Join us for an important gathering of food industry leaders from the Midwest. 

​Involvement in this campaign provides a number of very valuable benefits for these industry supporting organizations. A portion of the revenue generated through this initiative is a critical part of annual food industry sector funding and support. This allows Global Midwest Alliance to pursue and fund groundbreaking, innovative programs that will help support, expand and enhance the success and impact of companies throughout the Midwest, with a strong focus on the currently critical areas of innovation, sustainability and global growth.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 155 groups in 98 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the food, logistics, manufacturing, energy, water and clean technology industries.

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5:30 p.m.

General Reception
5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2024 | 5:30-9:00 P.M.
The 7th Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards gala will bring together leaders, suppliers and service providers from the many faces of the food industry for an evening of networking and to celebrate the impact, accomplishments and bright promise for the future of the food industry in the Midwest.

Whether you're an industry member, service provider or supplier to food companies, this promises to be a memorable evening of renewing friendships, making new connections for global business opportunities and celebrating our award winners.

2024 Leadership Award Honoree
Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards Co-Chairs 

Anthony Nasharr

Jeffrey Sanfilippo
John B. Sanfilippo & Son

All net proceeds from this non-profit initiative will support the important industry-focused non-profits and the innovative food industry support and development programs of Global Midwest Alliance. 
John B. Sanfilippo & Son | Griffith Foods Worldwide | Abbott Nutrition | 
Flying Food Group and The Sue Ling Gin Foundation Trust |
Institute for Food Safety & Health | Kerry,  Inc. and Beloit Meal on Wheels |
Tilia Holdings and Its Portfolio Companies
Susan Bond
Kerry, Inc.

Eric Larson
Tilia Holdings

Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards 2024 BMO Chair Team

Tom Ausborn
Managing Director

Manny Diaz
Managing Director

Betsy Erdelyi
Managing Director

Jake Johnson
Managing Director

Erica Kuhlmann
Market Executive & Group Head
Janine Sekulic
Managing Director

Jennifer Wendrow
Managing Director
Since its founding in 1882, BMO Commercial Bank has served the growth of the entire food continuum, including food and beverage manufacturers, commodity suppliers and processors, and distributors across the chain. The BMO Food, Consumer and Agribusiness team understands how each element of the sector is interconnected, as well as the many factors that can impact businesses like commodity price fluctuations and changing consumer tastes. This dedicated team of tenured food bankers partner with clients to understand their vision and provide the strategic advice and solutions to help achieve their goals. As a full-service corporate bank, the BMO Food and Agribusiness Group offers a complete range of financing solutions, as well as tools and services that can be customized to fulfill unique needs.