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Food marketing group honors two professors

June 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University professors were honored during the University's 42nd annual Food Marketing Conference held on campus March 19 and 20.

Dr. Andrew A. Brogowicz, professor and chair of marketing, received the 2007 Adrian Trimpe Distinguished Service Award while Dr. Frank Gambino, professor of marketing, won an Outstanding Food Marketing Alumni Award.

The Food Marketing Conference is one of the best known events of its kind and annually draws more than 500 food industry executives to Kalamazoo. It's Trimpe Award is named for the founder of WMU's nationally recognized Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program. The honor recognizes impressive volunteer contributions to the program and the WMU as well as the recipients' professional accomplishments.

Brogowicz joined the University's faculty in 1979 and will be retiring June 30. He has chaired the Department of Marketing in the Haworth College of Business for the past 16 years, and directs the college's undergraduate business programs.

The veteran administrator focuses his teaching and research on new product development, marketing strategy and sales management. His grant projects have included conducting customer satisfaction research for the Defense Logistics Information Service, and his publication projects have included co-writing editions of "Basic Marketing" and "Essentials of Marketing."

Brogowicz is affiliated with the Planned Innovation Institute and serves on the board of advisors for Bioscience Marketing Partners and on the WMU Athletic Board. He has provided consulting services and conducted training seminars for organizations such as Consumers Energy, Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Fabri-Kal, First of America Bank, the Kalamazoo YWCA and Steelcase. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University.

Gambino, this year's Outstanding Food Marketing Alumni Award winner, received a bachelor's and a doctoral degree from WMU. He serves as director of the University's Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program. His teaching, research and consulting interests revolve around sales training, the management and marketing of the food distribution system, and category management and applications of business technology.

A 1999 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the WMU Alumni Association, Gambino came to WMU after working for 15 years in the food retailing industry, and he has remained active in this industry at both the national and regional levels.

Gambino serves on the Board of Directors for Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids and the Retail Site Development Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors for Wakefern Food Corp. in Elizabeth, N.J. His past service activities include membership in such national advisory groups as the National Grocers Association's National Skills Standards Coalition and the Food Marketing Institute's Educators Consortium.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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