People Watch

Allen Mckie,
 sales Manager for the Upper Midwest for Georgia nut Co., has Retired. Mckie had Been With Georgia nut Since it Acquired Chocolate House in 2005. he was President of Chocolate House From 1990 to 2005.
McKie was actively involved in the confectionery industry throughout his career. He was a member of the National Confectioners Association’s Board of Directors and served on its Executive Committee. In addition, he was president of the Milwaukee chapter of the American Association of Candy Technologists and served on its Advisory Board.
He plans to stay active in the confectionery industry during his retirement; to travel with his wife, Anne; to spend more time with his eight grandchildren; and to volunteer.
Cassie Folk has joined the National Confectioners Association as vice president of federal government affairs. Prior to joining NCA, Folk was the director of government relations for Feld Entertainment, which produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses and Disney on Ice.
Ben Plavin has joined Koko’s Confectionery and Novelty as product development manager. Plavin’s prior employers include Mattel, Toy Max (Candy Planet), A.C. Coin Slot and Frankford Candy and Chocolate, where he spearheaded Nickelodeon’s penetration into the seasonal candy category.