The Retail Bakers of America announces the 2011 Class of Emeritus Members includes Barry Kahn and Jack Karp. Both will be honored at an awards banquet at All Things Baking held in Schaumburg, IL, October 2-4, 2011.

Established in 2007, the emeritus membership was designed to honor those who influenced the association and the industry.  With numerous baking and decorating professionals, and those of the equipment supplier community, who continue to be active and contribute to the Association and the industry, RBA decided to recognize their work by establishing this honor.

RBA’s Board of Directors nominates individuals from their regional associations, highlighting the significant contributions made to the Association and the industry. Members of the Emeritus Member class are awarded an individual lifetime membership.

Barry Kahn

Barry Kahn is owner/president of Food Scene, Inc.  After working in the family business, Federal Bakers, until its sale, he started Food Scene in 1981 with just 2 associates and has grown the company to 42 associates.  Barry is a long time member and supporter of the RBA and is also supporter of the New Jersey Bakers Board of Trade and the Atlantic Bakery Expo.  He has committed himself and the entire resources of his company to supporting the baking industry for many years. 

Jack Karp

Jack Karp was the President and CEO of Karp and Sons from the early 1970’s until its sale to CSM in 1999.  He was responsible for the progression of Karp’s from a small, older facility local bakery distributor to one of a national level distributor, manufacturer, and industry innovator.  In retirement, Jack is active as he dedicates his time and resources to helping those that have a difficult time helping themselves. He continues to live his life as a true genuine humble humanitarian.

Retail Bakers of America (RBA) – a 501(c)6 not-for-profit trade association caters to retail bakeries, allied suppliers, educators, students and other industry partners, and is committed to the success of the retail baking industry. Founded in 1918, RBA works as the bakers’ business partner and resource provider, and is the nation’s premier source of industry information.  

All Things Baking is a new, national trade show that will serve as the industry’s annual marketplace, meeting place and educational forum during the two-year gap in the IBIE rotation. Sponsored by Retail Bakers of America, American Bakers Association and Bakery Equipment Manufacturers Association, this show will be an exciting, high-energy event with educational and exhibit offerings focused on keeping baking and food service professionals on the leading edge of consumer trends. Professional bakers, caterers, restaurateurs, pastry chefs, cake decorators, chocolatiers, bakery directors and other culinary professionals are invited to attend to explore the ever-changing art of pastries, desserts and breads, hone their skills and get the information, answers and strategies they need to make their businesses more productive and profitable.