The 47th CASBA Conference Dates and Location For 2016 Have Been Set!

We’re Going Home!

From February 14 – 17, 2016, come and join your friends and colleagues in the Cookie and Snack Baker’s Association at the 47th Annual CASBA Conference as we move this year’s convention back to a place that is very familiar to many of our members, The Cloister at Sea Island, GA!

In the coming months, you will receive more information about the reservation, registration, and conference schedule in the mail, but please continue to check back in at the CASBA website as we will be updating this information online as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about the 2016 conference, please contact William Bennett, CASBA President, at (770) 565-1942 or

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as many new ones in 2016!

Honoring Tom Lugar for 50 Years of Service

CASBA Honors Tom Lugar with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Lugar awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Pictured at the banquet was Tom’s wife, Sally Lugar, Senator Dick Lugar and a contingency of fellow colleagues from Reading Bakery Systems.


CASBA Inc. honors Tom Lugar for over 50 years of service to his company and the industry.

CASBA Secretary passes away, Son assumes same position

A beloved member of the CASBA family, Stuart Kriegermeier, passed away in October of 2014. Stuart’s ever positive presence, not only as a member of the CASBA organization, but as a truly good person will surely be missed by everyone. Below are several pictures of Mike Kriegermeier, Stuart’s son, accepting a plaque that was awarded to his late father. Mike was unanimously elected to assume his father’s position as the Secretary at CASBA, Inc.


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Former CASBA President to become CEO of Post

Rich Koulouris to become CEO of Post Cereals


It is with great pleasure that we announce that former CASBA president and Ralcorp executive has been called out of retirement to become CEO of Post Cereals.

Congratulations to Rich Koulouris!

New Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

CASBA is honored to announce the induction of Kermit Murphy into the Baking Hall of Fame by the American Society of Baking on March 1, 2015, during a special ceremony at Baking Tech 2015, in Chicago.  Along with Kermit, his brother, Pete Murphy will also be inducted.

The Murphy brothers founded Mother Murphy’s Laboratories in Greensboro, NC in 1946.

Kermit, along with his two sons, Kit and David, were loyal members of CASBA for nearly fifty years.

CASBA Member Passes

CASBA is saddened to learn of the death of Stu Kriegermeier on October 18, 2014.

Stu served CASBA as Past President (2002-2003) and was our current Secretary.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

At the family’s request, CASBA will be making a generous donation to Shriners’ Hospitals.

For those interested in making a Memorial gift in remembrance of Stu Kriegermeier, please contact:

Shriners Children’s Hospital
2211 Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707

Craig S. Parrish
Executive Director

New email address

Please update your contact information for CASBA: the new dedicated email address is

Attention Saddlebrook attendees

We’d love to share your photos of the event and all the excitement! Please contact us if you have any photos you would like us to see.

President’s Corner – Kevin Boyle

Dear CASBA Members,

I am honored to be once again serving as your CASBA chairman for our 2015 conference.  After much due-diligence, we will be at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, FL on February 15 through 17, 2015.

The 45th conference this past February at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa was a great success filled with warm weather, lots of golf, good company and interesting speakers.  We learned all about commodity markets from Matt Beeson of Beeson & Associates.  We heard from Saddlebrook’s founder, T.D. Dempsey, about family business and estate planning.  Dr. Nick Hall concluded with “Wining the Stress Challenge with Knife and Fork.”  Our Tuesday night banquet was topped off with Craig Parrish auctioning a tie presented to him from Kermit Murphy 25 years ago.  Bud Cason topped the bidding at $2,500 for the Kit Murphy Scholarship fund. Thank you, gentlemen!  The Murphy family (Kermit, Kit and David) were honored with a lifetime achievement award for the years of service and support of CASBA.


Kevin M. Boyle

Please welcome William H. Bennett as President-elect

At our 45th Annual Convention at SADDLEBROOK, William H. Bennett, President of PlusPoint Group, LLC, was elected Vice-President; Pres.-Elect for 2016-17!

William is a veteran, loyal member and officer of CASBA, Inc. and will be an amazing CASBA President when he takes the reins from Kevin Boyle in 2016.

Also, please note, there was a serious omission to our printed program. CASBA regrets this error and wishes to thank Ronnie Smith of Compass Industrial Group for their support over many years.