Thursday, April 29, 2021,
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Nancy Pak, CEO of Tate’s Bake Shop, part of Mondelēz International.
Responsible for all aspects of Tate’s business (sales, marketing, finance, customer service & logistics, manufacturing and HR), Pak has extensive marketing and management experience spanning global consumer brands and geographies. With undergraduate and MBA degrees from Columbia, and an Executive Certificate in Global Leadership from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, she joined Tate’s in 2020 and has expanded distribution and brand awareness. Prior to Tate’s, Pak spent 20 years at Colgate-Palmolive in various marketing leadership positions and was VP/General Manager of Tom’s of Maine, where she oversaw significant revenue and share growth, new distribution, expansion and new product innovations. Known for team building and developing/mentoring new leaders, she also founded a nonprofit educational organization, Mind Matters. In her free time, she serves on local boards and advances philanthropic community initiatives. She grew up in NY, the daughter of Korean immigrants, and she attributes much of her success to her family’s values and work ethic. Currently dividing time between her home in Portland, Maine (where she lives with her husband and their two children) and the Tate’s Bake Shop HQ on Long Island, she enjoys beach walks, travelling, spending time at the lake, singing karaoke – and she misses her punk-inspired college hairstyles.
David Burke, Celebrity chef
A leading pioneer in modern American cooking, New Jersey-born Burke, is a culinary rock star, recognized internationally for his revolutionary techniques, exceptional skills, successful restaurant empire and TV appearances. At 26, Burke’s became executive chef at NYC’s legendary River Café. There, he became the first American ever to win the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur, cementing his reputation as a leading international chef. Other international awards include, among others, Japan’s Nippon Award for Excellence, the Robert Mondavi Award of Excellence, a James Beard Award, and guest appearances on TV’s Top Chef. The pandemic’s lockdowns sparked his creative genius, launching Burke’s hilarious and informative video cooking demos with “Lefto”, a puppet with an uncanny resemblance to Burke. He also started a virtual online cooking demo program, “CookinDB,” now used as employee incentive programs by Fortune 500 companies. And, while 30% of restaurants closed nationwide, Burke opened four new restaurants including his masterpiece, Orchard Park by David Burke, his first-ever complete buildout project. His1776 by David Burke featuring Topgolf Swing Suite will open in Morristown this summer. Author of two cookbooks, Burke is also a philanthropist, establishing #FeedtheHeroes, a program that donated 100,000 meals to frontline workers and charities.
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