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Cedric R. Tollemache
  Alan W. Tollemache
  Robert Bagwell
  Ed Buchner
  Thomas Cook
  John "Jack" Creamer
  Rusty Hendrix
  Len Joy
  Ronald M. Lipari *
  Ralph Peluso
  Harvey Stein
  Victoria Tollemache
  Claude West
  Roland White

Thomas Cook  

Thomas Cook is an innovator, a food safety pioneer with GLOBAL VISION and has developed a hat full of winning marketing concepts of highly profitable value-added food products.   With 40 years experience in the Food Industry, Brands such as Ball Park Franks, McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, Arby’s Beef for roasting and Sysco’s Fryon are products that Tom was instrumental in creating, developing and marketing.

At Michigan State University before graduating with a B A in Business/ Marketing, Cook was instrumental in creating a Competitive Business Game for the MSU Business School, at that time a first for major Business Schools.  Eighteen other Universities participated and it became an annual event.

Cook has been a member of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) since 1969 and he has been an active participant on all of its committees.  He is a founding member of IFMA-COEX that deals with foodservice chain issues.  He was on the Editorial Board of Directors of Foodservice Distribution Magazine( ID) for 8 consecutive years.

At Cargill Turkey as the National Account Director he developed and implemented a plan executed through 24 sales manager targeting 160 global / national / regional chains that resulted in 5 new major accounts.  He led the commitment and he developed the procedures that increased profitably for the Turkey division.

At Cargill Turkey as National Foodservice Manager he created the strategy and business plan that enabled Cargill to justify the Plantation Foods acquisition and enabled them to grow from number four-market share to number two in five years.  He also led an aggressive food safety commitment for the Turkey division.

He started Thomas Cook Foodservice Brokerage Company and built it into an $ 18 million sales business in 10 years. They were awarded many “Broker of the Year” sales awards by the manufacturers that they represented such as Advance Foods, Bil-Mar Foods, FDL, Excel, Rich Sea-Pak and Unilever.

He accepted an offer from Sysco Corporation to join them in Houston, Texas and to be on their Executive Management Development Program, a fast track program that created “C” officers for Sysco.  During his two years he had key management assignments in merchandising/purchasing, sales management and marketing.

In 1969, Cook joined the Peter Eckrich & Sons meat processing company, an independent family controlled business selling to the Food Service market.  At that time, Peter Eckrich & Sons was a regional highly successful and profitable company in retail only, competing against Oscar Mayer.

At Eckrich Foodservice, he worked with McDonald’s and developed the original Egg McMuffin meat for the very popular McDonalds Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.  This product is still selling well after thirty years.  Beatrice Foods acquired them in the early 1970’s.  At that time they were their sole national supplier for the Egg McMuffin meat product and 100% of the hamburger business in northern Illinois including Chicago.

For Arby’s, they created a beef for roasting product for them that allowed them the opportunity to grow from 69 restaurants to over 3400+.  At Denny’s, they provided a roast beef product and at Marriott they provided roast beef and prime rib products.  Also, they developed a very sound foodservice street business with our sixty-five food service brokers.  He led the American Meat Institute Task Force supported by the National Restaurant Association and approved by the USDA that led to current standards for Food Safety in commercially prepared beef being established.

In earlier years at General Electric, he was hired as a marketing research analyst where he managed consumer studies and competitive intelligence and at Hygrade’s Foods, he was Product Manager for the very popular and profitable original Ball Park Franks.

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