Jack Aronson, Garden Fresh Founder to Open Leadership Oakland’s Breakfast of Champion Series

Hear what’s next from this local businessman who sold his Ferndale business to Campbell’s Soup for $231 million dollars

Recently named one of Crain’s Newsmakers of 2015, Jack Aronson will share his story during the opening of Leadership Oakland’s Breakfast of Champions on February 3 at the Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan. Aronson will share his coming moves to help other food entrepreneurs in the local area. “We’re trying to be a part of the food entrepreneur spirit here in Michigan…to give (food startups) an opportunity to manufacture their products and find out if they are viable before they go out and buy the farm,” Aronson said in his Crain’s feature.

The three part breakfast series has a solid reputation for good content and engaging speakers, excellent networking, and a tasty breakfast. This year the series has three fantastic sessions designed to inspire, motivate and inform attendees with leadership tips from top area experts. The breakfasts are open to the public. Registration can be done individually for each breakfast or receive a discount by registering for the series. The BOC series will all be held at the Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098.

“Professional Leadership – The Jack Aronson Story”
Founder, Garden Fresh
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7:30am – 9am

Jack’s story is the classic tale of the local boy that makes good. Really good. Once the Ferndale restaurateur was struggling to make ends meet. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And get creative. His story starts with a five gallon bucket of salsa and ends with a bucket full of success including a sale to Campbell to the tune of $231 million! Always a believer in the importance of giving back, Jack is now writing a new chapter in his life story. (Salsa and chips included!)

The cost is $32 for LO alumni association members and $36 for non-members and guests and includes a complete breakfast. Register for all three events and save: $90 LO alumni members and $100 non-members. Pre-registration required. To register, contact Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880 or register online at: https://www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions/

Other breakfasts in the series include:

February 24, 2016, 7:30am – 9am
“Personal Leadership – Young Professionals Panel”

Back for the third year, we will feature a panel of young professionals who are bringing fresh perspectives to leadership. How does leadership define them? How do they define success? What does it take to be a successful young leader and professional in the region? What is the personal leadership story that has propelled them forward? We will be joined by Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 for this event. After the panel presentation, the conversation will continue with facilitated table discussions (9am-10:30am)
Jennifer Korman, LOXIX (moderator) – Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Ryan Bladzik, LOXXIII – Village of Holly
Kim Martin, LOXXIII – Henry Ford Health System
Treger Strasberg, LOXXVI – Humble Design

April 27, 2016, 7:30am – 9am
“Public Leadership – Fighting for Justice”

Barbara McQuade was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2010. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of our communities. Significant cases include the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on public corruption charges, the conviction and life sentence of an Al-Qaeda operative for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009, the conviction of a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice on bank fraud charges, and the conviction of Dr. Farid Fata, who over treated and lied to hundreds of patients about having cancer so that he could bill Medicare for expensive chemotherapy treatments.
Barbara will share some of the highlights of her time in this role and encourage all of us to be strong, ethical community and business leaders.

The Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series is Sponsored by: HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Corp!, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Garden Fresh, LLC.