Join us for the Annual Food Marketing Hall of Honor, when Saint Joseph’s University will recognize extraordinary alumni for their demonstrated achievements and contributions to the food industry. This year's program will celebrate the 2020 and 2021 honorees.
The Saint Joseph’s University Food Marketing Program has proudly educated the best and the brightest in the industry since its inception in 1962.
HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
John Ponnett '15 MBA
John Ponnett was senior vice president of retail operations of GIANT Food Stores, an Ahold Delhaize USA company and leading grocery retailer with more than 180 neighborhood stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia that offer home delivery, online/mobile ordering with pick up, fuel centers, and pharmacies, until his retirement in 2020.
At GIANT, John led a best-in-class retail operations team of more than 30,000 associates who believe in bringing families together around the table to enjoy a meal and to celebrate what matters most. His areas of responsibility included sales, profitability, strategic store development, e-commerce growth, supply chain, productivity, direct sales distribution, accounting, and team training.
John’s career with GIANT began in 1987, progressing quickly to the role of Store Manager in Central Pennsylvania. He held various roles including Field Specialist, Market Manager, District Director, Director of Fresh Sales and Merchandising, Vice President of the Genuardi’s acquisition as well as Regional Vice President.
John also worked as Vice President of Asset Protection for the Ahold USA Support organization.
John earned his MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and received his Bachelor of Arts, Government/Political Science degree from Shippensburg University. John sits on the board of governors for the Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He also serves on the School Board of Directors for the Middletown Area School District in Middletown, Pa. as well as the board of directors for the American Red Cross in Harrisburg, Pa.
Tony Ferolie '84 B.S.
Tony Ferolie is the President & CEO of C.A. Ferolie (formerly ESM Ferolie), a fourth-generation, family owned and operated sales and marketing agency with a long history in the CPG industry. Ferolie leads a 600+ member team of food industry professionals providing omnichannel representation and services across the entire Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Tony is a member of the Academy of Food Marketing Board of Governors at his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.
C.A. Ferolie is a proud partner in the C.A. National sales and marketing solution for the CPG industry along with C.A. Fortune and C.A. Carlin. The C.A. agency is a full-service, privately-held consumer brands agency differentiated by its leading-edge platform for understanding consumer and shopper behaviors, omnichannel coverage, long-standing regional and national customer relationships, and unparalleled flexibility rooted in its debt-free financial status. www.caferolie.com
FOOD MARKETING RISING STARS
Erin (Breault) Hannon '02 B.S.
Erin (Breault) Hannon started at E&J Gallo Winery nearly 18 years ago, right out of Saint Joseph's University, as a sales representative in NH. Over the years, she has held several sales positions in numerous markets.
In 2008, Erin moved to NY and worked inside the wholesaler as the first woman manager in Upstate NY to manage the Gallo portfolio. She was then promoted to the state manager of Upstate NY where she helped manage $70M in revenue. In Erin’s last role, she managed the Winery’s on-premise business for MA, NY, CT and NH.
In 2018, Erin accepted the position as Director of Recruiting, US Sales. In this role, she sets the recruiting strategy for Sales at the Winery. Erin and her team of eight recruiters call on 60 campuses nationally and hold approximately 2,000 campus events each year looking for the best and brightest to join Gallo’s Leadership Development Program. Erin also oversees the summer internship program as well as the company mentor program.
She has received high accolades for making large diversity strides in the sales organization, but it is being able to come home to SJU that has made her most happy!
Erin grew up in Monmouth County, NJ and graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor's Degree in Food Marketing in 2002. She was the valedictorian of her class. She currently resides outside of Buffalo, NY with her husband, Brett, who owns and operates an excavating company-Hannon Site Development. Still, her biggest accomplishment is her role as mom to her three boys: Jack (9), Blake (7) and Tommy (2).
Norma Jean (DiCocco) Abbattista '13 B.S., '19 MBA
Norma Jean (DiCocco) Abbattista is a Director of Foodservice Marketing at J&J Snack Foods. She has been with the company for over seven years, where she has held several roles within the foodservice side of business. She now leads a team of three and manages the planning and execution of key business and marketing activities related to product development, innovation, packaging, customer promotion, advertising, and market research. Prior to J&J Snack Foods, Norma worked at The Hershey Company on the Merchandising Excellence team in Hershey, PA, as well as a Retail Sales Manager in the DC Metro Area.
Norma is proudly a “Double Hawk.” She received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Marketing in 2013 after completing the 5-Year Co-op Program. She then received her Food Marketing MBA in 2019. Currently residing in Havertown, PA, she and her husband, Michael (’13) are excited to welcome their first child in January 2022!
LOCATION, PARKING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Free parking will be available in the Upper Duperreault parking lot on the SJU Maguire Campus. Visit the SJU Campus Map for details.
Overnight accommodations are available at the Hilton City Avenue. Please use this link to receive the SJU rate.
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