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Retail Confectioners International Inducts New Board Members

Thursday, June 28, 2018  
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – June 20, 2018 – Retail Confectioners International (RCI) inducted five new members to its board of directors during RCI’s Annual Convention & Industry Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.

Each June RCI inducts new board members and recognizes the years of service from members whose terms are expiring. RCI welcomed the following members to its 2018-2019 board of directors:

  • Louis Curlee, Blommer Chocolate Company, Chicago, Illinois
  •  Bruce Maguire, Whetstone Chocolates, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Greg Power, Hoffman’s Chocolates, Greenacres, Florida
  • Chris Romocean, Linnea’s Candy Supplies, Kent, Ohio
  •  Bob Untiedt, Graham’s Chocolates, Geneva, Illinois

Additionally, John Asher III of Asher’s Chocolates  in Souderton, Pennsylvania was inducted to serve as the 2018-2019 president of the board of directors and Jim Crudden of Rosalind Candy Castle, Inc. was inducted as the third vice president.

“It is truly an exciting time to be RCI’s president of the board of directors,” says Asher. “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.”

A complete list of RCI’s board of directors may be found on the RCI website under the About RCI tab. For additional information, including events and education courses hosted by the organization, please visit


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 over 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