2 WISE Leaders Honored as Women of Influence

Wise Winners

Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE), the member organization fostering diverse collaboration in the store brand industry, announced this week that two board members have been selected for top food industry honors, Women of Influence in the Food Industry, sponsored by The Griffin Report of Food Marketing. Recognizing the highly visible contributions of women executives to the food industry, their professionalism, and awareness generated for the potential of women in food businesses and related organizations, the Women of Influence honors have been awarded annually since 2006. The WISE honorees are:

Peggy S. Davies, Founder and Board Chair of WISE, is currently Vice President of the Vegetable Business Unit and Industrial Sales for McCain Foods USA, Inc., a producer of frozen products for the food service industry.  Active in the private label food industry, Davies was elected to the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Hall of Fame in 2013. She founded WISE in 2011 to promote collaboration and leadership among women in the private label industry.

Tamara (Tami) Polmanteer, Board Member of WISE, is Chief Human Resource Officer of private brand company Daymon Worldwide. She is a human resources professional with experience in U.S. and international organizations, as well as an expert on diversity, change management, and HR strategy, and serves as Advisory Board member for the Institute for Corporate Productivity and U.S. advisory partner for Enactus.

Women of Influence in the Food Industry honors are designed to recognize the contributions of women leaders in the food industry, representing food brokers, distributors, retailers, franchises, manufacturers, private label marketers, restaurants, associations and organizations, and universities.



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Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan).

Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s.
Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago.

Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.