Getting to Know Paul Cole April 2015

Paul Cole

Paul Cole has been volunteering with IFT since his undergraduate days at Washington State University, where all students were encouraged to join the Food Science Club. “We raised funds by selling flavored nacho cheese dip that we made in the WSU Creamery. It was a good time!” he recalls. “We also held raffles at the local Lewis & Clark IFT (LCIFT) Section meetings that we attended.” During his time as a graduate student at University of California, Davis, Cole was active in the UC Davis Food Tech Club, then became an active member of the Northern California and Puget Sound (PSIFT) IFT Sections after graduation.

Since then, Cole has held a range of volunteer positions within IFT. He is the immediate past chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee, and he has also served as Western Regional Meeting chair, Western Regional counselor, PSIFT chair, PSIFT member at large, PSIFT and LCIFT Golf Committee chair, on the PSIFT Scholarship Committee, and as PSIFT listserve manager and webmaster.
Cole, an account executive for Bell Flavors & Fragrances, believes that his volunteer experience has directly contributed to his professional success. “As a salesperson, networking and building relationships are essential for success,” he says. “My active participation in IFT has been a great way to meet fellow food scientists in my area.”

He encourages other members to follow his lead and find a way to contribute to IFT. “Do it. Show up to a local meeting and ask someone on the executive committee about volunteering opportunities,” he advises. “They will be thrilled.”

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