Buttermann Awarded CASBA Lifetime Achievement

At CASBA’s 48th Annual Convention at The Villas of Grand Cypress, Garry G. Buttermann III was awarded the CASBA Lifetime Achievement, upon his retirement from The Kit Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund, following twenty-five years as Committee Chairman.  The award was presented by the incoming KMMSF Committee Chairman, Rob Quigg, from Richmond Baking Company.


Garry was a bakery owner for many years and served as President of CASBA, Inc., in 1993.

On behalf of CASBA’s Board of Directors and The Executive Committee, Garry’s loyal and sterling service is greatly appreciated.

48th Annual CASBA Convention Update

Convention Program Brochure Now Available For Download!

If you want to get a jump on what’s in store and to make early plans, click on the link and download a copy of the 48th Annual CASBA Convention Program Itinerary.

Link: CASBA 48th Annual Convention Program Itinerary

Rooms have been booked, speakers are finishing their presentations, food is being prepared, golf clubs are being cleaned and travel plans are being finalized . . .

The 48th Annual CASBA Convention is on track and ready to roll!

The weather should be warm and the topics are hot . . . I hope to see you there February 19 – 21, 2017!



2017 CASBA Golf: Tournaments Information + Sign Up and Sponsorship Form

The 48th Annual CASBA Convention for 2017 Will Host Two Golf Outings at the Villas at Grand Cypress

The Kit Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the North South Course and a Captains Choice Scramble will be played on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the New Course.

Hole sponsorships are available for $150.00 for both days. Mulligans will be available for $10.00 each day (limited to one per golfer per day). The proceeds for the Kit Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament go to the Kit Murphy Scholarship Fund, which has helped numerous students and parents within our organization over the years.

Each golfer will be responsible for your greens and cart fees for each round.  A box lunch will be provided both days.

Please download the tournament sign up and sponsorship form below and return it with any payments to Tom Lugar, CASBA Treasurer, at the address listed on the form.

Monday, Feb. 20, Kit Murphy Memorial Tournament:  Tee Times Begin @ 12:00PM at the North South Course

Tuesday, Feb 21, CASBA Captain’s Choice Scramble:  Tee Times Begin @ 11:36AM on The New Course

Click here to download the sign up and sponsorship form: 2017 CASBA GOLF Sign Up & Sponsorship Form

CASBA Letter to Members: November 2016

Dear CASBA Member:

Autumn is in the air and the holiday season is now fully upon us!

The last few weeks have been very busy for me, as I am sure they have been for you. It is amazing to think that in about 3 months we will once again join together for the 48th Annual CASBA Convention at the Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL, February 19 – 21, 2017. The CASBA officers are busy making plans to make this year’s convention one of our best, yet. I certainly hope to see you there!

-> View Convention Webpage

After the incredible participation and fun at last year’s convention at the Cloister at Sea Island, I am very excited about this upcoming CASBA Convention at the Villas of Grand Cypress!

From the climate to the activities to visiting with old friends (and new!), the 48th Annual CASBA Convention should be the place to be February 19 – 21, 2017 . . . I hope you will join us there!

If you have any questions or ideas regarding the convention, please feel free to reach out to me, Craig Parrish, or any of the other officers or Executive Committee Members of CASBA. We want and need your input.

For the most updated information on the 48th Annual CASBA Convention, go to our convention webpage and check in often, as we will be adding updated information and details for the annual meeting on this page as they become available. Be sure to check your regular mail, as well, as we will continue mailing out CASBA information and forms through USPS.

Best regards,

William Bennett

CASBA President

[note: much of the letter has been edited out and added to the convention webpage. Download November 2016 Member Letter if you want to read it all]

Albert “Bud” Cason Selected For A.S.B Hall of Fame

CONGRATULATIONS to Albert “Bud” Cason for his selection to be inducted into the American Society of Baking’s Hall of Fame in 2017!

Bud is a co-founder and very active member of CASBA.  We salute you, Bud, for your many years in the bakery business and your service in CASBA and other industry organizations.  The Press Release from the American Society of Baker’s (A.S.B.) is as follows:

KANSAS CITY, MO., Nov. 4, 2016 — The American Society of Baking (A.S.B.) will induct four industry leaders into the Baking Hall of Fame on Feb. 27 with special ceremonies during BakingTech 2017 to be held in Chicago. They and their affiliated organizations are:

  • Albert L. (Bud) Cason, Bud’s Best Cookies, Birmingham, AL
  • Murray and Marvin Lender, Lender’s Bagel Bakery, New Haven, CT
  • Joseph (Joe) Schwebel, Schwebel’s Baking Co., Youngstown, OH

“This year, as in previous ones, the selection committee gathered an impressive list of nominees,” said John Del Campo, chair of the A.S.B. Baking Hall of Fame Evaluation Committee and general manager of Repco – Bakery Division, Salina, KS. “All were extraordinary candidates. It’s rewarding to know that so many outstanding individuals have served or continue to be active in our industry.”

Albert L. (Bud) Cason, founder and chairman of Bud’s Best Cookies, Birmingham, Ala., was one of the first cookie producers to recognize the potential of contract manufacturing. In the 1970s, he saw that large consumer products goods companies were moving out of manufacturing activities to concentrate their resources on marketing. He reinvigorated a modest bakery concern in the Southeast to serve that need. In the course of doing so, he practically invented the category of mini-cookie by being the first to master mass production of these bite-size treats, now found at convenience stores all around the country. Later, he added full-size cookies and, most recently, wafer products to the product line of his lively business. Mr. Cason is also very active in his community and church and generously supports their causes, charities and initiatives. He is a co-founder of the Cookie and Snack Cracker Bakers Association. He served on the board of the Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturer’s Association (B&CMA), and he is currently involved in the merger of B&CMA and the America Bakers Association (A.B.A.).

Murray and Marvin Lender, owners, Lender’s Bagel Bakery, New Haven, Conn., brothers and first-generation Americans, took a small family bakery to national standing. They paved the way for other bakers to add ethnic specialties to the broad diversity of products offered by the commercial baking industry. Bagels would never have become an American breakfast and sandwich staple without the Lenders. Murray was Mr. Outside and led the company to launch the frozen baked goods category. Marvin was Mr. Inside and ran the operations and finances. Both guided progress in bagel-making technology, and their engineers invented much of it themselves. They were pivotal in leading the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association for many years. After selling the business, Marvin went on to become a national figure as president of the United Jewish Appeal, and he continues his charity work with a focus on international projects. Murray concentrated his efforts on charities in his hometown of New Haven, CT, enriching the lives of those residents until his death in 2012. Lenders Bagel Bakery is now part of Pinnacle Foods.

Joseph (Joe) Schwebel, president, Schwebel’s Baking Co., Youngstown, Ohio, was schooled in baking from the day he was born and led his family’s bakery for more than 25 years. A graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Schwebel combined his education in business management techniques with baking’s daily disciplines by riding bread routes and working directly with customers and shoppers. A shrewd and competitive businessman, he turned Schwebel’s into the regional power it is today and served his community and industry to their betterment. He believed in action-based solutions, and many of these became industry-accepted courses of action. For example, when the low-carb craze nearly broke the back of the commercial baking industry, he helped establish and fund the Grain Foods Foundation in 2004. Mr. Schwebel served on the boards of A.B.A., Quality Bakers of America and AIB International. He had high faith in people, strongly supporting A.S.B. and mentoring many on his staff to serve as speakers and officers of the society and leaders in the industry. His grandmother Dora Schwebel, the company’s founder, was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. Schwebel passed away in 2012.

“The lives and careers of these individuals provide wonderful examples of excellence and leadership,” Mr. Del Campo said. “They represent the best qualities of compassion, forward thinking and personal judgment. The committee feels honored to have looked at their accomplishments. They inspire our future by their experience.”

Since its launch in 2006, the Baking Hall of Fame will have enshrined 76 individuals with the 2017 class. They come from all walks of life in the baking industry — from bakeries, allied equipment and ingredient suppliers, schools, service organizations and publishers. Their accomplishments can be read at www.asbe.org/hall-of-fame/baking-hall-fame-inductees-year.

To start a nomination for future honors, please visit www.asbe.org/about-us/nomination.

The American Society of Baking is a community of baking professionals who are dedicated to improving the industry, their companies and themselves through education, leadership development and networking.  Visit www.asbe.org today and become a member.


CASBA Letter to Members – September 2016

Dear CASBA Member:

It is a little less than six months until we gather together in Orlando, Florida, for the 48th Annual CASBA Convention!  Be sure and mark the dates of February 19 – 21, 2017, on your calendar and begin now making your plans to join your CASBA friends at the Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida, for an informative and always fun time.

The Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort is located near Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, etc., so bring your family, come early and stay after the convention to enjoy all of the many entertainment and dining venues in the area.  After being in this area quite a few times in February, I can tell you that the weather is usually very comfortable at this time of year!

We have room blocks for CASBA members to reserve in four different room styles and rates, beginning with the Club Room Suites at $249.00/night (+12.5% tax and $11.00/night resort fee).  The resort fee includes high speed wireless internet in each suite or villa; use of the Academy of Golf driving range and three regulation golf holes; the 9-hole Pitch ‘n Putt course; free parking on the entire resort; internal resort shuttle service; use of the health club; access to the tennis/racquet courts, bicycles and boats; and many more amenities, including charging privileges at the Hyatt Grand Cypress next door.  There is also scheduled shuttle transportation to Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios available.

To make your room reservations, please call the toll-free number, 1-800-835-7377, press #1 for new reservations and reference “CASBA” or “Cookie & Snack Baker’s Association”.  Be sure and check in often on the CASBA website (www.CASBA.us), as we will be adding updated information and details for the annual meeting on the site as they become available.  Also, be on the lookout for additional mailings with information on registration, sponsorships, golf, etc.

You should have already received a copy of your 2016 CASBA DUES INVOICE for calendar year 2017 in the mail. We are happy to announce that the dues will remain at $275.00 for this coming calendar year. As always, the annual dues are per company, which includes as many representatives from your company as you wish to bring.

I look forward to seeing you at the 48th annual convention and ask that if you have any ideas or suggestions for our upcoming meeting, please share them with me or one of the other CASBA officers.

Best Regards,

William Bennett
CASBA President

For more information on the 48th Annual CASBA Convention and the Villas of Grand Cypress, please click on the “News & Events” tab in the menu above.

2017 CASBA Membership Dues Form

The 2017 CASBA Membership Dues are available for payment for the coming calendar year. We appreciate every member company’s effort to get your dues paid by 12/31/16.

You may have already received a copy of the 2017 CASBA Membership Dues form in the mail.  If not, you can download and print a copy of the form at the following link:  2017 CASBA DUES FORM

Since we do not have electronic payment availability at this time, please fill out the form and mail a check for the 2017 dues to:

Thomas R. Lugar, CASBA Treasurer
Thomas L. Green, LLC
7517 Winton Drive
Indianapolis, IN, USA, 46268

CASBA’s 48th Annual Convention – Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL – February 19 – 21, 2017

2016-Villas of Grand Cypress Promotional BrochureLet’s Get Ready For CASBA 2017!

From February 19 – 21, 2017, come and join your friends and colleagues in the Cookie and Snack Baker’s Association at the 48th Annual CASBA Convention, at the Villas of Grand Cypress , Orlando, Florida!

In the coming weeks, 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 2017 conference, please contact William Bennett, CASBA President (770-565-1942 or william@pluspointgroup.com), or Craig Parrish, CASBA Executive Director (csparrish27@gmail.com).

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as many new ones in 2017!

Check out this link for more information on the Villas at Grand Cypress:  Villas of Grand Cypress Brochure

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“Book of Memories” Reminder

I want to refresh members’ minds about our CASBA “Book of Memories”.  You can either send memorials to me (see email address below) or bring them to our February 2017 Convention in Orlando, Florida!

-Craig Parrish ( csparrish27@gmail.com )


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 group of colleagues from Reading Bakery Systems. At right is Craig Parrish, Executive Director of CASBA.


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