Tom Polke is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Ferrara Candy Company. He led the successful merger of Farley’s and Sathers Candy Company with Ferrara Pan Candy and was responsible for the integration of activities between the two companies. Prior to the merger, Tom oversaw the day-to-day operations of Ferrara Pan Candy and as Chief Operating Officer and played an integral role in growing the company from sales of $100 million to over $300 million annually. His leadership roles at Florsheim, Favorite Brands International and IVAX Corporation, along with his experience as a consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP, have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge in mergers and acquisitions, business reengineering, sales and marketing and new product introductions. Tom is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.