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P Magee Enterprises is a public relations agency with a vision for helping businesses in the confectionery and chocolate manufacturing industry achieve distinction in the marketplace. Our office is based in Richfield, OH, (between Cleveland, Akron) and we meet with you by phone, email, social media, or in person as part of our service.
We will have been at this for 19 years, as of March 17, 2018, and we celebrate. Although P Magee Enterprises remains a single-proprietorship, the editorial “we” comes from talking with other professionals in the candy industry that include old friends and new, and still-to-come friends. The Web site you are viewing has been produced by many hands and minds and kicks off our celebration. Everyone we’ve ever known has gone into the making of P Magee Enterprises. Thank you.
Pat Magee hails from Lancaster, PA. Her first memory of chocolate making, besides helping her mother make and sample fudge, was a field trip in first grade to a nearby, world-famous chocolate factory. Time passed ... and she moved west (to Ohio) to go to college. She began her journalism career in business-to-business publishing after graduating from Kent State University and doing some odd and editorial jobs.
At the beginning of her journalism career, Magee served as night editor at the Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper, and apprenticed at the print shop that published it. Her career progressed into public relations for a health maintenance organization, adding to her technical writing, photography, and editing skills.
After reading about a major publishing company's move from New York to Cleveland, Magee applied and found her dream job at Candy Industry magazine, through which she gained her contacts and confidence in confectionery reporting. During that time, Magee spent 17 years immersed in the language of the international confectionery field.
The gift of that experience provided visits to more than 100 candy plants worldwide and writing about them. Advertising sales to suppliers of equipment, ingredients and packaging materials advanced her position to management as publisher of the magazine. A special bright spot included serving as manager of the Candy Industry Kettle Committee, where she publicized and promoted the prestigious Kettle Award for almost two decades.
As that chapter closed, she moved on to establish her own agency just prior to the arrival of the 21st century. Since 1999, Magee’s company continues to evolve as a consultancy that has ranged from machinery sales, to speaking at industry events in the USA and abroad, attending and participating in trade shows, enhancing publicity for individuals and companies via tailored public relations services, and publishing a wide-range of news stories and feature articles in on-line and print magazines.
Why not today!?
The intention of P Magee Enterprises is to help others in the confectionery industry meet their editorial and promotional goals with creativity and timeliness.
Call or send us an email. We enjoy hearing from you.
Malcolm Blue, Peters Chocolate Co., Div. Nestle, shares
placenta of cacao pod with Pat during Elaine Gonzalez's
first guided tour into Tabasco and Oaxaca, Mexico.
The staff cleans up pretty well after setting up the booth:
(l-r) Rich Kiesel, Pat Magee, Liesbeth Severiens.
Pat at 2010 Induction into the Candy Hall of Fame, presented by the National Confectionery Sales Association.
Sharing the event with her at the head table is husband, Greg Nemetz. Following is a bit of her acceptance speech, which fortunately, only had to last 5 minutes:
The Candy Hall of Fame
What an honor it is to be talking to you
And standing up on this stage.
It blows me away to realize
I’ve reached that certain age.
A few years ago when Teresa & Steve said
That someone submitted my name:
Well I laughed, I chortled and retorted,
“I’m not old enough” was my refrain.
Yours truly was still stubbornly bound
Not to admit that it might be a fit –
But lo and behold that esteemed age came
To be considered for the best of it.
Now, at RCI, PMCA, NCA, or AACT,
That milestone age I won’t claim.
But I am honored to join this very elite group
At the glittering NCSA Candy Hall of Fame.
- Pat Magee 2010