Who is Involved?
We have a dedicated boards of Directors of industry pioneers, recognized pros in their respective fields, and budding entrepreneurs. We also boast a vibrant and growing membership of companies interested in connecting and learning from others, and building the industry in Chicagoland. We bring people together for networking opportunities, to brainstorm great ideas, and to collaborate and create things together that grow business. We call on Chicago-area experts in the field for deep-dive educational seminars and events. And we know how to throw one heck of a party.
|Mike Loquercio Chairman
Area Director, Operations &
D&W Fine Pack
EVP & Chief Commercial Officer
|Janet Garetto Secretary
General Manager, Chief Sales and Marketing Director
Enjoy Life Foods
Founder & President
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Retired Kraft Executive
Chicago Section Institute of Food Technologists
Consulting Practice Officer
President, US Specialty
The Kellogg Company
|Dr. Bob Brackett
IIT - Institute for Food Safety and Health
Marketing Director, Thought Leadership
|Erica T. Kuhlmann
Managing Director, Food, Consumer and Agribusiness Group
|Dr. Ricardo Estrada
Vice President of Education and Program
Instituto del Progreso Latino
Alan Reed is the Executive Director of Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network. Prior to this role, Alan was Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation at Dairy Management, Inc., and was responsible for creating and driving innovative strategies to grow dairy demand. Alan has a degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University and an MBA in Management & Strategy from Northwestern University.
Patrick Schaffler has been with Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network soon after its inception, initially serving as interim COO, and now primarily as a Consultant for varying financial control needs and special projects. Prior to this role, Patrick served as the Executive Director at the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation, leading the organization through an operational stabilization. He spent much of his career in Chicago, serving as a Director in Dairy Management Inc.’s Strategy, Insights and Planning department. Patrick has a degree in Finance and Business Economics from The University of Notre Dame.
Tabetha Hawkins is the communications operative at CFBN. She overseas all social media channels, curates monthly newsletters and company updates. Prior to this role, Tabetha was a promotional assistant at Clear Channel Chicago, where she helped facilitate on- and off-site marketing events. Tabetha has also worked as the social media manager for Mrs. Wig Boutique, a hair care start up business in Chicago. Tabetha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL.
Mayra Cruz is the Administrative Assistant for Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network. Mayra comes to CFBN with over 20 years of administrative experience. Prior to joining CFBN, Mayra worked as an Executive Assistant at Dairy Management, Inc. She attended Northwestern Business College in Chicago.
Andrea J. Carbine
Director of Member Services
Andrea J. Carbine is an entrepreneur, chef, and consultant working in food for over twenty years. She was recognized with two James Beard nominations, a Local Hero award, and a Women of Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship for her work in the kitchen and in her own ventures. She has launched, operated, scaled, and sold her own entrepreneurial ventures. She also led operations for the Chicago outpost of the former Pilotworks, a culinary co-working space, helping to develop tools for entrepreneurs and B2B companies to build, scale, and develop their food-focused products.
Business & Program Development
Suneet has spent the past two and a half years executing one of the largest public/private partnerships in the history of the city using relationship building and leadership skills to bring together stakeholders representing developers, financial institutions, community development agencies, neighborhood groups, CPG’s, the City of Chicago, and more to help lead the development of a $34MM food business incubator on the City’s West Side. Prior to this role, Suneet spent five ears in brand marketing and innovation roles for two large food CPG companies and have also spent more than five years in the banking sector straddling finance and technology.