

        Be sure to include the photos and all information about reservations, location, date and time.

      • Proof flyer prior to printing.

      • Arrange for distribution of flyer, not only to members, but also to brokers, customers and others.

      • Print signs, banners etc, if appropriate, and place them strategically to publicize the event.

      • COMPLETE ALL PUBLICITY A MINIMUM OF FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT!

 

3. LUNCHEON ARRANGEMENTS

      • The Arrangements Chairperson must be notified of all the event details from the outset:

                   a. Menu selection, room set up, audio-visual equipment needed etc.

                   b. Names of guest for which name badges and place cards need to be made.

                   c. Check with the President and/or VP for special seating arrangements and advise Arrangements Chair.

                   d. If large event, stuff envelopes ahead of time with fish or chicken ticket, seating assignments and receipt for event.

      • Check with the President about the agenda-meeting organization and timing.

 

4. RESERVATIONS

      • Collect forms, checks and credit card number, expiration, address, name on card and signature.

      • Track on spreadsheet, keeping everyone involved with the event up to date.

 

5. ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE

      • Prior to guest arrival, the Attendance Committee must be made aware of non-paying guests,

         so they may properly record their names and provide free lunch tickets.

      • If other guests from the honored organization are invited, provide Attendance Chair with a list of their names and sponsors.

 

6. PROGRAM CHAIRMAN

      • Arrange in advance the club gift to the guest speaker(s). If it's a donation to charity,

         know which one and how much will be donated.

      • Send a thank you note to each guest speaker shortly following the meeting with copies to the officers.

      • Complete "FISMC Event Summary" form and present to Board of Directors.

 

 

 

duties

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Calendar of Club

Events for 2014

 

events

Active participation in club events affords opportunities for meeting and building relationships with top executives in all walks of the grocery industry. With the widespread consolidation of customer and member companies, we need more than ever to keep open the channels of communication...

Click to view the 2014 calendar of events!!

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