Roy G. Hlavacek, former vice president of communications at IFT and a major force in shaping IFT’s communications efforts from 2001 to 2007, passed away on August 29.
Hlavacek joined IFT as associate publisher of Food Technology and director of publications, overseeing ift.org and World Food Net, the largest virtual community and trade show for the food industry. Later, as vice president of communications, he developed and implemented the IFT and Research Chefs Association collaboration, including the IFT/RCA Culinology demonstrations held at IFT’s annual event; a partnership with Wiley-Blackwell to publish the Journal of Food Science; the launch of the IFT Weekly e-newsletter; Nutra-ceuticals, Food, Medicine & Health, and Culinary Concepts columns; and IFT digital online sponsorships/advertising programs.
Prior to his roles at IFT, Hlavacek directed the overall print publication and digital sales, editorial, and publishing initiatives of Prepared Foods. Earlier in his career, he served as publisher and editor of Food Processing, where he launched the annual Top 100 Food Companies Report and the Food Processing Guide & Directory.
A member of IFT since 1965, Hlavacek served as chair of the Chicago Section, as a member of the University of Illinois Food Science Department Advisory Committee, as a judge in the Du Pont Awards Program, and as director of the Food Processing Machinery and Suppliers Association. He held a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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