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 (, 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, or Craig Parrish, CASBA Executive Director (

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

 Villas of Grand Cypress    

Villa Living Room Villa Dining Room + LR 1-Bedroom Suite 1-BR Suite-Kitchen


“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 ( )


Thank You Note from Gene and Phyllis Veazey


“We want to thank our CASBA friends for the beautiful floral arrangement furnished at the Memorial Service for our dear daughter, Denise!!!” – Gene and Phyllis Veazey

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.

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.

3 Lifetime Awards Presented at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Crockett Cobble, back, CASBA 2013 President

Craig Parrish, left front, long-time VP of Finance at Bishop Baking, now retired from Kellogg.

Bud Cason, center front, Founder, Owner, CEO of Bud’s Best Cookies, Birmingham, AL;

Gene Veazey, right front, long-time President of Bishop Baking Company, Cleveland, TN and now retired from Keebler.

History and Background

In the summer of 1970, several Baker & Allied friends gathered in an Atlanta, GA, hotel to discuss re-forming the former Southern Bakers’ Association, which had recently ceased operation. Among those present were Johnny Murray, Murray Biscuit Company, Augusta, GA; Bud Cason, Greg’s Cookie Company, Birmingham, AL; Gene Veazey, CEO of Bishop Baking Company, Cleveland, TN; and Craig Parrish, Finance VP, Bishop Baking, Cleveland, TN.  During that initial meeting, it was decided to rename the organization the Cookie & Snack Bakers’ Association, or CASBA.  Bud Cason was elected the first President and CASBA had its first formal meeting in Atlanta during the fall of 1970.  Gene Veazey followed Bud Cason as President in 1971.  Craig Parrish was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Bakers, with Tom Lugar serving as Treasurer from the Allied side of the business.

Eventually the group formed a corporation (CASBA, Inc.) and Craig Parrish was named Executive Director, while Tom Lugar was named Treasurer.  Murray Biscuit was sold several times and is now owned by Kellogg’s.  Greg’s Cookie Company and Biship Baking were sold, as well.  Bud Cason remained out of the industry for five years before forming Bud’s Best Cookies in Birmingham, AL, where he is presently Chariman/CEO.  Bud’s son, Al, Jr., is now President and Chief Operating Officer at Bud’s Best Cookies, Inc., and served as CASBA President in 2010 and 2011.  Gene Veazey and Craig Parrish, old-time school buddies, who also served in the Army together, linked up at the former Bishop Baking and Dortch Baking Companies.  Both Gene and Craig are retired from their former companies, but remain very active in CASBA, with Craig continuing to serve as Executive Director.

Some other members of note are Mr. Ed Weidenmiller, who sponsored the Weidenmiller Tennis Trophy as well as serving as Secretary to the association. The Weidenmiller company of Itasca, IL, has been serving the baking industry for over 100 years.  Another notable CASBA member that has passed the centurian mark in business is The Thomas L. Green Manufacturing Company, headed by Thomas R. Lugar, Treasurer of CASBA, Inc.

While CASBA membership was originally formed with a focus on bakers and suppliers in the Southeast United States, today, membership is open to any Cookie or Snack Baker or Bakery Supplier (Allied), no matter the size or location.

CASBA’s Person of the Year 2012 – William Bennett

CASBA’s 2012 Person of the Year is William H. Bennett, Managing Partner, Plus Point Group, LLC. Marietta, Georgia. His tenure at that position is 11 years, followed by 19 years at other Bakery and Packaging positions.

William has also served many years as CASBA Member, CASBA Board and Chairman of Membership, Chairman of Registrations.