Class of 1996
Born on June 10, 1936, in New York City, Joel attended Eastern District High School, and graduated from C.C.N.Y. with a degree in business administration. He served as an Army Sergeant in New Jersey and Germany. He married Lola in 1961 and the couple raised one son.
Joel’s more than 30-year career in the candy industry started in 1965 when he joined Paul Spitz Co. Inc. He purchased the company in 1975, and in 1978 formed Wilkinson-Spitz Ltd. where he served as president at the time of his induction.
At his induction, he said considered his work in helping introduce licorice allsorts into the U.S. market as his greatest career achievement. He was also honored by the industry in 1986, being named a National Candy Wholesaler Association Diplomat.
Joel passed away February 28, 2012.