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RCI Inducts New Board Members at Annual Convention

Thursday, June 29, 2017  
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The 2017-2018 board of directors recently posed for a group photo during RCI's 100th Anniversary Gala in Chicagoland. Pictured from left to right: Joe Sofia, Angie Burlison, Steve Vande Walle, Virginia Whetstone Maguire, John Asher III, Jacques De Waele, Judy Hilliard McCarthy, Barry Bomboy, Jim Crudden, Chuck Castle, Anna Dolle Bushnell, Erika Dietsch Brokamp, Kate McAleer, Brian Pelletier, Julia Birnn Fields, Paul Wockenfuss, Jeffery Smith, Joe Reiser, Pam Hartley, Joe Crevino

SPRINGFIELD, MO – June 29, 2017 – Retail Confectioners International (RCI) inducted four new members to its board of directors during RCI’s Annual Convention & Industry Expo in Lombard, Illinois.

Each June RCI inducts new board members and recognizes the years of service from members whose terms are expiring. Joining the ranks of confectionery leaders throughout the association’s 100-year anniversary, RCI welcomed the following members to its 2017-2018 board of directors:

Erika Dietsch Brokamp, Dietsch Brothers, Findlay, Ohio
Anna Dolle Bushnell, Dolle’s Candyland, Inc., Ocean City, Maryland
Pam Hartley, Joy Lyn’s Candies, Paradise, California
Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co., Rockland, Maine

Additionally, Steve Vande Walle of Vande Walle's Candies in Appleton, Wisconsin was inducted to serve as the 2017-2018 president of the board of directors and Joe Reiser of Winans Fine Chocolates + Coffees was inducted as the third vice president.

“It is truly an exciting time to be RCI’s president of the board of directors,” says Vande Walle. “I look forward to welcoming the fresh ideas and perspectives of the new board members as we continue our mission of serving the needs of retail chocolate and candy makers.”

Click here to view a complete list of RCI’s board of directors.


Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager
417-883-2775 or 800-545-5381




Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the confectionery industry.  Based in Springfield, MO, RCI has represented the interests of confectionery manufacturing retailers and promoted public interest in these products for 100 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit