Brett A. Eisman

Brett A. Eisman

Brett was born October 9, 1952 in Philadelphia, attended Lower Merion High School and received his B.S. in Food Management at Penn State. From 1974 to 1976, Brett was manager and sales manager at the Valley Forge Hilton restaurant. A former vice-president and president of the Confectionery Salesman’s Club of Philadelphia, Candy Ambassador to the […]

Robert F. Buehler

Bob was born October 5, 1941 in Stamford, CT. His parents Fred and Helen had two children, Gary and Bob.  When Bob was about seven years old, they moved to California. He attended Montebello High School, where he played sports and enjoyed working on cars. In July 1960, after his high school graduation, he enlisted […]

Lloyd R. Bryant

A more than 27-year candy industry veteran, Lloyd was born June 27, 1946 in Gastonia, NC. He attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA, and graduated from California State University in Northridge. He married Cheryl in 1969 raised three daughters. Lloyd worked in the candy industry for nearly 35 years. He worked for American […]

James E. Tucker

Jim was born July 13, 1949, in Bryn Mawr, PA. He attended Holy Name High School and Merrimack College where he received his BA. He married Sandee in 1971, and the couple raised two children, Bryn and Ross. Jim worked at Luden’s from 1972 to 1974 in a position he described as sales gopher, and […]

Wayne W. Wilkes

Wayne was born November 9, 1912, in Beebe, AR. His father died when Wayne was 11 and Wayne assumed the leadership role in his family. He served in the US Army, Old Hickory Division, in France, Holland and Germany. He married Anna Lee in 1937 and they raised three children; Judy, Gary and David. Prior […]

Valeria E. Stansfield

Valeria E. Stansfield

Born September 16, 1952, in Lancaster, KY, Val attended Tates Creek High School in Lexington and the University of Kentucky. She married Michael James in September 1978. With more than 20 years in the industry, Val spent the 11 years prior to her induction as senior buyer for Revco Drug Stores. She began her career […]

Jack Zachary

Jack Zachary

Born in Chicago on September 15, 1937, Jack attended St. George High School and the University of Michigan where he received a degree in Business Administration. In 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Charlene, and they raised six children, Jack III, Janet, Kathleen, Karen, Susan and Patrick. President of Zachary Confections, Inc. at the […]

John Staley

John Staley was born January 17, 1925, in Troy, NC, where he attended Troy High School. During WWII he served in Europe, advancing from Normandy to Berlin. He married Ruth in 1943, and they raised one son, John, Jr. John spent 48 years in the industry prior to his induction, 32 of those with Curtiss […]

Bobby J. Smith

Bobby Smith was born in Ellisville, AR, on September, 16 1942. After graduating from Marelvale High School, he served in the Navy. He married Ann Smith in 1961, and the couple raised two daughters, Tammy Lynn and Lou Ann. Bobby was in the candy industry for 25 years prior to his induction. He spent his […]

Stephen D. Shankman

Steve was born June 4, 1939, in Chicago. He attended Highland Park High School and Northwestern University. In December 1959 he married Mary Beth, and they raised two children, Philip and Jennifer. He began his career in 1962 as a salesman for Albert Bagel & Associates. In 1964 he joined Leaf Confectionery as a salesman […]