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Innovate State with Dave Zilko
Dave Zilko has been a food entrepreneur for over 25 years – most prominently at metro Detroit-based Garden-Fresh Gourmet, where from 2002-2015 Zilko served as vice chairman, primarily responsible for strategy and sales. He succeeded in taking the company from $4.6 million in annual revenue to just over $110 million prior to engineering a sale to the Campbell Soup Co. for close to a quarter-billion dollars. From his Garden-Fresh experience, Zilko wrote the book “Irrational Persistence; Seven Secrets That Turned a Bankrupt Startup into a $231,000,000 Business.” Zilko currently serves as CEO of FUEL Leadership, an emerging video-centric digital media property that operates in the professional development space, targeting aspiring millennial professionals. Zilko is on the executive board of Forgotten Harvest, the largest food rescue operation in the United States; serves on the advisory board of Jimmy Buffett’s charitable trust Singing for Change; and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Grow Michigan board, which provides mezzanine financing to emerging companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA in marketing from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Free pizza and pop will be provided. Visit Eventbrite for more information on this event.