Our management team makes sure that every aspect of the company is running smoothly so it can best serve you, our customer. Take a minute to learn about our team, and you’ll see why Calico excels at what we do.
Mark is honored to follow in the footsteps of his father by leading Calico Cottage. When he joined the company in 1974 after earning his MBA from Cornell University, Calico Cottage had just four employees and was struggling financially. Mark’s vision and leadership have turned the company around. During his 22 years as CEO, sales have tripled. He is a devoted husband, father and grandfather and holds a patent for the Whirzle frozen fudge drink. Peanut butter chocolate is his favorite flavor of fudge.
Larry is all about innovation and customer connection. He has expanded the number of fudge flavors to more than 200 and developed sucrose free fudge for diabetics. Larry is great at creating tasty add-in ingredients, and he developed our program to bring fudge to fairs and festivals. He joined Calico Cottage in 1977, after he received his master’s from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is always happy to share his favorite flavor of fudge, banana nut, with his wife, son and two stepdaughters.
David has a knack for understanding customers’ needs and boosting sales. He joined Calico Cottage in 2010 after four years at Oneida Ltd., where he played a key role in reinvigorating its flatware brand. He brings more than 20 years of experience to Calico from his leadership positions at Kraft Foods Inc., Campbell Soup Company and General Mills Inc. David is more likely to talk about his two daughters than his MBA from Harvard. His favorite flavor of fudge is pumpkin pie.
Michael is Calico Cottage’s fearless numbers cruncher. After a decade as vice president of finance at Bellco Health, a pharmaceutical wholesaler, he joined Calico Cottage in 2009. He is a specialist in finance and tax matters, holds an MBA from Hofstra University and has more than 25 years of corporate experience. Michael is delighted to be working for a company that makes mouth-watering fudge. His favorite flavors are cookies and cream, anything with chocolate, and banana, which he describes as “phenomenal.”
What top-quality ingredients are to Calico’s fudge, Tom is to our day-to-day operations: absolutely essential. He oversees Calico’s fudge production, making sure everything that emerges from our factory is consistently of the highest quality, while also shepherding the Technology for Calico Cottage. Tom has more than 20 years of leadership experience with the U.S. Coast Guard, Astoria Bank, and Career Education Corporation. He has a master’s degree from New York University and will do anything for a slab of peanut butter chocolate fudge.
Ask Barbara what her job is at Calico, and her answer is simple: bring value to all Calico team members. She is our sole go-to person for everything human resources – from recruiting "the best of the best” to employee relations and development to providing world-class benefits and beyond. Prior to joining Calico in 1997, Barbara gained much of her professional and mentoring experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Dime Savings Bank and Coopers & Lybrand. Her husband, son and daughter will tell you that Barbara lives and breathes Calico – all while munching on Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Fudge.
Calico Cottage has a long history of hard work, perseverance, unwavering commitment to quality and an intense dedication to customers. More than anything else, the core foundation of this family-owned business has always been the deep-seated importance of conducting itself with honesty and integrity.
At Calico, our behind-the-scenes operations are as top notch as our fudge and customer service. Calico’s state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, as well as rigorous food quality and safety standards, ensure that the ingredients for every pound of fudge you sell are made with the same high production standards.
Your willingness to assist us at every turn has been your greatest asset.
– Judy Gravel, Penny’s Fudge Factory
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