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Letter from The President - Robert Burke

Emkay Food Brokers
2018 DDBC President

​I am humbly honored to serve as 2018 President of the Dairy Deli Bakery Council (DDBC) of Southern California. I was happy to see such a great turn out for our Election Night last November. Thanks to all who attended. It reminded me of my early years in the 1980’s and ’90’s attending meetings. The house was always packed with Retailers, Suppliers, Brokers, and Distributors; mingling, learning, sharing ideas, and networking for work opportunities when needed. It’s critical to our sustainability to continue to encourage new people entering our trade to get involved with the DDBC, as well as folks that have been around and who are just not attending many meetings. When I was starting out in our trade, the company I worked for really supported the Council, it was clear that their employees were going to support the DDBC and attend the meetings. They knew that it was beneficial to their company, the Council, and the development of skill sets for their young sales force. I’m thankful they realized the value of the DDBC of Southern California as it helped all of us grow. I challenge all of you to make more meetings in 2018, I assure you the rewards are ongoing. Continuing to build membership is one area that we will focus on. Another area of focus will be getting more retailers involved on the Board and encouraging them to come out to the meetings. We were fortunate in the past to have received a couple of large donations that helped fund our Scholarships. Our youth is the engine of the future and it’s really heartwarming to be able to help families educate their kids. If your company can help with a donation in 2018, please reach out to the DDBC office. 

This promises to be an exciting year for the Council as it celebrates the Golden Anniversary of our annual Seminar. Planning and hard work have been going on for more than a year to make this event special to honor the occasion. It is not often any industry group such as ours reaches the milestone of 50 years and everyone who has taken part over the past half-century is to be congratulated. Of course, there are many months before we gather in Rancho Mirage at the Ritz Carlton to celebrate the occasion. Our monthly meetings keep us in touch with our industry and those involved with it on a regular basis. They remain the backbone of the Council. We’ll have some fun at golf tournaments and with our Jean Dreshner Memorial Casino Night this summer and honor many of our constituents with regular awards such as the Big Cheese. By year’s end, the Past Presidents will determine who will be inducted into our Hall of Fame and which other outstanding members will be selected as the Retailer of the Year and the Supplier of the Year. I am looking forward to another outstanding year for our Council.
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2018 Board of Directors
L-R: Emily Aguilar, Sarah Ramirez, Della Frorenza, Maria Romero, Roger Arechiga, Robert Burke, David Sibell, Damian Valdez, Jim Veregge, Mary Crocker, Donna Harkema, Lulu Vargas, Dave MacDonald, Jaime Prager.
Missing from Photo: Nancy Tyler, Debbie Jones