2004

John J. Morrissey

John J. Morrissey

Born in Lowell, MA, in 1938, John attended high school in Chelmsford, MA, while working as a bagboy at Purity Supreme Supermarkets. After graduation, he served in the Navy for two years as a fire control technician aboard destroyers in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Upon his discharge in 1958, he returned to Purity […]

Ernie May

Ernie May

Ernie was born in 1940, in Hot Springs, VA. He graduated from Virginia’s Bridgewater College with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education, and later obtained his Masters degree from West Virginia University. In 1963, he married and began teaching and coaching at Bath County Public Schools and in 1967 became a baseball coach […]

Frank C. Mars

Frank C. Mars

Frank was born in Pennsylvania in 1883. Stricken with polio at an early age, he spent his childhood learning candy recipes in his mother’s kitchen. In 1902 Frank took over a wholesale candy firm in Minneapolis, selling to small shopkeepers in and around the Twin Cities. That same year he married Ethel Kissack and the […]

Adele Ryan Malley

Adele Ryan Malley

In 1937, Adele was born in Cleveland. She obtained her associate of arts degree from St. Immaculata in Washington, DC. In 1959 she married William M. Malley, of Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland, and chose to make chocolate part of her life’s work, assisting Bill in developing the family-owned chain of chocolate shops and ice cream […]

Jim McGovern

Jim McGovern

Jim was born in Chicago in 1946 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois. During the Vietnam War, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army First Infantry Division and headquarters finance division. Upon his discharge, he joined the Chicago division of National Tea Co. as quality control chemist. […]

Richard C. LeBlanc

Richard C. LeBlanc

Rick was born in 1950 in Medford, OR. He attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an engineer explosives expert. Rick and his wife Sheryl, whom he married in 1971, have two children, Richard and Kara. Right out of college, Rick began selling candy […]

Frank Friedwald

Frank Friedwald

A Brooklyn native, Frank was born in 1940. He graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and in 1962 joined American Chocolate Mould Co., Inc., a company formed by his grandfather in 1912. He married Nancy in 1964 and the couple has a daughter and son, Julie and Eric, […]

Harry Chaffee

Harry Chaffee

Harry was born in 1945, in Lytham, England, and made his way to the U.S. with his mother aboard the Queen Mary when he was 10 months old. The family settled in Spokane, WA, where Harry’s father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. He attended the University of Portland where he earned a bachelor […]

Haroldo A. Antunes

Haroldo A. Antunes

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1928, Haroldo attended Escola de Comercio school. After one year of military service, he began work as a salesman at Laboratorio Raul Leite at age 17. He was promoted to accounts receivable manager and, in 1953, moved on to Grupo Andrade Gutierrez where he served as a board assistant […]

William Wrigley Jr.

William Wrigley Jr.

William was born in Philadelphia in 1862, the son of a soap manufacturer. He moved to Chicago at the age of 29 to sell soap for his father’s company. There, with just $32 in his pocket and a dream of running his own business, he used his skills as a salesman and entrepreneur and began […]