Garden Fresh Gourmet Exec Serves Up Food Business Talk
Specialty food entrepreneur Dave Zilko shares his story of business success as a guest speaker for Albion College’s Gerstacker Institute on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m. in the Norris Science Center's Towsley Hall.
Zilko founded his first specialty food company more than 20 years ago. Today he is an equity partner in multiple successful food enterprises, most notably Garden Fresh Gourmet, maker of the number-one brand of fresh salsa in North America. He is also an operating partner at Huron Capital, a Detroit-based private equity firm, and is on the boards of the $60 million Grow Michigan venture fund and Jimmy Buffett’s “Singing for Change” foundation, among others. Zilko graduated from Michigan State University and holds an MBA from George Washington University.
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerstacker Institute Coordinator Anne Cox at
Picking the Winners for Business: Mitchell Jeffery's Off-Campus Internship
Despite LinkedIn, Google, and the examples set by television crime shows, Web-based background searches aren't always – or often -- easy. "My boss says our job is a little like a murder mystery – sometimes it's really difficult just to confirm that someone is employed where the system says," said communication studies major Mitchell Jeffery, '14. "Or you might be looking for employment data and find out someone's involved in a lawsuit. There can be a sense of accomplishment just finding out where someone works."
Alumni Discuss 'Business of Science for Gerstacker Institute
Albion College alumni return for a panel discussion on "The Business of Science" Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the College's Norris Science Center Towsley Hall. The panel is sponsored by the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management.
The panelists will cover many issues focusing on the benefits of a scientifically-focused education on the development and management of business. "Training in the sciences, like a liberal arts education, can be applied to many business situations, like organizational management, supply-chain strategy," said Gerstacker Institute coordinator Anne Cox. "These skills transfer to many areas of business."
Panelists include Jayme Cannon, '04, a vaccine formulation scientist at Novavax, where she develops vaccines that will be stored and manufactured in developing countries; Joe Heinzelmann, ‘04, a product manager market development manager for Neogen; and Chip Hurley, real estate officer and associate broker with Macatawa Bank .
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Gerstacker Institute,
Trustee Jeff Weedman, '75, Discusses International Business with E&M Class
Jeff Weedman, '75, a former vice president of global business development for Procter & Gamble who has been tapped to serve as a P&G CEO on Loan to launch a regional innovation incubator called Cintrifuse, talked to a recent economics and management class about how corporations have the ability to be a global force for good.
A member of Albion's Board of Trustees and the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management's advisory board, Weedman told students in Vicki Baker's international management class that consumers reward companies whose goals, according to former P&G chairman and American venture capitalist Howard Morgan, are to constantly improve society.