2012

Anthony M. Rufrano

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Anthony M. Rufrano was born on February 3, 1955, in Niagara Falls, Canada, to Anthony and Lani, who also raised his sister, Karen. He graduated in 1973 from Niagara Falls High School in New York. Tony has been in the confectionery industry for 29 years. He joined Liggett Group, Inc. in 1978 as a Sales […]

Philip J. Shankman

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Philip J. Shankman says one of his earliest memories of the confectionery industry was while still in kindergarten when he drove around with his father who was making sales calls. He was born on July 23, 1960, in Evanston, IL, to Steve and Marybeth, who also raised his sister Jennifer. He says his most memorable […]

David E. Babiarz

David E. Babiarz was born on October 17, 1948, to Emil and Dolores, who also raised Julie. He married Barbara on November 11, 1973, and together they have three children: Barbara Jane, Jennifer and David Jr. David attended the University of Illinois before transferring to North Park College. He worked during the day and attended […]

Domingo Ghirardelli

Domingo Ghirardelli was born in Rapallo, Italy, in 1817 to Giuseppe Ghirardelli and Maddalena Ferretto, who also raised his sister Agnese. Early in his life, he began an apprenticeship at Romanengo‚Äôs chocolate shop, which was his first introduction to the confectionery industry. At 20 years old, he married Elisabetta and then moved to Uruguay where […]