Food Marketing Center of Excellence

The Food Marketing Center of Excellence (FMC) is a collaboration between food industry leaders and the marketing department of Niagara University to create, build, and inspire transformative programs and partnerships that position the food industry of Western New York at the pinnacle of global excellence, while enriching educational and service opportunities for students.

In addition to seminars, certifications, and networking events, the FMC sponsors an annual Innovation Summit for food industry executives to share the latest insights and industry trends. The 2019 Innovation Summit will be held May 2, 2019 and includes executives from Wegmans Food Markets, Tops Friendly Markets, The Clorox Corporation, Rich Products Corporation, Rosina Food Products, Perry’s Ice Cream, The Food Institute and others. Learn more about this exciting event. 

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The FMC is organized to provide executive support, college-level education programs, student-centered opportunities in industry, and community service consistent with the Vincentian mission.

The FMC advisory board oversees curriculum design, learning goals, and outcomes of the B.S. food marketing degree offered by the marketing department, College of Business Administration, Niagara University, and accredited by AACSB International. This oversight includes quality assurance, assessment, and measurement of key performance indicators. It is the most industry-focused and industry-informed degree of its kind in the world.

The FMC provides case studies, presentations, industry applications, lectures, assessments, company tours, internships, and employment opportunities to students in Niagara University’s B.S. food marketing program. Each food marketing class requires significant participation by industry experts from the FMC.

The FMC advisory board consists of distinguished food executives from Western New York and representatives from the College of Business Administration and includes:

  • Bill Chiodo, Affinity Group
  • Bill Mauro, Advantage Solutions
  • Bob Denning, Perrys Ice Cream,
  • Lori Lennon, Clorox Company
  • Drew Cerza, Just Wing it Productions
  • Jamie McKeon, Rich Products
  • Jeff Culhane, Tops Markets
  • John Persons, Tops Markets
  • John Zimmerman, Rosina Food Products, Inc.
  • Lisa Strock, The Martin Group
  • Mark Serling, Upstate Niagara Cooperative
  • Mike Decroy, Wegmans Food Markets
  • Mike Keating, Wegmans Food Markets
  • Mike Urness, Seurat Group
  • Natalie Kreher, Kreher's Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Robert Castellani, Food Industry Executive
  • Josh Halpern, Food Industry Executive
  • Tony Battaglia, Lactalis American Group
  • Ricky Tatar, LiDestri Food & Drink
  • Phil Catanese, Niagara University
  • Sarah Heximer, Niagara University
  • Mark Frascatore, Niagara University
  • Mike Skowronski, Niagara University
  • Shawn Daly, Niagara University
  • Jack Ampuja, Niagara University
  • Ann Rensel, Niagara University

For more information on the FMC, please contact Dr. Paul Richardson, marketing department chair, or Phillip Catanese, director of centers & college outreach.