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Hlavacek named IFT Associate Publisher & Director of Publications
Roy G. Hlavacek joined the IFT staff in late May as Associate Publisher of Food Technology and Director of Publications. As Associate Publisher, he will oversee the editorial mission as well as the business and design operations of the publication. In his role as Director of Publications, he will supervise IFT’s Web site (www.ift.org), and its online World Food Net (www.worldfoodnet.org), the largest virtual community and trade show for the food industry, a joint venture with the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers. He will also oversee the online magazine World of Food Science (www.worldfoodscience.org), an Internet communications project of IFT and the International Union of Food Science and Technology. In addition, he will provide guidance to IFT’s other publications, including the Journal of Food Science.
With more than three decades of food processing industry experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, as well as a number of editorial, supplier, and ad agency contacts.
Hlavacek most recently directed the overall print publication and Web sales, editorial, and publishing initatives of Prepared Foods. He was also responsible for the annual New Products Conference, NutraSolutions quarterly supplement section, print and on-line Wellness directories, electronic e-News Weekly, custom publishing, and magazine Web pages.
Prior to working with Prepared Foods, he was Publisher/Editor of Food Processing. During his tenure there, he initiated the Foods of Tomorrow supplement, the annual Top 100 Food Companies Report, the Food Processing Guide & Directory, and the computerized handling of editorial materials.
A 30-year member of IFT, Hlavacek has served as Chair of the IFT Chicago Section and its Suppliers’ Night. In addition to his involvement in IFT, he has served on the University of Illinois Food Science Department Advisory Committee and was Director of the Food Processing Machinery and Suppliers Association.
He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Syers is new IFT Foundation Director
Tekla A. Syers joined the IFT staff in early June as the IFT Foundation’s new Director of Development.
She will work with IFT’s constituents to advance the science and technology of food by building the foundation’s endowment fund, generating revenue for current programs, and establishing a donor-recognition program.
Syers has more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and more than 10 years of intensive fund-raising and public relations experience. She was most recently Chief Development Officer for Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, which provides health care, child welfare, counseling, education, and youth development programs in seven counties in northeastern Illinois. Prior to joining Aunt Martha’s, she worked for the Girl Scouts in a number of roles, including Manager of Development and Communications.
In addition to her undergraduate work in sociology at the University of Illinois, Syers has also received training from the Illinois CPA Foundation, University of Chicago, Association of Fund-raising Professionals, Indiana University School of Philanthropy, and a number of other professional organizations and local agencies.
Klaenhammer elected to National Academy of Sciences
Todd R. Klaenhammer has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The academy elected 72 new members and 15 foreign associates from 10 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to membership is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.
Klaenhammer is in the Dept. of Food Science at North Carolina State University. An active member of IFT, he has received the Samuel Cate Prescott and the Research and Development awards and is an IFT Fellow.
by SARA LANGEN