Class of 2019
Born on May 23, 1963, in Barking, Essex in England, Graham Nice loves the people, the products and the happiness that make up the confectionery industry.
Studying chemical engineering at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, his first job in the category came in 1985 as an Inside Sales Representative for chocolate and candy machinery for APV Baker.
He fell in love with the industry when he was sent to attend a short course on chocolate and confectionery. Seeing how such wonderful treats could be produced from such simple ingredients was a revelation to him, and he’s been hooked ever since.
Three years later, he found himself in America as the company promoted him to U.S. Sales Engineer for Chocolate and Confectionery machinery manufactured domestically and in the U.K.
In 1997, he joined SIG Pack as Director of Sales and Packaging Equipment. He was part of the group that defined the market for a new reclosable packaging product launch that was first sold to NECCO.
After stints at Carle and Montanari, Sollich North America, Bosch and Cavanna USA, Graham is currently Regional Sales Manager for the Campbell Wrapper Corporation.
His customers will tell you that he always tells the truth, always trying to help as much as possible, even if it does not benefit him personally.
In addition to serving on the Kettle Committee, Graham’s industry involvement includes actively participating in PCMA, AACT and RCI. He is currently a Candy & Snack TODAY editorial board member, NCA Advisory Board member, Chairman of NCA’s Supplier Advisory Committee and a newly elected Board of Trustees member, which he claims as one of his greatest career accomplishments.
His involvement in industry activities stems from his desire to make a difference and further the goals of the category. He views it as vital for candy professionals to get involved so the whole sector can elevate together.
Graham and his wife, Shannon, have a son together, Sean. In addition to Sean, he has a daughter, Roxanne, and a step-son, Cameron.
Outside of the industry, Graham loves spending time with his family, traveling, playing guitar and watching sports. He is actively involved in the North Carolina Autism Society, Museum of Life & Science, North Carolina Museum of Art, WUNC Radio, YMCA Durham and the Durham Rescue Mission.
Graham says being inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame means everything to him, adding, “It’s a huge recognition. I am very humbled and honored. It’s the first and only award that I have ever received, and will likely ever have bestowed upon me.”