This award recognizes and celebrates new volunteers who have demonstrated leadership qualities of value to FEMA in a relatively short time. The Emerging Leader Award is intended to be given to the most deserving candidate and will only be given in years with a worthy recipient.


2024 Honoree


Dave Franz

Dave Franz

Chief Commercial Officer

Dave Franz serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for FlavorSum, where he leads the sales, marketing, and R&D organization in executing the company's commercial strategy. Dave has more than 15 years of experience in sales and progressive leadership roles at regional and global flavor manufacturers. He completed the Bachelor of Agricultural Business and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Illinois. Dave has taken a leading role in driving the success of the Supply Chain Sustainability Committee. As Vice Chair, his commitment to fulfilling the committees' objectives fueled the expansion of programs that engage and bring value to professionals across multiple functions.

Dave will be honored at the Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) on April 30 in Isle of Palms, Charleston, SC.


Past Award Winners

  • 2023: Adam Gromer, Synergy Flavors

  • 2022: Tanya Ditschun, Ph.D., Firmenich

  • 2021: Alex Brewer, McCormick & Company

  • 2020: Colleen Sabiel, Coca-Cola Company

  • 2019: Nicole Berzins, MycoTechnology, Inc.

  • 2018: Martin Ongteco, Robertet, Inc.

  • 2017: Jeff Peppet, Givaudan

  • 2016: Josh Vernoski, FONA International Inc.