Congratulations to the 2018 Marie Kelso Award Recipient

Carly Meck

Carly Meck, Blommer Chocolate Company

Carly’s award-winning presentation, Mysteries of Conching Revealed was given at the 2018 production conference. Find her presentation and paper in our conference materials database.

Carly Meck graduated from Delaware Valley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in food science and earned an MBA in food and agribusiness there as well. She began working at Blommer Chocolate Company in East Greenville, PA in 2010 as a summer intern in R&D. She was hired as an R&D technologist and has now grown to the role of senior R&D scientist – product development. In this role, she develops new chocolate formulas, creates process improvements, provides internal and external training and executes various technical studies.

Carly has been volunteering with PMCA since 2012, when she began as a student mentor after attending the conference under the Student Outreach Program. She has served on several committees including Student Outreach Program, Social Media Sub-Committee and Production Conference – Connect the Future. In 2017, she began the role of Student Outreach Program Committee Chair, and in 2018, she was invited to sit on the board of directors.

About the Award

All PMCA Production Conference presenters are eligible for the Marie Kelso Memorial Award. It includes a $1,000.00 cash award, a distinctive timepiece, a complimentary registration to the next year’s conference and the speaker’s name on a memorial plaque.

The PMCA Board of Directors established the Marie Kelso Award in 1997. It is given each year to the author of the paper presented at the previous year’s annual production conference that most significantly contributes to industry knowledge, thus honoring the memory of Marie Kelso and her faithful dedication and unwavering belief in the value of the production conference for the industry.

About Marie Kelso

Marie Kelso

Marie Kelso served as secretary to the Production Conference Committee for 38 years, and her name became synonymous with the event itself. In her youth, she was secretary to Hans Dresel, a salesman for Felton Chemical Company in Philadelphia, PA. As her boss worked tirelessly to organize and promote the PMCA Annual Production Conference, as well as AACT events, she organized and managed tirelessly as well.

After Marie left her job at Felton Chemical, the production conference became her life’s work. She was also active for many years in the Philadelphia Section of AACT.

Marie Kelso passed away in September 1995.

Recent Past Award Recipients

All speaker papers can be found in our online conference materials database.

Jeffrey Bogusz

Jeffrey Bogusz, Ferrara Candy Company

Mr. Bogusz presented Panning Equipment – Classic, Belt, Automated and Future State of the Art as part of the Basics & Beyond Seminar Monday April 3, 2017 during the 71st Annual Production Conference.

John Ashby

John Ashby, Ferrara Candy Company

Mr. Ashby presented Beyond Corn Syrup as part of the Basics & Beyond Seminar Monday April 11, 2016 during the 70th Annual Production Conference.

Mark Kline

Mark Kline, The Hershey Company

Mr. Kline presented Natural Pasteurization of Tree Nuts & Peanuts Wednesday, April 15, 2015 during the 69th Annual Production Conference.

Kerry Kaylegian

Kerry Kaylegian, The Pennsylvania State University

Ms. Kaylegian presented Milk-Derived Ingredients for Confections as part of the Basics & Beyond Seminar Monday, April 14, 2014 during the 68th Annual Production Conference.

More Past Award Recipients

Joseph Bell, Joseph Bell Consulting

Jordana Swank, The Hershey Company

Abdoulaye Traore, Mars Chocolate

Kurt Muentener, Keymount GmbH

Tracey Duffey, World Cocoa Foundation

Richard Hartel, University of Wisconsin – Madison (awarded twice)

Cindy Cosmos, Bell Flavors & Fragrances

Joe Smillie, Quality Assurance International, (QAI)

Jeffrey Fine, AAK USA

Greg Ziegler, The Pennsylvania State University

Bill Dyer, Blommer Chocolate Company

Nicole Staniec, Firmenich

Harold H. Schmitz, Ph.D, Mars Snackfood

Marlene B. Stauffer, Blommer Chocolate Company

Susan L. Hefle, Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Edward S. Seguine, Mars Snackfood