Shelly Olesen, vice president of sales and marketing for food processing/concession equipment manufacturer C. Cretors and Company, has received the 2012 Bert Nathan Memorial Award.
The award recognizes leadership and significant accomplishment in the theatre concessions industry and honors the late Bert Nathan, a past president of the National Association of Concessionaires and a leader in the theatre concessions industry.
Olesen was selected for the award by previous Nathan Memorial Award recipients.
The honor will be presented to Olesen April 24 by NAC President John Evans Jr. during CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Olesen has worked at Cretors for more than 20 years, beginning as western regional sales manager, rising to senior marketing manager responsible for developing the North American theater market, and finally reaching her current position, in which she directs the company’s overall domestic and international sales and marketing effort.
Prior to joining Cretors, Olesen sold electronics to the airline industry for Midway Electronics.
“We are extremely proud that Shelly Olesen has been singled out for this honor, one of the most coveted in our industry,” said Cretors president Andrew Cretors.
“She has worked tirelessly for the company and the community and I can think of no one more deserving of the recognition.”
Olesen was the key organizer of Cretors’ gala 125th anniversary celebration, which doubled as a tribute to the concession industry and was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
More than 400 attendees celebrated the milestone with Cretors, including local Chicago celebrities, community leaders, vendors, studios, and customers from 48 different countries.
In addition to celebrating Cretors’ success, Olesen was instrumental in ensuring that the 125th anniversary event benefitted the community, raising more than $35,000 for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the arts in Chicago Public Schools.
Olesen is a member of NAC, and received the Friends of Exhibition/NATO Great States Convention award in 2005, as well as the Person of the Industry award from the Tri-State Independent Theater Association in 2009.
She is also on the boards of the Junior Women’s Club of Deerfield, a community-based social and service organization, and the Variety Club Golf Committee.
For more information about Cretors, go to www.cretors.com.