January 24, 2020
Corporate Finance Associates Worldwide
“Your Competitors Have More Capital Than You...”
As a Merger & Acquisitions Professional with 20+ years leadership experience in Manufacturing/Distribution Organizations, Andrew brings a broad level of business experience to Corporate Finance Associates.
After beginning his career with a Tier I automotive supplier, he then spent a decade as COO and co-owner of his family’s business, a manufacturer of commercial lighting. He then led business development for a Tier I Contract Furniture supplier, and in 2009 partnered with friends to launch and build a Senior Services franchise business, which they exited in 2014.
Andrew has been fortunate to assist some great entrepreneurs in realizing successful transactions in the years since. He serves businesses across the state of Indiana and lower Michigan.
As a former family business co-owner, Andrew’s clients appreciate the perspective that he brings to helping them execute their unique business succession goals.
January 24, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Kalamazoo Country Club
1609 Whites Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door
Sponsor a table for 8 for $350.00
Cost includes breakfast
March 20, 2020
President & CEO
Gordon Food Service
Rich Wolowski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Food Service, a multi-billion dollar, privately held family managed food service distribution company with operations in the U.S. and Canada. Rich also holds a seat on the Gordon Food Service Board of Directors.
Rich has been with Gordon Food Service since 2004. In that time, he has held key positions within the company including Director of Program Sales, General Manager of the Central States Division, Senior Manager of U.S. National Accounts Sales/Distribution, North America eBusiness, and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his tenure at Gordon Food Service, he held a senior leadership position at US Foodservice. Rich was also instrumental in the launch and leadership of Amphire Solutions and Instill, both internet-based start-ups within the food service industry.
Rich is a champion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and social justice. He's brought those passions together in multiple initiatives that will boldly shape the future of our business, our industry, and the communities we serve. As a mentor for The Food Foundry, a startup accelerator based in Chicago, he's helping inventors and founders bring transformative, problem-solving ideas to market. Rich also advocated for the establishment and launch of Relish Works, an innovation hub focused on pioneering breakthrough solutions that will advance the growth and evolution of the food industry. Rich's passion for innovation is also evident in the company's support for communities, including a sponsoring partnership with Kimbal Musk’s “Big Green” initiative to bring healthy food and learning gardens to 100 Detroit public schools. He was also instrumental in forging a partnership with Thrive Farmers, an organization dedicated to fair trade for vulnerable small coffee farmers in developing economies. Most recently, Rich facilitated a unique partnership between Gordon Food Service and Square Roots, a revolutionary indoor farming operation that utilizes advanced technology to bring customers fresh, local greens anywhere at any season. Rich also serves as a Board Member of the International Foodservice Distributors Association, for produce cooperative Markon, and has served numerous other industry and philanthropic organizations in his career.
Rich resides in western Michigan with his wife of 25 years and their three children.
March 20, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(Registration begins at 7:00, breakfast is served at 7:30)
University Club of Grand Rapids
111 Lyon St NW, #1025
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cost: $60.00 prepaid, $65.00 at the door
Sponsor a table for 8 for $400.00
Cost includes breakfast
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